Championship briefing

  • Last Updated: November 23 2012, 14:40 GMT

Team news and statistics ahead of this weekend's action in the npower Championship.

Jerome Thomas: Expected to start for Leeds

(Current league positions in brackets)

Saturday, November 24

Barnsley (20) v Cardiff (2)

Barnsley have loan signings Emile Sinclair, Jonathan Greening and Akos Buzsaky in their squad. Striker Sinclair has joined from Peterborough until January 19, while midfielders Greening (Nottingham Forest) and Buzsaky (Portsmouth), who could both start for Keith Hill's side, will stay at Oakwell until the end of the year. Marcus Tudgay, on loan from Forest, hopes to start alongside Craig Davies.

Cardiff's new loan signing Simon Lappin could replace Andrew Taylor, ruled out with a calf injury, at left-back. Malky Mackay will also be without Ben Turner (hamstring) and Kevin McNaughton (thigh). Meanwhile, Fulham have recalled Kerim Frei from his loan spell with the Bluebirds after just three games.

Last season: Barnsley 0 Cardiff 1, Cardiff 5 Barnsley 3.

Last five league matches: Barnsley L L L L D; Cardiff W L L W W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Craig Davies (Barnsley) 9; Heidar Helguson & Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) 7.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Blackburn (6) v Millwall (9)

Blackburn manager Henning Berg has no new injury concerns. Gael Givet (knee), Jason Lowe (hamstring), and Colin Kazim-Richards (muscle strain) have all recovered from their respective problems. Only David Dunn (calf) and Leon Best (cruciate ligament) are sidelined, with Portuguese winger Fabio Nunes building match fitness after a hamstring problem.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett has Nadjim Abdou back after missing last Sunday's 1-0 win against Leeds due to the birth of his daughter. He is likely to replace Liam Trotter in midfield. Trotter is a major doubt with a hamstring strain. Top scorer Darius Henderson could return having been sidelined with a similar problem recently but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Skipper Paul Robinson remains sidelined by a pelvic problem.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Blackburn W L D D W; Millwall W W D W W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 11; Chris Wood (Millwall) 8.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Blackpool (12) v Watford (11)

Nathan Delfouneso and Kevin Phillips are set to continue to lead the line for Blackpool with Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) and Matt Phillips (toe) sidelined. Taylor-Fletcher is set to be out for three to four weeks while Phillips underwent an operation on a toe injury this week and will be out until the Christmas period.

Watford will be without Lloyd Doyley and Jonathan Hogg. Defender Doyley (calf) was forced off in the second half of last weekend's 2-1 home victory over Wolves, while midfielder Hogg is banned after picking up his fifth booking of the season. Defender Fitz Hall is hopeful of being involved having recovered from his hamstring injury, while Neuton (ankle) and Prince Buaben (hamstring) have trained this week and a late decision with be made on their availability.

Last season: Watford 0 Blackpool 2, Blackpool 0 Watford 0.

Last five league matches: Blackpool D L W D D; Watford L W D W W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Tom Ince (Blackpool) 10; Matej Vydra (Watford) 7.

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Brighton (7) v Bolton (17)

Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is expected to return to Gus Poyet's starting XI after a finger infection picked up on international duty with Poland. Left-back Wayne Bridge is the only doubt for the Seagulls. The Manchester City loanee missed out last weekend with the calf injury that saw him travel to Germany to seek a specialist opinion.

Stephen Warnock is a doubt for Bolton. The Aston Villa loanee was substituted after only 32 minutes of the Trotters' 1-1 draw against Barnsley last Saturday due to illness. The 30-year-old defender was replaced by Tyrone Mears against the Reds and Mears is likely to start at the Amex should Warnock not travel, with Sam Ricketts moving to left-back.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Brighton D D W D W; Bolton L W D D D.

Top scorers (all competitions): Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) 9; Chris Eagles (Bolton) 6.

Referee: Mark Haywood.

