Steve Bruce will take centre stage on Saturday when his promotion-chasing Aston Villa side face one of his former clubs – Hull City.
The former Manchester United defender guided the Tigers to two promotions to the Premier League – in 2013 and 2016 – before joining Villa in October 2016.
He will be desperate for a victory on his return to Hull as Villa have lost back-to-back games to QPR and Bolton, results which have left them in fourth, seven points adrift of second-placed Cardiff.
However, it will not be easy for Villa as the Tigers, despite slumping to a desperate 3-0 loss at Birmingham in their last game, have improved under Nigel Adkins and are six points clear of the drop-zone after winning four of their last eight matches, including a 4-3 victory against Norwich earlier this month.
Birmingham City had been in freefall before beating the Tigers and Garry Monk’s side can make it two triumphs in a row by getting the better of mid-table Ipswich Town. The Blues had lost seven games in a row before defeating Hull and are 6/1 to emerge victorious against Ipswich from behind.
On Friday three of the Championship’s form teams can enhance their play-off claims by beating mid-table opposition.
Preston visit Sheffield Wednesday knowing that they have only lost three of their 19 matches away from Deepdale this term. A victory by a one-goal margin for Alex Neil’s side at Hillsborough appears to be good value at 11/4.
Millwall have moved to within four points of a play-off spot after putting together a 12-match unbeaten run and they can extend that sequence by beating Nottingham Forest. A 1-0 victory for the Lions is available at 11/2.
Third-placed Fulham can extend their 16-match unbeaten run by beating Norwich City at Carrow Road with odds on a 2-1 victory for the Cottagers very appealing at 17/2.
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