championship week preview – 29 october – 4 november

09:30    29 Oct 2018

Stoke City's Darren Fletcher
The 2018/19 EFL Championship will see a full set of fixtures played over the coming weekend, with no less than four matches live on Fox Sports 1.

The weekend’s action – and Fox’s coverage – begins at 21h45 CAT on Friday night when Aston Villa take on Bolton Wanderers. Villa lost both of their league clashes last week, going down 2-1 and 1-0 away to Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers respectively, leaving them looking to the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Jonathan Kodjia and Yannick Bolasie for inspiration for this clash with a Bolton team which has gone five games without a win.

Fox Sports 1’s coverage continues on Saturday with a 17h00 kick-off which sees Rotherham United host Swansea City. Semi Ajayi’s Millers have failed to win any of their last eight matches and have slipped down to 21st, just above the relegation zone. They will be desperate to beat a Swans team chasing a third straight win.

Also in action at 17h00 is league leaders Sheffield United, who face a tricky trip to Nottingham Forest, Frank Lampard’s upwardly-mobile Derby County are at home to Birmingham City, and Ahmed Hegazy’s West Bromwich Albion are away to the Tigers of Hull City.

Saturday’s late game, which kicks off at 19h30 CAT and will be live on Fox Sports 1, sees Oghenekaro Etebo’s Stoke City host title hopefuls Middlesbrough. The visitors will look to DR Congo’s Britt Assombalonga to fire them to victory at the Bet365 Stadium.

Finally, the weekend wraps up with another game live on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday (and kicking off at 15h30 CAT) as Wigan Athletic host Leeds United in an all-Northern battle.Sam Morsy’s Latics are looking to avoid a hat-trick of losses after going down to Millwall and Sheffield United last week.

EFL Championship fixtures, 29 October – 4 November

All times CAT

Friday 2 November

21:45: Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers – Live on Fox Sports 1

Saturday 3 November

17:00: Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers

17:00: Brentford v Millwall

17:00: Derby County v Birmingham City

17:00: Hull City v West Bromwich Albion

17:00: Ipswich Town v Preston North End

17:00: Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United

17:00: Reading v Bristol City

17:00: Rotherham United v Swansea City – Live on Fox Sports 1

17:00: Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City

19:30: Stoke City v Middlesbrough – Live on Fox Sports 1

Sunday 4 November

15:30: Wigan Athletic v Leeds United – Live on Fox Sports 1

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