by JAMES LING
Queens Park Rangers will hope to get back to winning ways when they host Brentford in what will be a close West London derby on Friday evening.
A 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday brought QPR’s five game unbeaten run to an end, while visitors Brentford head to Loftus Road winless in their last four league games.
The Bees have to look as far back as 1964 for their last win at Loftus Road, and will look to September player of the month Scott Hogan, who boasts an impressive eight goals in 12 games, to add to his tally if they are to leave with all three points.
With both sides level on points, a win could see either side move up as high as eighth and back into the play-off picture.
Preston play host to league leaders Newcastle in what will be a rematch of midweek’s EFL cup game.
The hosts suffered a 6-0 thrashing at St James’ Park on Tuesday night. However, Preston’s league form presents a different picture, with the Lily Whites unbeaten in their last six league games.
Newcastle are also in fine form and will be looking to make it six wins from six. But the league leaders also boast one of the best away records in the league.
The Magpies have kept five clean sheets on the road with only Fulham on the opening day, and Aston Villa managing to score against them on their travels.
Norwich will look to bounce back from what can only be described as a miserable week for the Norfolk side when they travel to second place Brighton.
The Canaries suffered a surprise defeat at home to Preston last weekend, before being knocked out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
The drop in form has seen Alex Neil’s side fall to fourth in the table, while Brighton occupy second place, largely thanks to an eight game unbeaten run. The Seagulls are just three points off leaders Newcastle.
Managerless Wolves travel to Blackburn who occupy the last relegation spot, in what will be the Wanderers’ first game since Walter Zenga was sacked.
A run of five games without a win has seen Wolves drop down to 18th, and that was enough for the Midlands side’s board to call time on the Italian’s tenure.
Blackburn have managed to steady the ship in recent weeks, despite an away defeat to Bristol City last weekend. Rovers have managed to pick up four points in their last three home games.
The history books are with Wolves for this one. They are unbeaten in their last six visits to Ewood Park.
A win for Rovers could see them move one point behind Wolves.
Sunday will play host to the Black Country derby as Birmingham welcome Aston Villa to St Andrew’s.
The Blues head into the game on the brink of the play-offs occupying seventh place and level on points with Bristol City.
Gary Rowett’s side have lost two of their last three games, with the side shipping in seven goals.
Villa meanwhile have turned their poor form on its head since the arrival of Steve Bruce. The Villians have picked up seven from a possible nine points and a win on Sunday for the could move them just three behind their arch rivals.
Barnsley Vs Bristol City
Cardiff Vs Wigan Athletic
Derby County Vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham Vs Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town Vs Rotherham United
Leeds United Vs Burton Albion
Reading Vs Nottingham Forest