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O'Brien: Set to miss out again

O'Brien: Set to miss out again

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On-loan Leeds defender Andy O'Brien is a major doubt for the clash with the leaders.

Neill Collins stepped in alongside Alex Bruce in central defence for last week's win at Burnley following O'Brien's late withdrawal due to a thigh strain and will retain his place if the Bolton centre-half fails to make it.

Manager Simon Grayson is not expected to make many changes as his side look to stretch their unbeaten run to nine matches and close the gap on Rangers to three points.

Defender Paul Connolly returned to the side last week following suspension and is expected to retain his place, as is midfielder Bradley Johnson, recently placed on the transfer list after failing to agree a new contract.

Strikers Billy Paynter, Ross McCormack and Davide Somma are all expected to start on the bench again, with midfielder Jonny Howson playing in advanced role behind 12-goal Luciano Becchio.

Rob Hulse could return to the QPR starting line-up.

The striker was restricted to a place on the bench for the 3-1 loss to Watford last Friday due to a stomach upset, but if passed fit he will probably replace Heidar Helguson up front.

Boss Neil Warnock is not planning major changes despite that first defeat of the season so the rest of the team could be unchanged.

Patrick Agyemang missed out against the Hornets with a thigh problem and he could be added to the bench along with fellow striker Antonio German, who has been recalled from a loan spell with Southend.

Defender Peter Ramage and midfielders Akos Buzsaky and Lee Cook are still out with knee injuries.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 31 October 2014
19:45
Norwich v Bolton  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
12:15
Wolves v Birm'ham  
15:00
Blackburn v Reading  
Blackpool v Ipswich  
Brentford v Derby  
Cardiff v Leeds  
Charlton v Sheff Wed  
Huddsf'ld v N Forest  
Rotherham v M'boro  
Watford v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 14 12 26
2 Watford 14 11 26
3 Wolves 14 6 26
4 B'mouth 14 14 24
5 M'boro 14 7 24
6 Norwich 14 10 23
7 N Forest 14 7 22
8 Blackburn 14 1 22
9 Charlton 14 1 22
10 Ipswich 14 4 21
11 Cardiff 14 1 19
12 Sheff Wed 14 0 19
13 Brentford 14 -3 19
14 Reading 14 -5 18
15 Millwall 14 -2 17
16 Rotherham 14 -3 17
17 Huddsf'ld 14 -6 17
18 Leeds 14 -4 16
19 Wigan 14 -1 15
20 Fulham 14 -6 14
21 Brighton 14 -3 13
22 Bolton 14 -11 11
23 Birm'ham 14 -16 11
24 Blackpool 14 -14 6

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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