Sky Bet Championship briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for this weekend's action in the Sky Bet Championship.
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Saturday, October 19
Blackpool have no new injury worries but they will be without manager Paul Ince, who begins a five-game stadium ban. With Ince not be allowed inside Bloomfield Road on the day of the match, Alex Rae and former manager Steve Thompson will take charge.
They will be without midfielder Barry Ferguson (ankle) for the next month and Bob Harris (shoulder) is also recovering from surgery so loanee Dan Gosling could make his full debut.
Wigan could welcome back striker Marc-Antoine Fortune after a hamstring injury. His return would boost boss Owen Coyle's attacking options further given Grant Holt has now fully recovered from a knee problem. Winger Callum McManaman should return from illness.
The Latics have no new injury worries, although midfielders Roger Espinoza and Jean Beausejour made long trips to feature for Honduras and Chile in midweek. Coyle is still without goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi (shoulder), skipper Gary Caldwell (hip), centre-back Ivan Ramis (knee) and winger Shaun Maloney (back).
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Blackpool L D D D D; Wigan W L W L W
Top scorers: Tom Ince (Blackpool) 4; Shaun Maloney & Nick Powell (Wigan) 3
Referee: Mark Haywood.
Barnsley will be without on-loan Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage, who faces several weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury. Bobby Hassell or Jean Yves Mvoto could step in.
Winger Dale Jennings could return having not featured since the end of September. Goalkeeper Luke Steele (back) is still out, so Jack Butland, on loan from Stoke, will continue in goal. Striker Marcus Pedersen (foot) could make his first start since late August.
Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is hoping to return after a calf injury. Marvin Emnes is hoping to have finally shaken off a groin problem.
Jacob Butterfield is likely to start again against his former club, while boss Tony Mowbray is expecting defenders Justin Hoyte and Rhys Williams, midfielder Jozsef Varga and winger Albert Adomah to all return unscathed following international duty.
Last season: Middlesbrough 2 Barnsley 3, Barnsley 1 Middlesbrough 0
Last five league matches: Barnsley L L L D L; Middlesbrough D D L D W
Top scorers: Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) 5; Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) 5
Referee: Oliver Langford.
Blackburn's influential attacking duo Josh King (thigh) and Jordan Rhodes (groin) are both set to overcome their respective injuries. The pair have resumed training along with Scott Dann (groin). Dann could assume the captain's armband once more as fellow centre-back Grant Hanley begins a three-game ban, while the clash is likely to come too soon for long-serving midfielder David Dunn (knee).
Corry Evans will definitely miss out as he awaits the results from a scan on an ankle injury yet midfielder Dickson Etuhu (knee) and striker DJ Campbell (ankle) are nearing returns.
Charlton could welcome back Johnnie Jackson (groin) and Yann Kermorgant (ankle). Manager Chris Powell has no fresh worries, but defenders Leon Cort and Chris Solly are still on the sidelines due to knee problems.
Last season: Blackburn 1 Charlton 2, Charlton 1 Blackburn 1
Last five league matches: Blackburn L D W W L; Charlton L L L D D
Top scorers: Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 9; Simon Church & Yann Kermorgant (Charlton) 3
Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).
Bolton welcome back midfielder Andre Mortiz after a groin problem. Joe Riley, Marc Tierney, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden are all long-term injury absentees and it remains to be seen whether the likes of Zat Knight, Chung-Yong Lee and Chris Eagles will be recalled after being on the bench for the last two games.
Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing from Arsenal, Damian Martinez, will be included in the squad and is expected to named on the bench. Defender Reda Johnson (groin) is still struggling, so Joe Mattock is on stand-by.
Striker Chris Maguire (toe) is in contention for his first start since mid-August, but midfielder David Prutton (ankle) is out for up to six weeks and skipper Anthony Gardner (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee.
Last season: Bolton 0 Sheff Wed 1, Sheff Wed 1 Bolton 2
Last five league matches: Bolton D L D D W; Sheff Wed D L L D D
Top scorers: Alex Baptiste (Bolton) 3; Kamil Zayatte, Atdhe Nuhiu & Michail Antonio (Sheff Wed) 2
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).
Mick McCarthy must decide whether to stick or twist, having kept faith with an unchanged side for Town's previous four matches - the last three of which have been unbeaten.
McCarthy has no new injury or suspension problems, but has the likes of Carlos Edwards, Jay Tabb and Frank Nouble pushing for recalls.
Burnley's in-form strike pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are both expected to be fit after injury. The rest period provided by the international break has also allowed full-back Kieran Trippier to recover from a knock, leaving winger Ross Wallace (knee) as the only absentee.
Last season: Burnley 2 Ipswich 0, Ipswich 2 Burnley 1
Last five league matches: Ipswich W L W D D; Burnley W W W W W
Top scorers: David McGoldrick (Ipswich) 5; Danny Ings (Burnley) 11
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson could see his striking options boosted by the return of Chris Wood and Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Wood has recovered from a hamstring problem while summer signing Taylor-Fletcher has also resumed training following a minor injury.
Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger is nearing fitness after a knee injury while Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark), Wes Morgan (Jamaica), Andy King (Wales) and Marcin Wasilewski (Poland) have returned unscathed from international duty.
