Championship briefing

  • Last Updated: April 6 2013, 13:40 BST

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

Fraizer Campbell: Injury worry for Cardiff
Fraizer Campbell: Injury worry for Cardiff

Saturday, April 6

Birmingham (11) v Millwall (15)

Birmingham will be without Keith Fahey (hip) and Chris Burke (ankle), while Jonathan Spector (ankle) will be assessed. Marlon King, Stephen Carr, David Murphy and Will Packwood all remain unavailable due to injury.

Millwall have no new injury concerns but are still set to be without defenders Karleigh Osborne (hamstring) and Paul Robinson (groin) and wingers James Henry (knee) and Chris Taylor (groin).

Defender Sean St Ledger made his debut on loan from Leicester on Monday and should be involved again while Lions manager Kenny Jackett may hand on-loan QPR striker Rob Hulse a start.

Last season: Millwall 0 Birmingham 6, Birmingham 3 Millwall 0.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Marlon King (Birmingham) 14; James Henry, Liam Trotter & Andy Keogh (Millwall) 6.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Bolton (8) v Wolves (18)

Keith Andrews (Achilles) and Tyrone Mears (blood infection) are expected to remain sidelined when Bolton host Wolves. Wanderers are chasing a seventh consecutive win at the Reebok Stadium to equal their best run at home since 1995.

Wolves will be without top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake after he suffered a broken fibula at Birmingham, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. David Davis (groin) and Jamie O'Hara (dead leg) are expected to be fit and forward Bjorn Sigurdarson hopes to overcome the illness which led to him being sent home from training on Thursday.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Bolton W W L L W; Wolves W L W W W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Craig Davies (Bolton) 11; Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves) 15.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Brighton (6) v Leicester (7)

Brighton will check on Wayne Bridge (bruised ankle) but are confident he will be fit. Right-back Bruno is still out, however, as he has yet to recover from a calf injury so fellow Spaniard Inigo Calderon keeps his place.

Ashley Barnes is still suspended after he tripped a referee at Bolton last month, Craig Mackail-Smith's season is over due to an Achilles problem and Will Hoskins has a knee injury. Andrea Orlandi could return in midfield after dropping out in the 0-0 draw against Charlton on Tuesday.

Captain Wes Morgan will return to the Leicester starting line-up after serving a suspension. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater will also come back into the reckoning after illness to give the Foxes a full-strength squad.

Last season: Brighton 1 Leicester 0, Leicester 1 Brighton 0.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Jose Ulloa (Brighton) 12; Chris Wood (Leicester) 21.

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire).

Burnley (13) v Bristol City (24)

Midfielder Dean Marney (calf) could feature for Burnley for the first time since February, but defensive duo Michael Duff (also calf) and Ben Mee (knee) will miss out once more.

Sam Baldock, whose late goal earned Bristol City a point against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, is a fitness doubt, as is captain Cole Skuse. Experienced defender Richard Foster is back in training along with Ryan Taylor, but this match is likely to come too soon for the former Rotherham striker.

Last season: Burnley 1 Bristol City 1, Bristol City 3 Burnley 1.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Charlie Austin (Burnley) 28; Steven Davies (Bristol City) 12.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Charlton (14) v Leeds (12)

Charlton have an unchanged squad to select from, with defender Leon Cort set to miss out again with a knee injury and midfielder Danny Hollands still sidelined by a fractured metatarsal. Matt Taylor returned as a late substitute against Brighton on Tuesday following illness and is challenging Dorian Dervite for his place at centre-back, while Ricardo Fuller and Danny Haynes are Powell's other options in attack.

Tom Lees will serve the second part of a three-game ban at the Valley, but Leeds caretaker manager Neil Redfearn could recall Ross McCormack to the starting XI after he came off the bench to score the last goal of the Neil Warnock regime against Derby on Monday.

Teenage striker Dominic Poleon is available for selection after Redfearn recalled him early from a loan spell at Sheffield United.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Yann Kermorgant & Johnnie Jackson (Charlton) 9; Ross McCormack (Leeds) 7.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

  • Championship
Position Player Score
1 Cardiff 78
2 Hull City 71
3 Watford 70
4 C Palace 65
5 N Forest 62
6 Brighton 61
7 Leicester 59
8 Bolton 57
9 Middlesbro' 55
10 Derby 54
11 Birmingham 52
12 Leeds 52
13 Burnley 51
14 Charlton 51
15 Millwall 51
16 Blackpool 50
17 Ipswich 50
18 Wolves 48
19 Blackburn 47
20 Barnsley 47
21 Sheff Wed 47
22 Huddersfld 47
23 Peterboro 46
24 Bristol C 40

Crystal Palace (4) v Barnsley (20)

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips returns to the Crystal Palace squad after missing Monday's 1-0 defeat at Blackpool under the terms of his loan move from the Seasiders. Former Portsmouth forward Aruna Dindane could also be added to the squad having recently signed as a free agent, although he is short of match fitness.

Darcy Blake is fit after a knee problem but fellow defender Paddy McCarthy (groin) remains sidelined while midfielders Alex Nimely (hamstring) and Owen Garvan (knee) are also in the treatment room.

Barnsley defender Martin Cranie is a major doubt after being forced off in the second half of the 2-0 win over Leicester with a hamstring problem.

Stephen Foster is ready to deputise if Cranie is ruled out. Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Jimmy McNulty (both ankle), Rob Edwards (thigh) and Rory Delap (calf) may return from injury, while Scott Golbourne (knee) and Paul Digby (groin/hip) are definitely out for the rest of the season.

