Championship Friday – Preston North End v Derby County

For the first time in a couple of weeks, Championship Friday isn’t a matchup of clubs near the top of the table, though the host this week probably had higher hopes for the season than how it has played out this far.

Preston North End, who finished last season two points out of the playoffs, have not done nearly that well this season. Nevertheless, there is still some time left in the season for the club to recover, and tonight’s match against Derby County would be a good place to start.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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Championship Friday – Norwich City v Birmingham City

Friday night Championship Football returns, and this one should be a great matchup between two clubs that are fighting for promotion, either automatically or through the playoff.

Norwich City, third in the league table (though not as high in our current Power Rankings), will welcome Birmingham City (currently 8th in the league) to Carrow Road. Norwich is looking to snap its current four-match winless streak (0-3-1), while Birmingham City is trying to close its four point gap to the last playoff spot.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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Championship Friday – Leeds United v Derby County

Friday night Championship Football returns, and there’s already been some drama between the clubs before the lineups are even settled.

Leeds United, tops in the league table (though not as high in our current Power Rankings), will welcome Derby County (currently 6th in the league) to Elland Road. Leeds is looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table, while Derby County looks to maintain their spot in the playoffs.

But news has broke over the past few days of a Leeds employee nosing around the Derby County training ground, with motives not yet 100% clear. Derby is still considering whether to file a formal complaint, though rumors persist that the FA is going to investigate regardless. Nevertheless, it’s simply silly that a Leeds employee, even without ulterior motives, was spotted near the grounds so close to this important match.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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Championship Friday – Sheffield United v West Bromwich Albion

With the Premier League schedule condensed a bit due to European competition for six clubs, the Championship gets the opportunity to shine this weekend. Our “Match of the Week” kicks things off tonight in the “Battle at Bramall Lane,” with Sheffield United hosting West Bromwich Albion in a matchup of two Top 5 clubs.

Both clubs have been consistently in playoff position all season, and both have even topped the league at points this season. It should be one of the more exciting matches this weekend, and we should expect at least a few goals from two of the most prolific scoring teams in the Championship.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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