Saturday marks a return to league football for the majority of sides following the FA Cup third-round weekend.
Leeds could move into the top half with a comprehensive victory over Brighton at Elland Road, while West Ham host Burnley knowing three points will help them close the gap to the top four.
In the Championship, Bournemouth and Watford have favourable home matches, with leaders Norwich travelling to Cardiff.
Below we run the rule over Sky’s Super 6 fixtures for Saturday, offering our predictions and tips.
Leeds 2-1 Brighton
Leeds will be smarting from their FA Cup defeat to Crawley and determined to bounce back when relegation-threatened Brighton visit on Saturday. The Seagulls are now just two points above the drop zone having played twice more than Fulham in 18th and have not kept a clean sheet in six matches. Slow starts on the road have cost Graham Potter’s side this season with Brighton going into the break behind in five of their nine away matches. Leeds relish playing on the front foot and only Liverpool have a higher xG (expected goals) than the newcomers this term. However, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have conceded at least one goal in 75 per cent of their home matches.
Sky Bet odds (price boost): Leeds to win and both teams to score 3/1
Cardiff 1-0 Norwich
Cardiff welcome leaders Norwich aiming to halt a run of four straight defeats across all competitions. That sequence started with a 2-0 away loss at Carrow Road but Neil Harris can take heart from the fact his side score a lot more goals at home (1.64 per 90 minutes). The first goal will be key on Saturday as Cardiff have defended their lead in six of the eight games in which they have scored first. That statistic perhaps reflects their habit of scoring late, with 12 of their 29 goals coming in the final 15 minutes of matches. It means Cardiff’s hopes will likely hinge on shutting out the champions elect, who have scored in 82 per cent of their league games so far.
Sky Bet odds: Cardiff to win to nil 5/1
Bournemouth 3-1 Luton
Bournemouth have scored more home goals than any Championship side this season (21) and have lost just once at the Vitality Stadium all season. That does not bode well for a Luton side who have struggled on the road this term and fallen towards the bottom of the form table after just one win in five. The Hatters have gone six away games without a win and could probably do without a visit to freescoring Bournemouth. Luton boss Nathan Jones has also seen his squad weakened in recent days after Rhys Norrington-Davies was recalled by parent club Sheffield United.
Sky Bet odds (price boost): Bournemouth to win and both teams to score 10/3
West Ham 0-0 Burnley
Burnley have scored just four goals away from home all season, winning just once (at Arsenal). It does not make good reading for Sean Dyche’s men, but they will take comfort from the fact West Ham have not kept a clean sheet at the London Stadium in four. The front line is also causing a minor headache for David Moyes, who is expected to move for a striker this month following Sebastien Haller’s departure. Their top-scoring frontman Jarrod Bowen averages just 0.28 goals per 90 minutes while the side have combined to miss 19 big chances already this season. Burnley and West Ham have both kept six clean sheets – only Manchester City, Southampton and Aston Villa have more.
Sky bet odds: Correct score 0-0 9/1
Watford 4-0 Huddersfield
Watford have won more points at home than any other side in the Championship this season while Huddersfield have shipped a league-high 21 goals on the road. Indeed, the Terriers have one of the leakiest defences in the league and at the other end will be tasked with carving open a Watford back line which has conceded just 17 goals all season. The Hornets have made a habit of scoring early on their return to the Championship and Huddersfield have only recovered five points from losing positions all seasons. It means another fast start for Watford could put the game beyond Carlos Corberán’s side before the interval.
Sky Bet odds: Watford to score four or more goals 15/2
Bristol City 1-2 Preston
This one will be a real mid-table dogfight. Bristol City have lost six of their last nine, including a defeat away at Preston before Christmas, and haven’t kept a clean sheet in five. Preston have one of the worst defensive records in the league, with only Coventry, Huddersfield and Wycombe conceding more since the start of the season. However, they are far better away from Deepdale and will fancy their chances at doing the double over Bristol City. Preston have scored in 91 per cent of their away matches and picked up more points on the road than 21 of their 23 Championship rivals.
Sky Bet odds (price boost): Preston to win and both teams to score 11/2
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