Two sides that certainly couldn’t be accused of a slow restart are Cardiff and Charlton.
Cardiff have secured two massive wins over Leeds and Preston to overtake the latter and move into the top-six, while Charlton have beaten relegation rivals Hull in addition to QPR without conceding a goal.
The Addicks will now be confident of survival with a relatively healthy three-point buffer from the bottom three. Cardiff, on the other hand, have been excellent against two of the better teams in the division and fully deserved to win both games.
They have hit the back of the net five times in 180 minutes and should have the necessary firepower to overcome what has been a stubborn Charlton defence.
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Brentford have given their automatic promotion hopes a real shot in the arm with a dream start to the rescheduled Championship campaign.
The Bees are now just five points off second place thanks to impressive wins against Fulham and second-placed West Brom, and they will look to put more pressure on the Baggies on Tuesday.
A win at Reading on Tuesday would leave Brentford two points off West Brom who face a tricky trip to in-form Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night.
They will fancy their chances of beating a Reading side that has started sluggishly since the restart, conceding a late equaliser at home to relegation-threated Stoke before conceding two goals in two minutes at Derby.
As the highest scorers in the division, Brentford have the firepower to exploit those defensive frailties.
This fixture is a battle between two sides who have really failed to get going since the Championship season resumed.
Both QPR and Fulham have lost their two games without scoring a single goal, although Fulham’s fixtures were decidedly more difficult. The Cottagers lost to both Brentford and Leeds – two of the three clubs ahead of them in the table – and appear to have missed the chance to stage one last surge for automatic promotion.
Scott Parker’s side must now regroup and make sure of their place in the top-six, which is by no means guaranteed given the form of the teams below them. They simply must beat QPR on Monday, who have endured an abject return to competitive football.
While Fulham losing to Brentford and Leeds is somewhat respectable, there is nothing respectable about QPR’s defeats. They managed a total of just two shots on target against Charlton and Barnsley – two sides that found themselves in the bottom three at the restart – and will have to be much better against Fulham.
Those two defeats have effectively ended QPR’s play-off hopes and Fulham should have a much greater impetus to win this one.
Luton have moved to within touching distance of safety after collecting an impressive four points from their opening two games of the restart. Their win at promotion-chasing Swansea was particularly impressive and with games against Reading, Huddersfield, Hull and Barnsley to come, they will fancy their chances of completing a great escape.
However, they will find it difficult to come away from Elland Road with anything.
Leeds looked like they were teetering on the brink of implosion after losing to Cardiff and enduring a wobbly first half against Fulham, but they rallied impressively to effectively assure themselves of an automatic promotion spot.
Their confidence should be back in spades and they should have far too much for The Hatters. Luton, for their part, will be more worried about relegation six-pointers to come.
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