Charlton (14) v Huddersfield (8)

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is set to make his Charlton debut. The England youth international signed for the Addicks this week on a deal keeping him at the Valley until January 1. Frimpong will compete with Eggert Jonsson and Johnnie Jackson for a place in Chris Powell's starting XI, while the Athletic manager can also call upon Dale Stephens, who missed the 1-0 win at Burnley last Saturday due to illness.

Huddersfield forwards Jermaine Beckford and Sean Scannell are doubtful starters. Beckford has missed the last two games due to a hamstring strain, while Scannell has been out for the same period with a similar problem. If both miss out manager Simon Grayson is expected to start with Simon Church, on loan from Reading, up front alongside Lee Novak again.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Charlton D L W W W; Huddersfield L W D W L.

Top scorers (all competitions): Johnnie Jackson (Charlton) 4; Lee Novak (Huddersfield) 4.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).

Derby (13) v Birmingham (19)

Derby boss Nigel Clough is considering giving Jeff Hendrick a breather. The 20-year-old has started all but one of the Rams' 17 npower Championship games but has struggled to reproduce the form which saw him named young player of the year last season. If Hendrick drops out, Will Hughes and Craig Bryson would be the likely partnership in central midfield with Paul Coutts on the right. Michael Jacobs could keep his place on the left after a lively display at Selhurst Park.

Curtis Davies is back in contention to boost Birmingham while loan signing Robert Hall could make his debut. Influential centre-back Davies has missed City's last two matches with a niggling ankle injury but is back in the frame. Hall arrived on loan from West Ham late on Thursday afternoon and goes straight into contention. Left-back David Murphy underwent a knee operation on Thursday night which rules him out for the foreseeable future, joining fellow defender Stephen Carr (knee) on the sidelines.

Last season: Birmingham 2 Derby 2, Derby 2 Birmingham 1.

Last five league matches: Derby L W W L L; Birmingham W L W D L.

Top scorers (all competitions): Theo Robinson (Derby) 7; Marlon King (Birmingham) 10.

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham).

Hull (4) v Burnley (15)

Goalkeeper David Stockdale could make his debut after arriving on loan from Fulham. Paul McShane has been struggling with a calf strain in recent weeks and remains doubtful but fellow defenders Liam Rosenior (groin) and Alex Bruce (knee) are expected to shake off their injuries and retain their places in the back four. Midfielder David Meyler, on loan from Sunderland, is pushing for his first start.

Burnley will be without the suspended Kieran Trippier who was dismissed in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Charlton. Manager Sean Dyche can welcome Ross Wallace back into his squad after the winger missed the defeat to the Addicks while serving a one-match ban for receiving five yellow cards.

Last season: Burnley 1 Hull 0, Hull 2 Burnley 3.

Last five league matches: Hull W W W L W; Burnley L W W L L.

Top scorers (all competitions): Sone Aluko (Hull) 8; Charlie Austin (Burnley) 20.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

Ipswich (22) v Peterborough (24)

On-loan striker Tyrone Barnett will have to wait a little longer for his Ipswich debut as he is ineligible for the clash with his parent club. Tommy Smith is expected to come back in at the heart of defence having found himself back on the bench for the 6-0 defeat at Leicester following his international exploits with New Zealand. The likes of Michael Chopra, Luke Hyam, Andy Drury and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are also pushing for starts.

Dwight Gayle and George Thorne are added to the Peterborough squad. Striker Gayle and midfielder Thorne joined Posh this week on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge and West Brom respectively. Manager Darren Ferguson is considering starting Thorne in central midfield alongside Grant McCann in place of Michael Bostwick, who could switch to centre-half. Full-back Mark Little is available again after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury but wing-back Tommy Rowe (ankle) is once again rated as doubtful.

Last season: Ipswich 3 Peterborough 2, Peterborough 7 Ipswich 1.

Last five league matches: Ipswich L W L W L; Peterborough W L L L L.

