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Weekend Preview – March 9-11

The glamour match took place today as Birmingham regained top spot in the Championship from Derby by beating their promotion rivals thanks to a goal from striker Rowan Vine. The Blues also took all three points back on October 26th, 2006 courtesy of a late Steven Clemence goal.

Saturday’s fixtures include Barnsley hosting the surging Sunderland side, now tied for third in the table with West Brom. Sunderland are without winger Carlos Edwards because of a shoulder injury, but Dwight Yorke is hopeful of overcoming a hamstring problem. Cardiff look to get their playoff bid back on track against Norwich, relegation-threatened Leeds host Luton. Leeds recently signed Slovakian international central defender Lubomir Michalik from Bolton on a month’s loan.

Another matchup with an eye on the playoff race is Stoke vs Southampton. Both teams are just outside the top six and should one of them take all three it will get them back into the thick of things. I expect a tightly-contested match as both sides have some key personnel missing through injury and suspension.

Saturday’s other fixtures are:
Colchester United v Coventry City
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Hull City v Preston North End
Ipswich Town v Southend United
QPR v Sheffield Wednesday

Sunday’s lone fixture is another major clash as Wolverhampton take West Bromwich Albion. West Brom striker Nathan Ellington will be absent as the Baggies go for a third win over rivals Wolves. Wolves midfielder Darren Potter is available after a one-match ban and striker Stephen Ward is also likely to be passed fit after a knee problem. Wolves could pull off a result as West Brom’s form has dipped in recent weeks. Since being dumped out of the FA Cup by West Brom, Wolves have gone on an unbeaten run with 6 wins and a draw.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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