Middlesbrough duo out for the season, Leeds United to face reported summer target while Rotherham star offers rallying call - Championship Good Friday preview
Every Championship club is in action on Good Friday - with plenty still to unfold at the top and bottom of the table.
By Jordan Cronin
Thursday, 18th April 2019, 4:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th April 2019, 4:34 pm
Middlesbrough's Tony Pulis and Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa
Scroll down and click through the pages as we highlight the key talking points from Good Friday in the second-tier:
Its a huge game for both sides - both for different reasons as the Robins aim to secure a playoff spot while a win could effectively secure Readings Championship status.
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Just two points above the relegation zone, Millwall are desperate for three points to aid their survival hopes - however they will have to do it without their captain, Shaun Hutchinson.
With both sides having virtually nothing to play for, it could be a chance for Rs caretaker boss John Eustace to potentially stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis.
Derbys main focus lies hunting down a playoff spot, however Rams boss Frank Lampard used parts of his pre-match press conference to confirm hes held talks with Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie.
It hasnt been ideal preparation for under-fire Tony Pulis as Boro attempt to beat Bristol City and Derby to a playoff spot. Defensive duo Daniel Ayala and Dael Fry are both out for the season.
Two points adrift from safety, Rotherham winger Anthony Forde has called for his teammates to be ready and organised after earning an impressive point at Stoke City last time out.
Its an outside shot but Hull are still vying for the playoffs. It could be the ideal time to play the Baggies, who have all-but secured a place in the top six and remain without a permanent manager.
Again, this is virtually a dead nothing game, with Preston boss Alex Neil admitting he is already looking towards next season.
Could the arrival of new owner Laurence Bassini provide a timely boost for Bolton? The Trotters need to beat both Villa and Blackburn over the weekend or their relegation to League One will be sealed.
Its advantage Leeds in the race for 2nd and The Blades have it all to do WITHOUT key trio Billy Sharp, Chris Basham and John Egan against Forest.
With Wednesdays playoff chances all-but over (though not completely), Steve Bruce has been biggin up opponents Norwich, labelling their season as remarkable. Bruce also hinted at a Jordan Rhodes return.
Leeds United were linked with Wigan playmaker Nick Powell earlier in the week, and boss Paul Cook has revealed the former Manchester United man will play at Elland Road, despite a hamstring niggle.