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Championship weekend talking points

The Championship is now just 11 games away from its conclusion, yet we are still far away from knowing exactly how either end of the table will look come May.

This weekend, there are some big fixtures to watch out for, such as Leeds’ clash with Hull City and West Brom’s encounter with Wigan Athletic.

Here, we bring you five of the biggest talking points of the weekend.

Can Brentford stop the rot against Cardiff?

The Bees have finished in the top half in each of the last five seasons, but they have made the play-offs on just one of those occasions. Those aspirations have not been helped by the departure of star players such as Neal Maupay, Chris Mepham, Ezri Konsa, Andre Gray, Scott Hogan and Jota – just some of those to have left Griffin Park for significant fees.

Currently fifth in the Championship table, they are in the midst of a four-match winless run, with their latest fixture being a 2-1 loss at home to bottom of the table Luton. Against Cardiff, they face a side whose form has been erratic recently – they beat West Brom, for example, but lost to Stoke – but the Bluebirds are just six points off the top six themselves.

With the likes of Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins now being eyed by the Premier League, you wonder whether there will be another exodus this summer – a win against the Welsh side, though. would boost their hopes of being in the elite next year themselves.

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West Brom face tough Wigan challenge

On paper, West Brom’s match against Wigan Athletic should be a comfortable win for the Baggies – Slaven Bilic’s side lead the division by four points, whilst the Latics find themselves in the relegation zone. However, in the Championship, nothing can be taken for granted, and the Lancashire outfit’s recent forms suggests it won’t be an easy fixture at all for the Midlands club at the Hawthorns.

Of their last seven matches, Wigan have won four, drawn two and lost just one, with that run including a win against second-placed Leeds away from home.

Kieffer Moore is one for the home side to keep an eye on – he has scored three goals in his last three matches.

Perfect chance for Bamford to end dry spell

Leeds, it seems, have put an end to their terrible run of form that saw them win just two matches in 11 – they are currently unbeaten in their last four, and have won their last three matches 1-0.

Patrick Bamford’s performances, though, have not improved along with those of his team. The 26-year-old did score a brace against Millwall, but they are his only two strikes in his last 11 games, and the fans continue to get on his back.

Against Hull, though, he has the perfect opportunity to end his drought.

The Tigers have conceded 15 goals in their last six matches, and only four sides in the division have shipped more than their 54. Jean-Kevin Augustin will not be in the squad, as confirmed by Marcelo Bielsa.

It it time for the former Nottingham Forest youngster to shine and silence his doubters.

Charlton & Huddersfield in relegation six-pointer

It is tight at the bottom of the table – just six points separate 24th and 18th – and all six sides are in danger of dropping down to the third tier.

Three more points for those at the top end of that mini-table, though, could give them some breathing space, which makes 18th-placed Charlton’s and 19th-placed Huddersfield’s clash this weekend extra important.

The two sides come off the back of contrasting results – the Addicks conceded in stoppage time to lose 1-0 against Sheffield Wednesday, whilst the Terriers prevailed 2-1 against Bristol City. As the former look to recover from that gutting defeat, they will be relying on 29-year-old Lyle Taylor to provide inspiration – of the 10 games he has scored in this campaign, they have won six and draw three, whilst they were victorious in just two of the 13 matches he missed through injury.

Will Stoke get relegated?

Yes

Yes

No

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Stoke vs Luton huge at the bottom

What a fall from grace it has been for Stoke City. The Potters spent 10 consecutive seasons in the Premier League, and even reached an FA Cup final in 2011. However, following their relegation in 2018, they have failed to get to grips with the Championship, and are now in 20th place in the table.

They have won four of their last eight, but that has not got them out of trouble and this week they face Luton in a huge battle at the bottom.

The Hatters have spent much of the season in dire straights but they too have shown signs of revival in recently, winning three of their last four including a 2-1 victory away at Brentford.

Still four points adrift of safety, though, they have plenty of work to do. However, they will be confident of getting another positive result against Stoke this weekend.

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