As festive football starts gathering momentum, Championship clubs will be looking to get off to a winning start in December. With a full set of fixtures staggered over the weekend, here are three games to keep an eye out for on matchday 21.
Barnsley vs Huddersfield
Momentum is not with the Tykes having taken just one point from their last four games and time is of the essence for Barnsley otherwise they run the risk of being set further adrift than their current 8 point gap after 20 games. Whilst every game is an opportunity in the Championship, this is the exact type of fixture where the hosts must deliver particularly as the new manager bounce under Poya Asbaghi looks to have evaded them. Huddersfield, like a number of clubs are within touching distance of the play-offs (Five points) so a win on the road will be a welcome result following two defeats in their last two outings.
Reading vs Hull
A 6 point deduction has left Reading lurking above the drop zone in 21st position. Their visitors on Saturday are on red hot form, having won their last four games in a row. Hull have revitalised their season, with three cleans sheets coming in those wins, Grant McCann will still know that the Tigers have to keep up their form to make sure they avoid getting dragged back into the relegation scrap that many would’ve tipped them for before a ball was kicked this season. It will be interesting to see a how a very hard game to call will be settled but a key game at the bottom of the league.
QPR vs Stoke
This game potentially holds interest for the whole of the division. With Bournemouth taking on Fulham, points will be lost one way or another in the automatic promotion spots. Their nearest challengers QPR have been on the type of form to mount a promotion push but failure to capitalise on points dropped from the top two is likely to set a precedent and eventually see a non-existent fight for automatic promotion. With the game being played on Sunday, the R’s will know what they can close the gap to. Stoke themselves are firmly in the mix sitting just two points off the play-offs and will be tough opposition at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
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