Get the lowdown on all of the team news for the latest round of Championship matches before you put your money on.
BLACKPOOL V BIRMINGHAM
BLACKPOOL’S Billy Clarke could make the bench, but Lomana LuaLua and Jonjo Shelvey should lead the attack after both recovered from knocks incurred at Middlesbrough. BLUES’ Chris Burke, scorer of a dramatic injury-time winner in midweek, will start, but Marlon King’s place is doubtful and the striker faces a late fitness test.
BRIGHTON V COVENTRY
BRIGHTON’S Adam El-Abd played for the reserves in midweek and could make the bench today. New permanent signing Kazenga LuaLua may return for the first time since featuring against Watford. COVENTRY, who have picked up just three points from their last seven matches, may give a start to Gary Gardner, signed on loan from Aston Villa.
BRISTOL CITY V SOUTHAMPTON
CITY’S Albert Adomah is doubtful after he suffered a leg injury in last Sunday’s win at Millwall, but the reliable Nicky Maynard will lead the attack. SAINTS’ defender Frazer Richardson has recovered from an ankle strain and plays, while striker Rickie Lambert, scorer of another hat-trick last weekend, definitely starts for the league leaders.
CARDIFF V NOTTM FOREST
CARDIFF’S Peter Whittingham, who has scored in each of his last four matches, will play after recovering from a knock incurred at Coventry. Concerns that ‘keeper David Marshall may miss out have proved unfounded. FOREST striker Dexter Blackstock played in the reserves on Tuesday, but is unlikely to feature in today’s squad. Chris Gunter retains his place in defence.
CRYSTAL PALACE V MILLWALL
Israeli defender Dekel Keinan will make his PALACE debut after receiving international clearance following his loan switch from Cardiff. MILLWALL are set to be without Irish international goalkeeper David Forde after he suffered a thigh injury during Sunday’s game against Bristol City. Steve Mildenhall will have the opportunity to stake a claim to the goalkeeper’s jersey.
DONCASTER V WATFORD
WATFORD’S Troy Deeny, who came on as a sub against Pompey last week, resumes his place on the bench as Michael Kightly returns following his first goal for the Hornets. DONCASTER could give a start to on-loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune who joined this week from West Brom. Midfielder James Coppinger could be sidelined.
HULL V BURNLEY
A one-match suspension for Aaron Mclean means that HULL manager Nick Barmby will be forced to make a change for his first home match in charge Dele Adebola may feature, with Robbie Brady and Tom Cairney pressing. BURNLEY’S Chris McCann, subbed in the midweek match against Birmingham, should start, but Charlie Austin remains sidelined.
IPSWICH V READING
IPSWICH should have Keith Andrews available, after he missed out last week with a broken nose. However, the game could come too soon for Ibrahima Sonko who has only just returned to training. READING will be without midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson, who misses the trip to Portman Road through injury. Doubts remain over Joseph Mills and Bongani Khumalo.
LEEDS V BARNSLEY
LEEDS will be without the suspended Darren O’Dea, but could welcome back Danny Pugh. Tom Lees is likely to win a recall to replace O’Dea and play alongside Paddy Kisnorbo at the heart of the defence. BARNSLEY could hand a debut to Nile Ranger, while Danny Haynes will feature. Danny Drinkwater and Andy Gray are also set to return.
PETERBOROUGH V MIDDLESBROUGH
PETERBOROUGH’S Mark Little could be sidelined and Tommy Rowe is struggling to feature as Posh seek to build upon last weekend’s fine draw at St Andrews. MIDDLESBROUGH could continue with loanee Alex Nimley who came on in place of Rhys Williams against Blackpool.
PORTSMOUTH V LEICESTER
POMPEY manager Michael Appleton raided his old club West Brom to sign George Thorne and Joe Mattock on loan this week. The duo will be added to the squad for today’s duel with the Foxes. LEICESTER have defender Sol Bamba available again following a one-match suspension, although Lee Peltier faces a fitness test after he suffered a hamstring problem.
WEST HAM V DERBY
THE HAMMERS’ Matt Taylor could feature as manager Sam Allardyce has a much larger squad from which to select. The return of Guy Demel, Joey O’Brien and Carlton Cole provide Big Sam with a wealth of options. DERBY will hand a debut to Tamas Priskin after the Hungarian defender arrived on loan from Ipswich this week