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Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Leeds and QPR at Elland Road.

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O'Brien: Set to miss out again

O'Brien: Set to miss out again

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

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall
N Forest v Birmingham
Watford v Ipswich
Monday, 21 April 2014
Birmingham v Blackburn  
Brighton v Blackpool  
Burnley v Wigan  
Derby v Barnsley  
Ipswich v Bournemth  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 43 -1 62
10 Blackburn 43 3 61
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Charlton 42 -24 42
21 Blackpool 43 -27 42
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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