Huddersfield manager Mark Robins could have a full-strength squad to choose from against his former club. Oliver Norwood is hoping to resume in midfield, while winger Danny Ward may retain his place after scoring in his first start before the international break.
Teenage midfielder Duane Holmes is in contention for his first league start for the club.
Last season: Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1, Huddersfield 0 Leicester 2
Last five league matches: Leicester W D W W L; Huddersfield W D D D L
Top scorers: David Nugent (Leicester) 7; James Vaughan (Huddersfield) 11
Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).
Millwall will check on midfielder Richard Chaplow (groin) and striker Scott McDonald (knee). Alan Dunne is suspended so Paul Connolly is set to deputise at right-back again, while centre-half Mark Beevers remains sidelined by a knee injury. The match sees Lions boss Steve Lomas come up against his old manager at West Ham, Harry Redknapp, for the first time.
QPR will be without on-loan Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll, who picked up an ankle injury on England Under-21 duty.
Winger Matt Phillips could return but Redknapp is still without goalkeeper Julio Cesar (finger), defender Nedum Onouha (hamstring) and strikers Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson (both knee).
Nottingham Forest will be without right-back Eric Lichaj and on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (both suspended). Lichaj's absence is likely to open the door for Gonzalo Jara Reyes to make his first league appearance of the campaign, while Guy Moussi may replace Chalobah. Defender Kelvin Wilson (back) is still doubtful so Danny Collins looks likely to keep his place in the team.
Bournemouth's Welsh midfield duo Shaun MacDonald and Jack Collison look set to return to contention after knee injuries. Winger Ryan Fraser faces a fitness test on his hamstring, but defender Charlie Daniels is improving and top scorer Lewis Grabban (both heel) should feature.
Goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan's quadriceps tear will keep him out for three or four weeks.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Nottm Forest D D W D W; Bournemouth W D L L W
Top scorers: Andy Reid (Nottm Forest) 5; Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) 7
Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).
Reading will run the rule over midfielders Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams (both foot), winger Garath McCleary (knee) and striker Billy Sharp (groin).
But Mikele Leigertwood (ankle) and Jason Roberts (hip) are further away from returns while Jem Karacan has undergone surgery on his cruciate injury.
Doncaster will be without Federico Macheda, who has returned to parent club Manchester United for treatment on a hamstring problem.
Saturday will probably come too soon for summer signing Marc De Val, who is closing on a comeback after three months out. Fellow midfielder Jamie Forrester (quadriceps) and left-back James Husband (shoulder) have been ruled out.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Reading W W W D L; Doncaster L D W L W
Top scorers: Adam Le Fondre (Reading) 4; Federico Macheda (Doncaster) 3
Match Odds: H 8-13 A 19-5 D 11-4
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).
Six-goal leading scorer Troy Deeney is a doubt for Watford due to a calf injury. Almen Abdi (foot) remains out, while fellow midfielder Faraoni serves a one-match suspension. Long-term absentees Nyron Nosworthy (Achilles) and Tommie Hoban (ankle) also remain unavailable.
Will Hughes stands a good chance of being fit for Derby. Fellow teenager Mason Bennett could start up front after impressing new boss Steve McClaren. Midfielders Paul Coutts (dislocated kneecap), Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle) remain out injured.
Last season: Watford 2 Derby 1, Derby 5 Watford 1
Last five league matches: Watford W W W L W; Derby D L L D W
Top scorers: Troy Deeney (Watford) 6; Chris Martin (Derby) 7
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).
Yeovil could hand new signing Fraser Fyvie his debut following his loan move from Wigan, but striker Michael Ngoo has returned to Liverpool after his loan spell.
Wayne Hennessey is set to continue in goal while Marek Stech continues his rehabilitation from a broken finger. Gary Johnson will have to decide whether to reinstate full-back Luke Ayling, while Sam Hoskins and Kevin Dawson are pushing for starts.
Leroy Lita could make his Brighton debut. Boss Oscar Garcia this week brought in the striker on a three-month loan from Swansea after an injury to top scorer Leonardo Ulloa (foot) added to the long-term absences of Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee). Andrea Orlandi is still sidelined by a knee injury and fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt is recovering from hernia surgery.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Yeovil L L D L L; Brighton D W L D L
Top scorers: Edward Upson (Yeovil) 3; Jose Ulloa (Brighton) 4
Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).
Sunday, October 20
Defender Sam Byram could be one of several changes for Leeds following a long-term hip injury.
Midfielder Luke Murphy and striker Luke Varney are hoping to return to the side after being left out of the last two matches, while skipper Rudy Austin has returned unscathed from international duty with Jamaica.
Birmingham will assess midfielder Wade Elliott (calf) and left-back David Murphy (knee). Long-term knee-injury victim Neal Eardley is expected to be boss Lee Clark's only other concern.
Last season: Birmingham 1 Leeds 0, Leeds 0 Birmingham 1
Last five league matches: Leeds L L L W L; Birmingham L W L W L
Top scorers: Ross McCormack (Leeds) 5; Jesse Lingard (Birmingham) 5
Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).