Championship briefing

  • Last Updated: November 9 2012, 14:54 GMT

Team news and statistics for the weekend's action in the npower Championship.

Dan Seaborne: Could make Southampton debut

Current league positions in brackets.

Saturday, November 10

Barnsley (21) v Huddersfield (7)

Barnsley's top scorer Craig Davies remains sidelined by a hamstring injury and manager Keith Hill has been scouring the loan market, missing out on Reading striker Simon Church who chose to join tomorrow's opponents Huddersfield. Marlon Harewood could be promoted from the bench to start in attack. Teenage defender John Stones may return after being rested for the midweek defeat at Derby. With midfielder David Perkins out for six weeks with a hamstring setback, Jim O'Brien is pushing for a first start since the opening day of the season following his shoulder injury.

New recruit Church could make his Huddersfield debut, with strikers Jermaine Beckford (hamstring) and James Vaughan (thigh) struggling for match fitness. Defender Jack Hunt is available following his two-game ban for foul and abusive language and is expected to start, but midfielder Oscar Gobern is sidelined following ankle surgery.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Barnsley W D L L L; Huddersfield W L L W D

Top scorers: Craig Davies (Barnsley) 8; Lee Novak (Huddersfield) 4

Referee: Mark Haywood

Blackburn (6) v Birmingham (18)

Blackburn will give injured trio Jason Lowe, Gael Givet and Colin Kazim-Richards every chance to prove their fitness. Defender Givet has a leg injury, forward Kazim-Richards suffered a muscle strain during Tuesday's draw at Huddersfield, and Lowe went off with a hamstring problem in the win over Watford a fortnight ago. Veteran forward Nuno Gomes (knee) remains a doubt and midfielder David Dunn (calf) is unlikely to feature. Portugal Under-21 winger Fabio Nunes is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Birmingham have doubts over Curtis Davies (ankle), Nathan Redmond (dead leg) and Leroy Lita (thigh). Defender Pablo Ibanez played 70 minutes for City's development side on Wednesday after a broken toe lay-off and is set to come back into the matchday squad. Paul Caddis is close to returning from a shoulder injury, but fellow right-back Stephen Carr (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Blackburn D W W L D; Birmingham D D W L W

Top scorers: Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 8; Marlon King (Birmingham) 8

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)

Blackpool (12) v Bolton (17)

New Blackpool manager Michael Appleton could name an unchanged side after the victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. Ian Evatt returns from a one-match suspension for collecting five yellow cards, but may struggle to dislodge Craig Cathcart at centre-back after Blackpool kept their first clean sheet since August. Veteran striker Kevin Phillips remains a major doubt with his persistent calf injury.

Midfielder Jacob Butterfield is available to make his Bolton debut after joining on loan from Norwich. David Ngog is pushing for a place up front after returning from the suspension that ruled him out of Tuesday's goalless draw with Leicester. Long-term knee injury victims Stuart Holden, David Wheater, Josh Vela and Andy Lonergan remain on the sidelines.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Blackpool L D D L W; Bolton W D L W D

Top scorers: Thomas Ince (Blackpool) 8; Chris Eagles (Bolton) 6

Referee: Jon Moss

Cardiff (3) v Hull (4)

Cardiff have no fresh injury worries. The 5-4 midweek loss at Charlton was Cardiff's fifth away defeat of the season but at home they have not dropped a point. Forwards Craig Bellamy (knee) and Tommy Smith (hamstring) remain unavailable while midfielder Jordon Mutch continues to struggle with a nerve problem in his foot. Nicky Maynard will miss the rest of the season with his torn anterior cruciate knee ligament.

Hull could hand a debut to loan signing David Meyler, possibly off the bench, after his arrival from Sunderland. Defender Liam Rosenior and winger Ahmed Elmohamady played with slight strains in the midweek win over Wolves and centre-back Alex Bruce was forced out of the action late in the game due to an ongoing knee problem. Striker Matty Fryatt (Achilles) and defender Joe Dudgeon (knee) are out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery, while Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney (both knee) are still sidelined.

Last season: Cardiff 0 Hull 3, Hull 2 Cardiff 1

Last five league matches: Cardiff L W W L L; Hull W L W W W

Top scorers: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) 7; Jay Simpson and Sone Aluko (Hull) 6

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire)

Ipswich (24) v Burnley (10)

Ipswich are without winger Lee Martin who serves a one-match suspension as they look to recover from Tuesday's 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Central midfielder Guirane N'Daw is likely to come back in after dropping to the bench at Palace having struggled with cramp after his start in last weekend's win at Birmingham. Striker Paul Taylor (foot) is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Burnley will assess the fitness of defender Ben Mee who suffered a foot injury during Tuesday's win over Leeds. Joseph Mills is ready to deputise at left-back if Mee fails to recover. Chris McCann completed 90 minutes in midfield on his return from a hamstring problem in midweek and is fit to start once more at Portman Road.

Last season: Ipswich 1 Burnley 0, Burnley 4 Ipswich 0

Last five league matches: Ipswich L L L W L; Burnley W W L W W

Top scorers: DJ Campbell (Ipswich) 3; Charlie Austin (Burnley) 20

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire)

Leeds (15) v Watford (16)

Leeds manager Neil Warnock could hand winger Ryan Hall his first start for the club. Hall, on loan from Southend, scored four goals this week for the Leeds development side in a 5-0 win over Derby. Leeds will be without defender Tom Lees due to an eye injury, so Lee Peltier is expected to continue alongside Jason Pearce at the heart of defence. Another defender, Adam Drury, is doubtful due to the knock he sustained in Tuesday's defeat at Burnley and Danny Pugh could come into the reckoning.

