by JAMES LING
Neil Warnock will look to change Cardiff City’s fortunes starting with the Severnside derby on Friday night.
Warnock takes over with the club currently sat second from bottom, having only won twice this season.
Since joining the Bluebirds, Warnock has already bolstered his side. Junior Hoilett, Sol Bamba, Maroane Chamakh and Kieran Richardson all put pen to paper this week, and are in line to make their debuts.
Bristol head to the Cardiff City Stadium as one of the league’s top scorers and currently sit fifth, thanks in large parts to England U21 international Tammy Abraham.
The on-loan Chelsea starlet has already bagged eight goals this season for the Robins and is showing no sign of letting up.
Lee Johnson’s Robins haven’t tasted success in the Welsh capital back in 2002.
The manager merry-go-round continued this week with new other appointments; Steve Bruce joined Aston Villa, with Steve McClaren making a shock return to Derby County.
The Rams sit 20th in the table and have just one win in their last six games. McClaren’s first job will be to get their £8m striker Matej Vydra back in form.
They host Gary Monk’s Leeds United on Saturday.
Leeds have lost once in their last six and are the league’s in-form side. However, the Whites will be without their boss, after he was awarded touchline ban for abusive language in their 1-0 defeat to Bristol City.
In the late kick off, Aston Villa take on midland rivals Wolves.
Villa have not won in six albeit five of the six have been draws. Bruce will surely have to look to summer signing Johnathan Kodjia to turn the draws into wins.
Wolves started brightly this season but a drop in form which has seen Walter Zenga’s men fall to 12th in the league and five points off from the play-offs. They too will look to return to winning ways.
Meanwhile at the top of the table Norwich are home to championship strugglers Rotherham as they look to keep pace with Huddersfield Town.
While in-form Brentford travel to Tyneside to face Newcastle. A win for the Bees could see them move into the play-off spots.
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City
Barnsley v Fulham
Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town
Brighton and Hove Albion v Preston North End
Wigan Athletic v Burton Albion
QPR v Reading
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday