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Championship Preview: Leaders Watford look to continue winning run

Created on 14 Aug., 2013 6:57 PM GMT

Championship leaders Watford will want to keep their impressive early-season form going when they travel to Reading on Saturday.

After their opening-day win over Birmingham City, Gianfranco Zola's side hit six past Bournemouth on Saturday to surge into first place, with the league's top goalscorer, Troy Deeney, grabbing a hat-trick at Vicarage Road.

However, Zola has warned fans and players not to expect repeat performances every week as he looks to guide his side into the Premier League after their play-off final heartbreak last season.

The Italian told Watford's official website: "The best of us comes when we push forward, and we need to keep doing that as much as we can.

"It won’t be like this every week though. Everyone has to be calm and keep their feet on the carpet."

Other than Watford, only Blackpool and Nottingham Forest are yet to drop points this season and the pair will look to take advantage of any slip-ups from Zola's side at the Madejski Stadium.

Paul Ince's second-placed Blackpool travel to Middlesbrough, while Forest welcome Bolton - who have drawn both their games so far and sit in 16th place.

The bottom two sides, Barnsley and Millwall, will fancy their chances of picking up their first points and goals of the season, when they host Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town respectively.

Chris Powell's side have lost both of their games while Huddersfield are just a point better off in 18th.

Former Charlton defender Powell wants to see an improvement from his charges when they travel to Oakwell after their 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

"I felt that the experience of last season would help us this year. But we have got to be a bit more streetwise," he told the club's official website.

"I feel we have just got to add a bit more discipline to our play a bit more and read when it’s going for us and when it isn’t, just to make sure that we have a solid look about ourselves."

Doncaster Rovers, who occupy the final relegation spot, play their second game of the season against Blackburn Rovers on Friday before Yeovil Town continue their first season in the Championship with a trip to fourth-placed Burnley who can go top with a win on Saturday - provided results go their way.

There is an East Midlands derby at Pride Park as Derby County host Leicester City, while QPR can pick up their second win of the season at home against Ipswich Town.

Saturday's early kick-off sees Leeds United take on Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road, with the visitors yet to pick up a win this season.

Birmingham City make the trip south to face Brighton and Hove Albion, while Wigan Athletic play the second game of their Championship campaign at Bournemouth, with Eddie Howe's men keen to bounce back from their comprehensive defeat at Watford last time out.

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