The ‘Beast from the East’ has battered the UK in recent days with virtually every corner being hit with sub-zero temperatures and covered with snow.
This weekend, all 24 Sky Bet Championship clubs were scheduled to participate in matches as the season moves a step closer to its conclusion.
Ahead of the weekend schedule, The72 will be providing updates on postponements, pitch inspections and games declared on. Thursday’s update can be viewed below (all fixtures scheduled for Saturday unless stated):-
Middlesbrough v Leeds United (Fri) – Boro are confident that the televised fixture will go ahead providing further heavy snow does not hit Teesside. The club are working hard to clear the areas around The Riverside Stadium while the pitch is playable.
Aston Villa v QPR – No update
Barnsley v Norwich City – Pitch inspection Friday
Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End – No weather update. Trains will not be stopping at Horwich Parkway station due to industrial action.
Brentford v Cardiff City – The West Londoners will clear the pitch of snow on Friday and will cover it overnight into Saturday to give the match the best chance to be played. The match referee will have the opportunity to inspect the pitch on Saturday morning.
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday – No update
Derby County v Fulham – No update
Ipswich Town v Hull City – Pitch is currently covered. A meeting will take place at Portman Road on Friday to determine whether the areas around the ground are safe to enable the club to host the fixture. The match is expected to go ahead providing that no heavy snow arrives between now and kick-off.
Millwall v Sunderland (The72’s feature match) – No update has been provided, however, it is understood that the undersoil heating is on and the car park is clear of snow.
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City – No update
Sheffield United v Burton Albion – Postponed due to safety concerns
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading – No update