Last season: Crystal Palace 1 Barnsley 0, Barnsley 2 Crystal Palace 1.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) 30; Chris Dagnall (Barnsley) 10.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Derby (10) v Ipswich (17)

Jamie Ward, who netted his 12th goal of an injury-interrupted season for Derby during the 3-0 home win over Bristol City last Friday, missed Monday's victory over Leeds with a tight hamstring while midfielder Craig Bryson was forced off at Elland Road after 34 minutes due to a groin problem. Rams boss Nigel Clough will make a late decision on both players.

David McGoldrick will make the final appearance of his loan spell when Ipswich travel to Pride Park. He is one of five players - along with Jay Tabb, Carlos Edwards, Daryl Murphy and Andy Drury - pushing for a recall after being left out of Monday's draw against Millwall.

Last season: Derby 0 Ipswich 0, Ipswich 1 Derby 0.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Jamie Ward (Derby) 12; David McGoldrick (Ipswich) 22.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Huddersfield (22) v Peterborough (23)

Huddersfield defender Jack Hunt faces a scan on an injury he suffered during Tuesday night's defeat at Bolton and is unlikely to face Peterborough. Calum Woods is expected to fill in at right-back.

Adam Clayton will serve the final game of his two-match ban while fellow midfielder Keith Southern is nearing a return from his Achilles problem, but will not feature at the weekend.

Michael Bostwick, a midfielder who has been playing at centre-back, remains a doubt due to a hamstring injury. On-loan midfielder Alex Pritchard (ankle) is still not fit.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): James Vaughan & Theo Robinson (Huddersfield) 9; Dwight Gayle (Peterborough) 18.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Hull (2) v Middlesbrough (9)

Hull defender Jack Hobbs is sidelined for two to three weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage against Watford on Tuesday. David Meyler will complete his two-match ban but fellow midfielder Stephen Quinn made his return from a knee problem as a second-half substitute in midweek and is pushing for a return to the starting XI.

Striker Matty Fryatt is available after returning to full training following an Achilles problem that has sidelined him since August.

Boro forward Emmanuel Ledesma, who has missed the last three games, remains a doubt with an ankle problem. Midfielder Josh McEachran, on loan from Chelsea, returned to the starting line-up against Peterborough on Tuesday following an ankle injury and should keep his place against the high-flying Tigers. Defender Stuart Parnaby (hamstring) may return but midfielder Julio Arca is out for the rest of the season due to a toe injury.

Last season: Hull 2 Middlesbrough 1, Middlesbrough 1 Hull 0.

Last five league matches: Hull L W L W L; Middlesbrough L L L L D.

Top scorers (all competitions): George Boyd (Hull) 11; Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) 12.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Nottingham Forest (5) v Blackpool (16)

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies hopes to have Adlene Guedioura and Sam Hutchinson back in contention. Guedioura did not feature against Burnley on Monday as a precaution following a head injury, while Hutchinson was stiff following his first game back from a lengthy injury absence.

Centre-back Danny Collins, midfielder Radoslaw Majewski and strikers Simon Cox and Darius Henderson could be recalled after dropping out of the team against Burnley.

Paul Ince must do without Barry Ferguson and Matt Derbyshire at the City Ground. Veteran midfielder Ferguson is suspended while Derbyshire is ineligible to press his claims against his parent club. Forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) is a long-term absentee alongside experienced defender Ian Evatt.

Last season: Nottm Forest 0 Blackpool 0, Blackpool 1 Nottm Forest 2.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Billy Sharp (Nottm Forest) 12; Tom Ince (Blackpool) 18.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Sheffield Wednesday (21) v Blackburn (19)

Right-back Lewis Buxton returns from suspension for Wednesday, while manager Dave Jones is boosted by the return of midfielders Seyi Olofinjana and Stuart Holden to fitness.

Jermaine Johnson is also fully fit after he was withdrawn early in the second half against Bristol City on Monday because of concerns over his hamstring, while Steve Howard is pushing for a first start at Hillsborough since joining from Hartlepool.

Polish goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski is set to make his full debut for Blackburn after coming on for injured number one Jake Kean (knee) against Cardiff on Monday, with Paul Robinson also sidelined for the rest of the season.

Midfielder Lee Williamson and forward duo Josh King and Nuno Gomes missed out in Cardiff due to illness but are back in contention.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Michail Antonio (Sheff Wed) 9; Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 24.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

Watford (3) v Cardiff (1)

Manuel Almunia hopes to be available for Watford after missing their last six games with a hamstring injury, although replacement Jonathan Bond has performed well in his absence.

Defenders Fitz Hall (hamstring) and Matthew Briggs (knock) were both forced off in the midweek victory at Hull and are doubtful, as is midfielder Jonathan Hogg (calf). Nyron Nosworthy (Achilles), Neuton (dislocated shoulder), Tommie Hoban (ankle) and John Eustace (back) all remain sidelined.

Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell is an injury worry after he was forced to come off in the Bluebirds' victory over Blackburn on Monday.

Former Plymouth striker Joe Mason scored following his introduction against Rovers and he is the likely replacement if Campbell is unavailable. The midfield four of Jordon Mutch, Aron Gunnarsson, Craig Conway and Kim Bo-kyung are likely to line up again after impressing in the comfortable victory.

Last season: Cardiff 1 Watford 1, Watford 1 Cardiff 1.

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Matej Vydra (Watford) 20; Peter Whittingham, Aron Gunnarsson & Heidar Helguson (Cardiff) 8.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

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