BBC pundit 'baffled' by Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United decision, Fulham chief rates chances of catching Whites as West Brom star weighs in with suggestion - Championship preview

Leeds United could massively bolster their automatic promotion hopes with a win at Fulham on Saturday - but will they succeed?

Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:15 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:24 pm
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has come under criticism from a former Whites striker

As ever, with some key games to watch out for, we preview the main talking points ahead of this weekend's Championship fixture list. Scroll and click through the pages:

The bottom six all face off in a huge fixture this weekend - Barnsley, Wigan, Stoke, Luton, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield. A bad start to the festive period may prove devastating come the end of the season.
With seven players out of contract in the summer, Jonathan Woodgate, who faces old club Stoke City tomorrow, expects approaches from other clubs, though hopes they will stay. He didnt sound too confident, though

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Addicks fans and officials have been waiting for confirmation of a takeover from the EFL since last month and current owner Roland Duchatelet released a statement on Friday politely asking them to hurry up!
With just five points separating 3rd and 12th, results over the weekend and over the Christmas period really could prove crucial. Even clubs like QPR and Hull on 31 and 30 points, respectively, have a chance of rising up the table.
Sabri Lamouchis men were closing in on the top two before a run of four games without a win has seen Forest drop to as low as 8th. January comes at a good time, with Dwight Gayle, Che Adams and Glenn Murray all reported targets.
Sheff Weds 4-0 win at Forest hasnt feared the out of form Robins. Instead, assistant manager Jamie McAllister thinks it is a good time to play the Owls as they might be a bit complacent. Hang that up in the dressing room!
Talk of a potential heavy punishment over the Hillsborough sale allegations has been non-stop. However, Garry Monk has kept his side focused - unbeaten in their last five - and is now hoping to hold talks over January signings.
A tricky encounter awaits the league leaders as Brentford visit the Hawthorns. Bartley believes there are still seven or eight teams that can threaten the top two with one team destined to go on a remarkable run of results.
Ahead of the encounter with Leeds, Scott Parker hailed West Brom and the Whites as the best teams in the Championship but Parker says his team have a slight chance of catching one of them in the top two race.
The BBC man doesnt appear to have let go of last weeks Cardiff collapse. Whelan was baffled by Bielsas decision to bring Pascal Struijk on for Gaetano Berardi. He also questioned why Oliver Casey was omitted from the squad.