Get the lowdown on all of the team news for the latest round of Championship matches before you put your money on.
Barnsley v Blackpool
BARNSLEY are without striker Nile Ranger who has returned to parent club Newcastle with an ankle injury and fellow loanee Danny Drinkwater misses out with a thigh problem. BLACKPOOL are boosted by the news that long-term absentee Elliot Grandin came through a behind-closed-doors friendly unscathed and also back in contention is Alex Baptiste.
Birmingham v West Ham
Curtis Davies is suspended for BIRMINGHAM with Pablo Ibanez set to deputise while Jean Beausejour (calf) misses out and Liam Ridgewell (thigh) isn’t ready. Gary O’Neil (ankle) won’t be risked despite a run out for WEST HAM’S reserves, Jack Collison is suspended, John Carew (back) is a doubt but Joey O’Brien (ban) and Abdoulaye Faye (thigh) both return.
Burnley v Doncaster
With no fresh concerns, BURNLEY could field an unchanged line-up while long-term casualties Brian Jensen and Danny Ings are scheduled to return in January. DONCASTER have been dealt a blow by Marc-Antoine Fortune’s return to West Brom but Richard Naylor, Adam Lockwood, Pascal Chimbonda and El Hadji Diouf are all pushing for a squad place.
Coventry v Bristol City
Carl Baker is available for COVENTRY having missed the defeat at Peterborough with a virus, Gary Deegan returns to the fold, but Aston Villa have recalled on-loan Gary Gardner. BRISTOL CITY boss Derek McInnes must decide whether to pick Nicky Maynard, who is set to leave in January, Liam Fontaine (ankle) is out so Louis Carey could make the squad.
Derby v Leeds
Nathan Tyson hopes to force his way into contention after an injury-hit start to his DERBY career but the Rams are without Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and Steven Davies (fractured skull). Skipper Jonny Howson (knee) aside, LEEDS have a clean bill of health but have a selection headache in goal, with Andy Lonergan and Alex McCarthy available to boss Simon Grayson.
Leicester v Ipswich
LEICESTER skipper Matt Mills is back from a two-match suspension and Neil Danns is pushing for inclusion in the Foxes squad. The return of IPSWICH defender Damien Delaney (foot) is timely as Danny Collins has gone back to Stoke, Tommy Smith and Ivar Ingimarsson are also vying to fill the vacancy while Grant Leadbitter is hoping to make the Town sixteen.
Middlesbrough v Hull
MIDDLESBROUGH striker Marvin Emnes (hamstring) is still struggling and is rated doubtful, injury-plagued Kevin Thomson now has hamstring trouble but Tony McMahon is back from a ban. HULL midfielder Seyi Olofinjana featured for the reserves in midweek but isn’t yet ready for the first team so the Tigers could stick with the team that beat Millwall.
Millwall v Portsmouth
Jay Simpson returns to the MILLWALL squad having been ineligible last week, Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter should also be fit but Jordan Stewart (groin) is struggling. Liam Lawrence (hamstring) hasn’t trained with PORTSMOUTH this week and is a doubt while Pompey’s ranks are further depleted by West Brom’s decision to recall George Thorne.
Nottingham Forest v Peterborough
FOREST defender Joel Lynch faces a late fitness test on his groin injury, Garath McCleary also faces a race against time after missing out last week but Guy Moussi is available after suspension. PETERBOROUGH will assess Lee Tomlin and Lee Frecklington after the pair limped off last weekend. Daniel Kearns could start again in place of Grant McCann (knee).
Reading v Brighton
READING striker Noel Hunt is fit again after hip trouble, Ian Harte has recovered from illness and Jimmy Kebe could return but Mathieu Manset is almost certainly out. Romain Vincelot starts a ban for BRIGHTON, who are without Gonzalo Jara Reyes after his return to West Brom but the good news for the Seagulls is that Marcos Painter (hamstring) is fully fit.
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Richard Chaplow has recovered from a knee injury and hopes to return to the SOUTHAMPTON line-up after missing the last three but none of Saints’ other absentees are ready. Wilfried Zaha is back from a ban for PALACE but Mile Jedinak is now suspended after a fifth booking, Dekel Keinan (ankle) is again a doubt along with Dean Moxey (knee).
Watford v Cardiff
Having missed out through illness at Blackpool, WATFORD pair Carl Dickinson and Chris Iwelumo provide a fitness boost for the Hornets, who have no new worries. Don Cowie (calf) and Joe Ralls (knee) limped out of CARDIFF’S defeat last week but are expected to recover, along with Peter Whittingham (knee), as boss Malky Mackay returns to his former club.