The Championship's most prolific attack meets one of the division's top defences when Derby County visit Burnley on Saturday.
Third-placed Derby have been in free-scoring form this campaign, finding the net 60 times in 32 league games.
However, Steve McClaren may find his excellent forward line stymied at Turf Moor, as they face a Burnley team that has conceded just 26 league goals all season and leads Derby by two points in the race for the second automatic promotion place.
The Lancashire outfit's success may have been built on defensive solidity, but it is the strike duo of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes - who have contributed 35 league goals between them this term - who are likely to provide the attacking inspiration as Sean Dyche's men seek to take a giant leap towards a return to the top flight.
Derby's Midlands rivals Leicester City are well clear at the summit of England's second tier, and will be hoping to extend their 13-game unbeaten run in the Championship against relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic.
Leicester, led by 16-goal striker David Nugent, should be confident of taking all three points, although Nigel Pearson's team will need to be wary of a Charlton team that beat promotion hopefuls QPR 1-0 last weekend.
Fourth-placed QPR's prospects of automatic promotion were heavily damaged by that defeat at The Valley, and Harry Redknapp's side will know a fourth consecutive loss is not out of the question against a Leeds United side that still harbours slim play-off hopes.
Nottingham Forest's 3-1 loss at Burnley last time out severely dented their promotion chances, and Billy Davies' men face another stern test at home to a resurgent Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
The appointment of manager Uwe Rosler has transformed Wigan's league fortunes, with the German guiding them to within a touching distance of a play-off place following a run of just two defeats in 13 league games.
Wigan can leapfrog Reading into the final play-off place if they win and Nigel Adkins' side fail to beat bottom club Yeovil Town, who could move out of the relegation zone if they follow up their 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers with another three points.
Play-off hopefuls Blackburn Rovers face the prospect of a Lancashire derby against a Bolton Wanderers side eager to earn the local bragging rights and pull away from the fight against the drop.
Struggling Barnsley visit Huddersfield Town in a Yorkshire derby that could also have implications at the bottom, while Millwall and Doncaster will both look to bolster their respective survival hopes against Brighton and Hove Albion and Bournemouth respectively.
Elsewhere, Ipswich Town host Birmingham City, Watford take on Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday will look to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat to Charlton at home to Middlesbrough.
|8||D. Marney||68' 80'|
|Coach: S. Dyche|
for M. Kightly 64'
for D. Ings 80'
for S. Arfield 87'
|Montoya arrives in Milan ahead of Inter move|
|Hernandez out of Gold Cup|
|US asks Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials|
|MLS Preview: Sounders seek momentum switch|
|Mexico 0 Honduras 0: Hernandez injury sours friendly|
|Hernandez taken to hospital|
|Garay in doubt for Copa America final|
|Wambach: USA peaking for World Cup final|
|Bassett ´an absolute hero´ despite own goal - Sampson|
|Japan 2 England 1: Late own goal breaks English hearts|
|Salvo quits as Valencia president|
|Costa not Ribery cover - Bayern director Sammer|
|Chile, Argentina deserve final spots - Mena|
|Ramos keen on United switch - Calderon|
|B36 1 The New Saints 2: Wilde leaves it late to secure advantage|
|Sevilla agree deal for Rami|
|Celtic snap up United teenager Janko|
|Beauvue passes Lyon medical|
|Roma bring in Falque|
|Coates completes permanent Sunderland switch|
|Vallecano to make charity donations from shirt sales|
|Angella commits to Watford|
|Gundogan pens new Dortmund deal|
|Juve reject €80million Barca offer for Pogba, says Marotta|
|Ruiz seals permanent Villarreal move|
|Mourinho respects Cech´s decision to quit Chelsea|
|Claridge excited by potential Pearson successors|
|Miranda completes Inter switch|
|Blind takes over as Netherlands coach|
|Mourinho: Premier League tougher to win than ever|
|Hamburg make Holtby move permanent|
|Southampton terminate Osvaldo contract|
|BREAKING NEWS: Swansea swoop for Eder|
|Abbiati extends Milan stay|
|Cruyff: Barcelona have lost their values|
|Vydra seals Watford move|
|Ambitious Clyne targets trophy haul with Liverpool|
|Claridge: Off-field incidents cost Pearson his job|
|Clyne becomes Liverpool´s sixth close-season signing|
|Imbula leaves Marseille for Porto|
|FIFA chief Blatter challenges critics to prove corruption claims|
|Distin joins Bournemouth|
|Bayern seal Costa deal|
|Arsenal confirm Diaby departure|
|Blatter to miss Women´s World Cup final|
|Bogdan sets sights on being Liverpool number one|
|Danilo eager to get started at Real Madrid|
|Leicester´s Wood joins Leeds|
|Porto confirm Atletico move for Martinez|
|Lloyd: Repetition key to netting penalty|
|Sheffield Wednesday job a ´dream´ for Carvalhal|
|´We played a complete game´ - Messi|
|Diaz upbeat despite heavy Copa loss to Argentina|
|Martino lauds Messi for selfless performance|
|Viviani makes surprise Verona switch|
|Estonian team wins cup match 31-0|
|No meeting with Arsenal has occurred - Vidal´s agent|
|United States 2 Germany 0: Ellis´ team reach World Cup final|
|Argentina 6 Paraguay 1: Messi leads Martino´s men to Copa final|
|UEFA Europa League Review: FK Zeljeznicar and FC Dacia Chisinau open with wins|
|UEFA Champions League Review: FC Pyunik make winning start|
|Sweden U21 0 Portugal U21 0 (aet, 4-3 on penalties): Carlgren the hero as Swedes claim Euro glory|
|Frankfurt capture Castaignos|
|Bastia face relegation over debt|
|Bahlouli makes Monaco switch|
|Pearson sacked by Leicester|
|Rekik set for Marseille switch|
|Ranocchia and Carrizo sign new Inter deals|
|Crespo handed Modena role|
|Cech reveals work permit prevented past Arsenal move|
|Ivory Coast cut coaching shortlist down to five|
|McCarthy satisfied with Mings sale|
|Heaton commits to Burnley|
|Bowyer: Rhodes and Gestede will not come cheap|
|Burton and Day depart West Brom|
|Mendilibar makes Eibar return|
|Milan agree to terminate Muntari contract|
|Copa final a dream come true for Sampaoli|
|CSKA Sofia demoted due to financial crisis|
|Wolfsburg warn off De Bruyne suitors|
|Kone: I want to prove I can cut it at Everton|
|West Ham v Lusitans: Bilic set for first game in charge|
|Millennium Stadium to host 2017 UEFA Champions League final|
|Ronaldo a ´possibility´ for Portugal´s Olympics squad|
|Liverpool should get rid of Sterling - Grobbelaar|
|Miranda arrives for Inter medical|
|Arsenal can challenge the best - Cech|
|Real star Bale can be better than Ronaldo, says Keegan|
|UEFA approves changes to FFP rules|
|Honduras v Mexico: Moreno´s injury may force Mexican rethink pre-Gold Cup|
|Hiddink was the wrong man for Netherlands - De Boer|
|Vargas: I was scoring with every shot at training|
|Zambrano red rocked Peru - Gareca|
|Paraguay to change tack against Argentina|
|Sampaoli thrilled with substitutes´ influence, applauds Peru|
|Martino rues Copa America date with former side Paraguay|
|Former Birmingham City player Thwaites among Tunisia victims|
|Chile 2 Peru 1: Zambrano´s red card helps hosts into Copa final|
|Thiago Silva: ´I didn´t even know the ball had hit my hand´|
|Ronaldinho set to sign for Antalyaspor|