Bristol C v Southampton preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Bristol City and Southampton at Ashton Gate.

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McInnes: No forced changes

McInnes: No forced changes

Manager Derek McInnes is likely to stick with the same City side which returned victorious from Millwall when they face table-topping Saints.

The Robins have won three of McInnes' five games in charge so far, and the Scot does not have any pressing injury or suspensions concerns that would require him to change his starting XI.

Striker Jon Stead remains on the treatment table, however, and is a week away from a return to full training.

Defenders Louis Carey and Jamie McAllister both came through the club's reserve-team clash with Cheltenham in midweek after injuries, and are starting to push for a return to the first team. But it is unlikely either will feature for City against the high-flying Saints.

Fringe players Ryan Taylor (broken metatarsal) and Nicky Hunt (knee) remain sidelined.

But Dan Harding should return to the Southampton squad for the trip.

The full-back missed last weekend's 3-0 win over his former club Brighton after suffering a knee injury in training, but he is expected to be available.

Defenders Radhi Jaidi and Dan Seaborne and striker David Connolly are the only definite injury absentees.

Jaidi is still out following a recent knee operation and Seaborne is recovering from the head injuries he sustained in an assault in September.

Connolly will miss out again with a groin problem so Lee Barnard, who made his second substitute appearance of the season against Brighton after recovering from a long-term ankle injury, will be in the squad again.

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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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