Sky Bet Championship briefing

  • Last Updated: April 18 2014, 16:04 BST

Team news, statistics and our verdict for Friday's action in the Sky Bet Championship.

Ricardo Fuller: Misses out for Blackpool
Ricardo Fuller: Misses out for Blackpool

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Friday, April 18

Blackburn v Yeovil (1500)

Midfield pair Corry Evans (groin) and David Dunn (calf) look set to bolster Blackburn's options after taking part in full training on Wednesday. However, fellow midfielder Dickson Etuhu, only just back from a long-term ankle problem, is still struggling with a hamstring strain and is unlikely to play any part. He will join full-back Adam Henley and fellow ankle injury victim Ben Marshall on the sidelines.

Yeovil winger Sam Foley looks set to be involved after ending his loan stay with League One Shrewsbury. Boss Gary Johnson says a couple of his rock-bottom squad are nursing knocks but will not reveal which players are being assessed.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 24; Ishmael Miller (Yeovil) 10

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Our verdict: Blackburn 1 Yeovil 2

Bournemouth v Sheffield Wednesday (1500)

Bournemouth are hopeful top scorer Lewis Grabban will be available after leaving the field with 22 minutes remaining against Yeovil last Saturday as the Cherries' busy fixture list caught up with him. Boss Eddie Howe will consider rotating his squad with the likes of Adam Smith and Marc Pugh likely to come into contention but Harry Arter will not be involved as he serves the final match of his three-game ban.

Owls defender Glenn Loovens and striker Leon Best will return to contention. Centre-half Loovens has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury, while Best, on loan from Blackburn, was ineligible to play against his parent club last week. Sam Hutchinson has fully recovered from his recent illness and is expected to feature.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bournemouth W W W W D; Sheff Wed W L L D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 20; Chris Maguire (Sheff Wed) 10

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Our verdict: Bournemouth 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Charlton v Bolton (1500)

Charlton will be without defender Rhoys Wiggins (metatarsal) and striker Marvin Sordell (ineligible against parent club). Youngster Morgan Fox could step in at left-back for Wiggins while Reza Ghoochanneijhad is set to replace Sordell in attack. Michael Morrison, Astrit Ajdarevic and Lawrie Wilson - who will be wearing a protective mask after fracturing an eye socket - are also pushing for recalls.

Mark Davies will be held back by Bolton boss Dougie Freedman as he continues his recovery from a groin problem. Joe Mason is also unavailable after returning to Cardiff at the culmination of his loan spell. He was an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory over Barnsley, though, with Jermaine Beckford likely to lead the line again after scoring the winner.

Last season: Charlton 3 Bolton 2, Bolton 2 Charlton 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Piotr Parzyszek (Charlton) 15; Jermaine Beckford (Bolton) 9

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Charlton 1 Bolton 0

Huddersfield v Brighton (1500)

Huddersfield will be without suspended defenders Joel Lynch and Peter Clarke after both were sent off for two bookable offences in last week's defeat at Derby. Tommy Smith, Murray Wallace and Paul Dixon are all vying for starting places in defence. Manager Mark Robins has no new injury concerns, but striker James Vaughan is out for the rest of the season following knee surgery and midfielder Keith Southern has only just returned to training after a groin problem.

Brighton are hopeful defender Matt Upson will be fit. He is struggling with knee and ankle injuries and will be handed a late fitness test. Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is set to return after missing last weekend's 3-0 win over Charlton through illness. But wingers Will Buckley (hamstring) and Andrea Orlandi (thigh) will miss out again along with midfielder Andrew Crofts, who is recovering from a long-term knee injury.

Last season: Brighton 4 Huddersfield 1, Huddersfield 1 Brighton 2

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Nahki Wells (Huddersfield) 21; Jose Ulloa (Brighton) 15

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)

Our verdict: Huddersfield 1 Brighton 2

Wigan v Reading (1500)

Wigan will be able to call upon striker Martyn Waghorn and defender Rob Kiernan again after the pair were ineligible to feature in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley last Saturday. The two could both slot straight into the starting line-up along with goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who is expected to dislodge Scott Carson. Midfielder Roger Espinoza (hernia) is training again but winger Callum McManaman may revert back to the bench after being withdrawn at Wembley because of cramp. Ben Watson (broken leg) and Chris McCann (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Reading head to the DW Stadium with a mounting injury list. Hope Akpan (ankle), Danny Guthrie (calf) and Jem Karacan (knee) missed Monday's 1-1 draw against Leicester while fellow midfielders Danny Williams (knee) and Garath McCleary (back) were patched up to play, only to suffer recurrences of their injuries. Winger Jordan Obita also had to go off with a calf problem. And midfielder Mikele Leigertwood, thrown into action as a sub on Monday after a year out with an ankle injury, got himself sent off and serves a one-match ban.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wigan L D D W L; Reading L D W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Nick Powell (Wigan) 12; Adam Le Fondre (Reading) 13

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Wigan 1 Reading 1

Blackpool v Burnley (1715)

Blackpool will aim to win their first match without Ricardo Fuller since August after he was ruled out of the game against Burnley with a knee injury. Defender Kirk Broadfoot is also sidelined with a knee problem. Caretaker-manager Barry Ferguson missed training on Monday and Tuesday, but is expected to play on despite a nagging ankle injury. Ferguson is likely to be depleted in the attacking region, though, with Steve Davies (groin) out for the season and veteran Robert Earnshaw struggling with a calf complaint.

Burnley head to the seaside with no new injury concerns. Striker Sam Vokes is the only player on the treatment table after cruciate ligament damage last month spelled the end for his season. Boss Sean Dyche has often kept faith with the same starting XI from week to week and despite the defeat to Middlesbrough last time out, the performance was good enough to suggest the Clarets may be unchanged again.

Last season: Blackpool 1 Burnley 0, Burnley 1 Blackpool 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): David Goodwillie (Blackpool) 9; Danny Ings (Burnley) 25

Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

Our verdict: Blackpool 0 Burnley 3

Doncaster v Derby (1930)

Doncaster will check on Richie Wellens and Lucas Neill but James Husband (hamstring) will definitely be absent. Captain Wellens (foot) and defender Neill (hamstring) are rated at 50/50 to be involved against the Rams. Centre-half Gabriel Tamas is thought to be fit and available despite suffering a shin injury at Ipswich last weekend after being on the receiving end of a late challenge from Luke Hyam.

Derby could have Simon Dawkins back in contention after missing the last six matches with a groin injury. Fellow forward Jamie Ward returned from a four-game absence with a hamstring problem against Huddersfield last weekend and he will be hoping his substitute appearance has put him in the frame for a starting place.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Doncaster L W L L L; Derby L W L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Chris Brown (Doncaster) 9; Patrick Bamford (Derby) 25

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Doncaster 1 Derby 1


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