Tuesday night sees three big games in the Npower Championship as teams at either end of the table continue jostling for promotion and survival. Bottom club Barnsley host play-off chasing Brighton. Fellow strugglers Peterborough travel to mid-table Leeds, while leaders Cardiff face fifth-placed Leicester in the pick of the games.
Barnsley v Brighton
Barnsley could edge out of the relegation zone if they manage to secure a win against the Seagulls, providing relegation-rivals Peterborough don't take all three points at Leeds.
Despite being bottom, the Tykes could potentially move up to 18th if they win tonight and their other game in hand. They will have to pick themselves up from their 5-0 drubbing against Manchester City at the weekend with Championship survival paramount.
Meanwhile, a win for Brighton would see them creep into the play-off places ahead of Nottingham Forest. The Seagulls have been loitering around the play-offs all season and could use this game against struggling opposition to kickstart a point-accumulating run and play-off surge.
Cardiff v Leicester
Cardiff have been runaway leaders at the top of the table for the majority of the season but have stalled a little in recent weeks. Just one win in four, and on a run that has seen them yield just four points from a possible 12, Cardiff's mentality has again been questioned as the end of the season looms large.
However, the Bluebirds are still three points clear of nearest rivals Hull and still have another game in hand after playing host to the Foxes.
Leicester themselves have been in a recent dip in form lately. After being firmly situates in the play-off places for the majority of the season, just one win in their last seven has seen them edge very dangerously towards the chasing pack with Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest now just one point behind them.
Leeds v Peterborough
A win for Leeds could see them move within three points of the play-off places, depending on Brighton's result at Barnsley. Neil Warnock is an experienced Championship manager and knows the importance of ending the season strongly. A win tonight could ignite Leeds' play-off ambitions who are unbeaten in five league outings, despite three of these being draws.
Peterborough have been in the relegation zone for the most part of the season but will escape the drop-zone temporarily tonight if they can find a win at Elland Road. Seemingly dead and buried earlier in the season, they have turned the corner slightly in the New Year and now have a fighting chance of survival.
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