Championship briefing

Team news and statistics for the weekend's action in the npower Championship.

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Current league positions in brackets

Saturday, February 9

Blackburn (13) v Ipswich (19)

New recruits DJ Campbell and Lee Williamson could go straight into the Blackburn squad, while centre-back Grant Hanley is a concern with a hip complaint which is being assessed. Elsewhere, boss Michael Appleton has no other new injury problems, although Josh King and Adam Henley remain sidelined by hamstring injuries and Leon Best and midfielder Dickson Etuhu have knee problems.

Scott Loach is out with a sprained thumb, so Stephen Henderson is back in Ipswich's goal. Captain Carlos Edwards will be routinely assessed after midweek international duty with Trinidad and Tobago, midfielder Lee Martin remains a doubt with a hamstring injury, while Paul Taylor (foot) is out until the summer.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Blackburn W D L D W; Ipswich L D D L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 21; David McGoldrick (Ipswich) 19

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Blackpool (15) v Millwall (10)

Blackpool goalkeeper Mark Halstead is poised to make his first league start, with Matt Gilks suspended. Nottingham Forest loanee Matt Derbyshire is pushing for a start up front but defenders Ian Evatt (knee) and Bob Harris (toe) remain on the sidelines.

Winger Scott Malone could be added to the Millwall squad after recovering from a back injury, but on-loan forward Nathan Tyson is still out with ankle ligament damage. Midfielder Tamika Mkandawire is training after a knee injury but will not figure yet, while skipper Paul Robinson is recovering from groin surgery.

Last season: Millwall 2 Blackpool 2, Blackpool 1 Millwall 0

Last five league matches: Blackpool D L L W L; Millwall W D L L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Thomas Ince (Blackpool) 16; Andy Keogh & Liam Trotter (Millwall) 6

Referee: David Webb (County Durham).

Bolton (20) v Burnley (7)

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden played a practice match this week, further building his fitness, while Mark Davies (shoulder) is also pushing for a comeback in midfield - although this week's derby clash comes too soon for himself, David Wheater (knee) and defender Matt Mills (thigh). Midfielder Keith Andrews remains a doubt having been sidelined in recent weeks by thigh and Achilles problems.

Burnley centre-back Michael Duff is a major doubt with a calf injury, while fellow defender Ben Mee is still sidelined by a knee problem - but boss Sean Dyche is otherwise boosted by a clean bill of health.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bolton W L D D L; Burnley W W W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Craig Davies (Bolton) 9; Charlie Austin (Burnley) 24

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Brighton (8) v Hull (3)

Craig Mackail-Smith is likely to replace suspended striker Ashley Barnes for Brighton. Winger Will Buckley will be included if he passes a fitness test on a hamstring problem but skipper Gordon Greer remains sidelined with a hamstring injury so on-loan Matt Upson continues at the back alongside Adam El-Abd. Bruno could replace fellow Spaniard Inigo Calderon at right-back after recovering from groin trouble.

Hull defender Abdoulaye Faye is out with a calf strain so Jack Hobbs is expected to continue. Manager Steve Bruce is undecided on whether to hand on-loan Egyptian pair Ahmed Fathi and Gedo their debuts but midfielder David Meyler has been passed fit after having stitches in a cut knee last week.

Last season: Hull 0 Brighton 0, Brighton 0 Hull 0

Last five league matches: Brighton W W D D L; Hull W D L D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton) 11; Sone Aluko (Hull) 8

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

Bristol City (23) v Nottm Forest (11)

City's former Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll will hope midfielder Marvin Elliott is fresh enough to feature after his midweek excursions with Jamaica, with Neil Kilkenny ruled out and Cole Skuse having had an injection on his knee.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura could return to the visitors' squad after a bug, while on-loan Norwich centre-half Daniel Ayala (hamstring) will be assessed.

Last season: Nottm Forest 0 Bristol City 1, Bristol City 0 Nottm Forest 0

Last five league matches: Bristol City L L W W L; Nottm Forest L W D L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Sam Baldock & Steven Davies (Bristol City) 9; Billy Sharp (Nottm Forest) 12

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Charlton (14) v Birmingham (16)

Rhoys Wiggins and Danny Haynes could return to the Charlton starting line-up - left-back Wiggins has been sidelined by fractured metatarsals and striker Haynes has struggled with a hamstring injury. Boss Chris Powell could make changes after seeing his side throw away the lead to lose their last two matches.

