West Ham v Leicester preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between West Ham United and Leicester City at Upton Park.

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Gallagher: Could feature for Leicester

Gallagher: Could feature for Leicester

West Ham will still be without a host of players.

The Hammers recently lost loanees David Bentley and Henri Lansbury to long-term knee injuries, fellow midfielder Matt Taylor has calf trouble, defender James Tomkins a groin problem and striker Carlton Cole a knee injury.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia plays the last game of his initial month-long loan spell from Arsenal as Robert Green continues to recover from knee surgery.

Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop will be checked over after going off with a dead leg during the 1-0 win at Brighton on Monday.

Sam Baldock could start alongside John Carew if boss Sam Allardyce opts to go with two up front at home.

Leicester begin life after Sven-Goran Eriksson with a difficult away trip.

Academy director Jon Rudkin and coach Mike Stowell have been preparing the team since the Swede's departure on Monday.

They inherit a squad with no new problems following the surprise 3-0 home defeat to Millwall last weekend, which proved to be Eriksson's final game in charge.

Captain Matt Mills will complete his three-match suspension but Paul Gallagher could be in contention to return to the squad. The forward has been sidelined since suffering ankle ligament damage during the 1-1 draw at Barnsley on September 10.

Gallagher has been training with the rest of the squad for around 10 days now and played 70 minutes for the reserves this week. Rudkin and Stowell must decide whether he is fit enough to be considered.

Leicester hope to have a new manager in place by the time Leeds visit the King Power Stadium next weekend.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil
Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfld v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley
19:30
Doncaster v Derby
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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