Get the lowdown on all of the team news for the latest round of Championship matches before you put your money on.
Brighton v Bristol City
Kazenga LuaLua is set to miss out for BRIGHTON with hamstring trouble, Craig Noone has a similar injury and Gordon Greer is suspended but Lewis Dunk returns from a ban. BRISTOL CITY’S Stephen Pearson is banned after his dismissal in the FA Cup, Marvin Elliott (hamstring) is struggling but new boys Ricky Foster and Chris Wood could feature.
Crystal Palace v Leeds
Paul McShane could make his PALACE debut having joined the club this week, Mustapha Dumbuya is available and the fitness of Nathaniel Clyne, Paddy McCarthy and Mile Jedinak will be assessed as the trio have been ill. Robert Snodgrass is set for a shock return for LEEDS after appendix surgery but new signing Robbie Rogers is yet to secure a work permit.
Derby v Coventry
Nathan Tyson is pushing to start for DERBY after recovering sufficiently from a groin injury to make the bench last week and the Rams have no new concerns. COVENTRY have been hit by Lukas Jutkiewicz’s departure, loan capture Alex Nimely is unlikely to be available while Chris Hussey (ankle), Richard Wood (groin) and Cody McDonald (knee) remain sidelined.
Doncaster v Cardiff
DONCASTER will be without the departing Billy Sharp but are boosted by the return of Herold Goulon and Shelton Martis. Martin Woods and John Oster meanwhile, were fit enough to make the bench last week and Damien Plessis is finally eligible. Rudy Gestede (ankle) is a major doubt for CARDIFF who are likely to bring David Marshall back in goal.
Hull v Peterborough
HULL boss Nick Barmby has no new injury problems but faces a selection dilemma and must decide who to bring back into the fold having made seven changes for last week’s FA Cup tie. PETERBOROUGH defender Tommy Rowe (Achilles) is rated doubtful, Grant McCann (knee) is on the verge of a return but this game comes too soon but Mark Little hopes to start.
Ipswich v Blackpool
IPSWICH are hopeful Jason Scotland will be fit despite limping off in midweek but Lee Bowyer (groin) and Damien Delaney (foot) remain doubtful and Jimmy Bullard is still laid low with a virus. Barry Ferguson serves the final game of a ban for BLACKPOOL, who will have Mark Howard in goal again as Matt Gilks isn’t quite ready to return from groin trouble.
Leicester v Barnsley
Steve Howard is banned for LEICESTER, Jeffrey Schlupp (knee) is out while Sol Bamba and John Pantsil are on African Nations Cup duty, but Liam Moore is eligible again. BARNSLEY could hand a debut to Chris Dagnall but skipper Jacob Butterfield will miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage and a stomach muscle injury is set to rule out Jim O’Brien.
Middlesbrough v Burnley
MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Barry Robson is suspended, Nicky Bailey (knee) is set for a long spell on the sidelines while Jason Steele, Merouane Zemmama (both groin) and Julio Arca (knee) are doubts. BURNLEY have full-back Kieran Tripper back from a ban, Michael Duff (hamstring) might not make it despite a return to training but Ross Wallace is fully fit.
Millwall v Birmingham
MILLWALL striker Darius Henderson is ruled out with a hip injury, Jordan Stewart (hamstring) is missing but Paul Robinson has shrugged off a knock and Dany N’Guessan (ankle) is fit. Boaz Myhill is hopeful of shaking off an illness in time to take his place in the BIRMINGHAM goal but Guirane N’Daw is at the African Nations Cup and Stephen Carr is out
Nottingham Forest v Southampton
Greg Cunningham hopes to return to the FOREST line-up after a hamstring injury, Dexter Blackstock and Paul Anderson are pushing to start but Robbie Findlay (shoulder) is a doubt. SOUTHAMPTON striker Rickie Lambert is banned, Jose Fonte (toe) is struggling but Steve de Ridder (groin) might be ready and Nigel Adkins could recall the players rested last week.
Portsmouth v West Ham
Hayden Mullins should be fit for PORTSMOUTH despite limping off with calf trouble a week ago but Ricardo Rocha (calf) is unlikely to make it and Luke Varney (knee) is still struggling. WEST HAM will make a few changes, bringing back those left out of the cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday. Guy Demel (thigh) and Matt Taylor (calf) are their only absentees.
Watford v Reading
Scott Loach will be back in the WATFORD goal after serving a suspension, Craig Forsyth will keep his place in midfield while Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn are back in training but won’t be considered. READING are without Mathieu Manset (knee) and will also give late fitness tests to Jobi McAnuff (groin), Mikele Leigertwood (thigh) and Noel Hunt (ankle).