How will the Championship relegation battle shape up over Easter?

DW Stadium - Wigan Athletic

With most teams playing two rounds of matches in the Sky Bet Championship over the holiday weekend, who will come away breathing a little easier?

Both Reading and Huddersfield will consider themselves relatively safe, as they stand nine points clear of Wigan in the last relegation place, who have 35 points. Reading also have a game in hand to their advantage.

Fulham stand on 43 points - eight points clear of Wigan -  and while they are only a point worse off than the two clubs above them, they will be anxiously looking over their shoulder and keen to pick up one more win, which should make them difficult to catch. Kit Symons' men have a tough schedule over the Easter weekend, however, albeit they are not travelling far. Fulham face a West London derby with Brentford on Good Friday, followed by a short trip south of the river to Charlton on Tuesday evening. 

Undoubtedly in the most perilous position are Rotherham United. The Millers stand on 40 points in 21st position, just five points above Wigan in the relegation zone. Steve Evans will be confident of picking up some points over the weekend though, as his team are faced with two presentable fixtures. They travel to Birmingham on Friday afternoon, followed by the visit of Brighton to the New York Stadium on Monday. Both opponents have little to play for and an inconsistent recent record that may offer Rotherham the points they need to turn the screw on Wigan.

With Blackpool effectively relegated already, this leaves Millwall and Wigan Athletic desperately trying to claw their way out of the mire. 

Wigan face a daunting weekend, with a visit to Middlesbrough on Good Friday, where they will encounter a club with strong home form and eyeing an automatic promotion spot. On Bank Holiday Monday it doesn't get any easier for Malky Mackay's men, with fifth-placed Derby County making a visit to the DW Stadium where the Latics have failed to win since August.

Meanwhile, Millwall will be anxiously looking on as they only play one game over the weekend, and will be hoping their inactivity doesn't see them slip further away from safety and deal a significant psychological blow. Caretaker manager Neil Harris entertains local rivals Charlton Athletic on Good Friday, but Blackburn's FA Cup quarter-final replay with Liverpool on Wednesday evening has seen Monday's scheduled fixture with Rovers postponed.

Looking at the fixtures on paper, the weekend presents a big opportunity for Fulham and Rotherham to finally pull themselves away to safety and leave the current bottom three stranded.

However, the Championship is forever throwing up surprises and the picture could look a little different in a week's time.

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