The visitors are not expected to have any new injury or suspension problems as they chase a third successive victory. Jonathan Spector is fit again and will strive to make the bench but the likes of Darren Ambrose, David Murphy, Stephen Carr and Will Packwood remain sidelined.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Charlton W W W L L; Birmingham L D D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Johnnie Jackson (Charlton) 7; Marlon King (Birmingham) 14

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Huddersfield (17) v Cardiff (1)

Town midfielder Oscar Gobern could feature after ankle surgery and striker James Vaughan is expected to recover from concussion. Defender Joel Lynch (hamstring) and midfielder Chris Atkinson (thigh) should return but winger Danny Ward (foot), midfielder Keith Southern (Achilles) and striker Jermaine Beckford (hamstring) are out and Lee Novak (toe), Oliver Norwood (foot) and Peter Clarke (concussion) are doubts.

Cardiff will assess their four returning internationals - Wales' Craig Bellamy, Scotland's David Marshall, South Korea's Kim Bo-Kyung and Iceland's Aron Gunnarsson will be involved if they came through their midweek exertions unscathed. Fraizer Campbell is pushing for a start.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Huddersfield L D L W L; Cardiff W W D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Chris Atkinson (Huddersfield) 6; Heidar Helguson (Cardiff) 8

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Middlesbrough (6) v Barnsley (22)

Boro Tony Mowbray is likely to be without strikers Ishmael Miller (ankle) and Scott McDonald (hamstring). Central defender Jonathan Woodgate's calf problem will be assessed and midfielder Muzzy Carayol could be involved after knee trouble, as could striker Curtis Main - who stepped up his comeback with 45 minutes for the reserves yesterday. However, Julio Arca remains a casualty after toe surgery.

Tykes boss David Flitcroft must decide whether to hand striker Jason Scotland his first start since arriving last month on a short-term deal until the end of the season. Chris Dagnall and Marlon Harewood have formed an effective partnership up front in recent weeks and Flitcroft might decide to leave Scotland on the bench. Defender Jim McNulty (hamstring) is doubtful and midfielder Stephen Dawson (ankle) is out.

Last season: Middlesbrough 2 Barnsley 0, Barnsley 1 Middlesbrough 3

Last five league matches: Middlesbrough W L L L L; Barnsley L W D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) 11; Chris Dagnall & Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) 6

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).Peterborough (24) v Leicester (2)

Posh will be without on-loan Manchester United defender Scott Wootton (hamstring) for around six weeks so Gaby Zakuani could continue. Ferguson has options regarding Zakuani's partner at the heart of the defence, with Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Shaun Brisley, Michael Bostwick and Craig Alcock all able to play there.

Leicester midfielder Matty James and defender Liam Moore have recovered from knocks, while centre-backs Sean St Ledger (hamstring) and Zak Whitbread (calf) have returned to full training after lengthy absences. However, Jeff Schlupp remains unavailable as the striker is still training with Manchester United.

Last season: Peterborough 1 Leicester 0, Leicester 1 Peterborough 1

Last five league matches: Peterborough L W L D D; Leicester W W W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Dwight Gayle (Peterborough) 14; Chris Wood (Leicester) 19

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

Sheff Wed (18) v Derby (9)

Wednesday defender Reda Johnson is out with an ongoing ankle problem but boss Dave Jones has no new major injury or suspension worries and is expected to name an unchanged side, although defender Joe Mattock, winger Jermaine Johnson and midfielder Rhys McCabe are all pushing for recalls.

Derby forward Jamie Ward will be available after hamstring tightness, while Jeff Hendrick, Richard Keogh, Conor Sammon, Theo Robinson, Will Hughes, Mark O'Brien, Kieron Freeman and Valentin Gjokaj will be assessed after international action. Striker Mason Bennett is still away with England's Under-17 squad and James O'Connor (knee) is still out but fellow defender Jake Buxton could return after knee trouble.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Sheff Wed L W D W W; Derby D W L D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Michail Antonio (Sheff Wed) 7; Theo Robinson (Derby) 9

Referee: Oliver Langford.

Wolves (21) v Leeds (12)

Roger Johnson serves the second game of his three-match ban but Wolves defender Stephen Ward has suffered no ill-effects after a neck strain. The likes of Kevin Doyle, Slawomir Peszko and Dave Edwards all come into contention for recalls but long-term absentees Razak Boukari and Stephen Hunt are unlikely to be deemed ready to return just yet, while Wayne Hennessey and George Elokobi continue their rehabilitation.

New arrivals Steve Morison and Stephen Warnock could make their Leeds debuts, while Habib Habibou is also hoping for a start. Ross McCormack, withdrawn from Scotland's squad in midweek through illness, is feeling better and could play a part. Boss Neil Warnock, who has no new injury or suspension problems, also has the option of recalling midfielders David Norris and Michael Tonge, plus defender Jason Pearce.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolves L D D L L; Leeds L W L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Sylvan Ebanks-Blake & Jake Cassidy (Wolves) 11; El-Hadji Diouf & Habib Habibou (Leeds) 6

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).


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