Midfielder Daniel Pudil is suspended for Watford and defender Fitz Hall remains a doubt with a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the goalless draw against Millwall in midweek. Captain John Eustace (back), his fellow midfielder Prince Buaben (hamstring) and defender Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Last season: Leeds 0 Watford 2, Watford 1 Leeds 1

Last five league matches: Leeds D D L D L; Watford W L L W D

Top scorers: Luciano Becchio (Leeds) 11; Matej Vydra (Watford) 5

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Leicester (5) v Nottm Forest (11)

Leicester hope defender Michael Keane will be fit after his substitution at Bolton on Tuesday, when he complained of a tight hamstring. Keane was signed on loan from Manchester United this week along with midfielder Jesse Lingard, and both could be involved for the Foxes. Left-back Paul Konchesky is set to miss out due to a hamstring injury. Zac Whitbread is available after suspension but the game will come too soon for his fellow centre-half Sean St Ledger (hamstring).

Nottingham Forest will check on the fitness of Jermaine Jenas who has been troubled by a foot injury, causing him to miss games against Millwall and Middlesbrough. Manager Sean O'Driscoll has the likes of Brendan Moloney, Lewis McGugan, James Coppinger, Dexter Blackstock and fit-again duo Henri Lansbury and Marcus Tudgay available should he wish to make any changes to his starting line-up. Radoslaw Majewski (knee), Sam Hutchinson (knee) and Daniel Ayala (hamstring) remain sidelined through injury.

Last season: Leicester 0 Nottm Forest 0, Nottm Forest 2 Leicester 2

Last five league matches: Leicester D W L L D; Nottm Forest W D W L D

Top scorers: David Nugent (Leicester) 6; Billy Sharp, Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox (Nottm Forest) 4

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Millwall (14) v Derby (9)

Millwall have doubts over striker Darius Henderson and winger James Henry, who were both substituted in Tuesday's goalless draw at Watford due to hamstring injuries. Andy Keogh will start in attack if Henderson is ruled out while Josh Wright or Liam Feeney are possible replacements for Henry. Captain Paul Robinson remains sidelined by a pelvic problem and John Marquis is recovering from a groin operation, but fellow forward Shaun Batt has trained after a calf injury.

Derby are likely to have an unchanged squad as forward Jamie Ward remains unavailable due to a hamstring injury. Jake Buxton was a substitute on his return from suspension as Derby won 2-0 at home against Barnsley in midweek, and manager Nigel Clough could keep him there and include centre-backs Richard Keogh and James O'Connor again. Goalkeeper Frank Fielding could return to training next week following his month-long absence with a groin injury.

Last season: Millwall 0 Derby 0, Derby 3 Millwall 0

Last five league matches: Millwall D D W W D; Derby D W L W W

Top scorers: Chris Wood and Darius Henderson (Millwall) 7; Theo Robinson (Derby) 7

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)

Peterborough (22) v Crystal Palace (1)

Midfielder Grant McCann is an injury doubt for Peterborough, having come off just after the hour mark during the 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Tuesday because of a groin problem. Striker Emile Sinclair (thigh) may be available after missing the last two matches, but left wing-back Tommy Rowe is not expected to recover from his ankle injury in time. Kgosi Ntlhe (broken ankle) is out and expected to join Peter Grant (knee) as a long-term absentee.

Crystal Palace are likely to be unchanged after Tuesday's 5-0 win over Ipswich, with striker Glenn Murray, who has scored five goals in his last two matches including a hat-trick in midweek, leading the line again with support from wingers Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha. Defender Paddy McCarthy is still out with a groin injury and midfielder Jonathan Williams is building up his fitness after various niggles.

Last season: Crystal Palace 1 Peterborough 0, Peterborough 2 Crystal Palace 1

Last five league matches: Peterborough L W W L L; Crystal Palace D D W W W

Top scorers: George Boyd (Peterborough) 6; Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) 13

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire)

Wolves (13) v Brighton (8)

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken could shuffle his squad again in a bid to find some spark. Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Hull left the club winless in their last five matches, despite Solbakken bringing in Richard Stearman, Dave Edwards and Bjorn Sigurdarson at the expense of Kevin Foley, Jermaine Pennant and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf), Stephen Hunt (hip), George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) remain sidelined.

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt returns to the Brighton squad after a one-game suspension and is likely to start. Defender Adam El-Abd (hamstring) is expected to miss out, and Lewis Dunk is set to deputise for him again. Former Spain international Vicente (thigh) is the only other absentee.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolverhampton L D D L L; Brighton L L D D W

Top scorers: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton) 6; Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) 8

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Sunday, November 11

Bristol City (23) v Charlton (19)

Bristol City centre-back Stephen McManus and midfielder Cole Skuse each face six weeks on the sidelines. McManus strained knee ligaments and Skuse fractured a cheekbone in Tuesday's loss at Birmingham. Louis Carey and James Wilson are in contention to return to first-team duty, while striker Steven Davies could also be involved as he battles to recover from a hamstring problem.

Charlton could hand a debut to defender Dan Seaborne who has joined on loan from Southampton, helping to relieve a worrying injury situation. Defenders Lawrie Wilson (thigh), Cedric Evina (knee) and Rhoys Wiggins (foot) and strikers Ricardo Fuller (hamstring) and Yann Kermorgant (broken ankle) are all out of action. Jordan Cook could return after missing Tuesday's 5-4 win over Cardiff through illness.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bristol City L L L L L; Charlton L D D L W

Top scorers: Steven Davies (Bristol City) 6; Johnnie Jackson (Charlton) 4

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands)

Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week