Top scorers (all competitions): DJ Campbell (Ipswich) 4; George Boyd (Peterborough) 6.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

Leeds (18) v Crystal Palace (1)

New loan signings Alan Tate and Jerome Thomas will go straight into the starting line-up. Swansea defender Tate will replace Jason Pearce, who sits out the second of his three-game ban. Striker Luke Varney starts a three-match suspension for his straight red card in last Sunday's defeat at Millwall. Midfielder Michael Brown is back after a one-match ban and teenage forward Dominic Poleon has been recalled from his loan spell at Bury.

Palace boss Ian Holloway has only one injury doubt. Defender Darcy Blake has been suffering with an illness and is unlikely to make the matchday squad. Should the 23-year-old miss out he is likely to be replaced by Dean Moxey. Skipper Paddy McCarthy and midfielder Jonathan Williams are ruled out through injury.

Last season: Crystal Palace 1 Leeds 1, Leeds 3 Crystal Palace 2.

Last five league matches: Leeds L D L L L; Crystal Palace W W W W W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Luciano Becchio (Leeds) 11; Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) 15.

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Middlesbrough (3) v Bristol City (23)

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will make late checks on a number of players, with full-back George Friend due to undergo a scan on the hamstring injury he suffered in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff. Central defender Jonathan Woodgate missed that game with a calf problem, while midfielder Faris Haroun emerged from the contest with a similar problem. Both men will be assessed.

Bristol City's new loan signing Danny Wilson goes straight into their squad. The 20-year-old Rangers centre-back will boost Derek McInnes' defensive options with Stephen McManus and Lewin Nyatanga both out, while Greg Cunningham is still two weeks away from a return. Jon Stead has been ruled out for a few weeks by a groin injury suffered in training.

Last season: Middlesbrough 1 Bristol City 1, Bristol City 0 Middlesbrough 1.

Last five league matches: Middlesbrough W W D W L; Bristol City L L L L D.

Top scorers (all competitions): Scott McDonald & Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) 5; Steven Davies (Bristol City) 7

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Sheff Wed (21) v Leicester (5)

Sheffield Wednesday will include new loan signings Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe in their squad. Manchester City defender Helan and Stoke striker Sidibe could make their Owls debuts but manager Dave Jones will be without teenage midfielder Ross Barkley, who has returned to parent club Everton. Jones must decide whether to recall Chris Lines, Rhys McCabe or Paul Corry to fill the gap left by Barkley. Wednesday captain Martin Taylor is hoping to win a recall in central defence alongside Anthony Gardner as Miguel Llera sits out a one-game ban for reaching five yellow cards, while striker Chris O'Grady is struggling to shake off a foot problem.

Leading goalscorer David Nugent will miss out with a neck injury but experienced defender Paul Konchesky returns to the Foxes squad after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy, Nugent's replacement against Ipswich last week, will be keen to get the nod again after he was rejected by the Owls as a teenager. Manager Nigel Pearson also has Marko Futacs as an option after he scored his first League goal for the club against Ipswich.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Sheff Wed W W L L L; Leicester L L D D W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Chris O'Grady (Sheff Wed) 5; David Nugent (Leicester) 9.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Wolves (16) v Nottingham Forest (10

Wolves will be able to call upon the services of Christophe Berra but skipper Karl Henry remains suspended. Centre-back Berra was given his marching orders during the first half of last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Watford but this week saw the red card rescinded on appeal. Winger Razak Boukari has suffered a setback after his recent comeback from a hamstring problem and faces another two weeks out.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll hopes to have Andy Reid and Jermaine Jenas available. Winger Reid and central midfielder Jenas both limped off within five minutes of each other in the second half of the 1-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. They were replaced by Henri Lansbury and Adlene Guedioura respectively, with the latter hoping he will be recalled to the starting line-up on his return to his former club. Other options for O'Driscoll include defender Daniel Ayala, midfielders James Coppinger and Lewis McGugan and former West Brom striker Simon Cox.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Wolverhampton D L L D L; Nottm Forest W L D D W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton) 7; Simon Cox (Nottm Forest) 5.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).


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