Barnsley v Ipswich Town
Barnsley defender Bobby Hassell returns from suspension. Hassell has missed the last three games following his straight red card in the home win over Bristol City. But Hill has no new injury or suspension worries. Defender John Stones (ankle) is not expected to return, but former Liverpool winger Toni Silva (knee) could be included in the squad for the first time since his arrival in the summer. Jim McNulty will further boost Hill's defensive options when he returns to full training on Monday, while the club have confirmed summer signing Mido (ruptured hamstring) could be back in action in around four weeks. Defender Rob Edwards (hamstring) and midfielder Jim O'Brien (dislocated shoulder) remain long-term absentees.
Paul Taylor and Michael Chopra will again miss out for Ipswich. Taylor has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his foot while Chopra continues to sit out with a thigh strain. Both missed last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Charlton and under-pressure boss Paul Jewell, robbed of his first-choice strike partnership, will once more turn to the likes of Jason Scotland, Daryl Murphy, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Nathan Ellington at Oakwell. Loan signing Danny Higginbotham made his debut as a late substitute against the Addicks and the Stoke defender is likely to start this time around.
Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
Defender Marcos Alonso is Bolton's only fresh injury concern. The Spaniard scored the opening goal in the 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday before picking up a knock which kept him out of training in the early part of the week. However, boss Owen Coyle is confident he will be available for selection against the Eagles. On-loan Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing will keep his place after returning to action and completing 90 minutes against the Owls, having suffered a tight calf in the previous match. David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Josh Vela (all knee) remain long-term absentees.
Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage is an injury doubt. Ramage limped off during the first half of last weekend's 3-2 victory over Cardiff with a thigh problem. Darcy Blake moved across to centre-half, with Joel Ward coming on at right-back, in Ramage's absence and that could be how Palace start at the Reebok Stadium. Danny Gabbidon is waiting to make his debut after signing from QPR but boss Dougie Freedman wants the Wales defender to build up his fitness first. Fellow centre-half Paddy McCarthy remains on the sidelines with a groin injury. On-loan Blackburn striker David Goodwillie is likely to have to wait a little longer for his full debut after Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick against Cardiff.
Bristol City v Leeds United
George Elokobi is set to make his Bristol City debut when Leeds visit Ashton Gate. The full-back made a three-month loan switch from fellow Championship side Wolves on Wednesday. Manager Derek McInnes acquired Elokobi after Greg Cunningham was ruled out for two months with a ruptured ankle tendon. Teenager Joe Bryan deputised in the 2-2 draw with Watford last weekend but McInnes was keen to bring in a more experienced option in Elokobi. McInnes's only other absentee is midfielder Cole Skuse, who continues to miss out following a nasty challenge with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Leeds skipper Lee Peltier and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny could return to the squad after missing the midweek Capital One Cup win over Everton. Peltier hurt his ankle in last weekend's win over Nottingham Forest, while goalkeeper Kenny injured his groin in the same match and neither were risked on Tuesday night. Striker Luciano Becchio is also nursing an ankle injury, but lasted the full 90 minutes against Everton and is expected to continue. The versatile Danny Pugh and midfielder Michael Brown returned to the starting line-up in midweek and will be hoping to retain their places, while teenage striker Dominic Poleon, defender Adam Drury and forwards Luke Varney and Andy Gray are all pushing for recalls. Striker Ross McCormack (ankle), plus midfielders David Norris (thigh) and Paul Green (knee) remain sidelined.
Burnley v Millwall
Burnley boss Eddie Howe will hold fire on finalising his starting XI until he receives news on the fitness of two key players.Winger Junior Stanislas (hamstring) and captain Jason Shackell (knock) sat out the midweek defeat to Swindon in the Capital One Cup but could make welcome returns. There is good news on the progress being made by striker Danny Ings, who will return to training following an operation to correct a knee cartilage injury. Defender Michael Duff (Achilles) played the full 90 minutes against the Robins without any ill effect and looks set to continue.
Chris Taylor will miss out through suspension. The midfielder serves a one-match ban after he was sent off for a foul on Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak last weekend. Left-back Scott Malone came off against Brighton with a slight groin problem but he is expected to be fine. Skipper Paul Robinson should return in defence after coming on as a substitute on Saturday following an ankle knock, while goalkeeper David Forde will hope to keep his place after getting the nod ahead of Maik Taylor. Winger Liam Feeney is still on the sidelines with an ankle injury while midfielder Tamika Mkandawire played for the Lions' Under-21s in midweek to build up his fitness following a knee operation, but he is not expected back for the first team just yet.
Cardiff City v Blackpool
Cardiff will once again be without summer signing Nicky Maynard. The striker is set to undergo surgery on a knee injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Millwall and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Craig Bellamy and Heidar Helguson were restored to the starting XI for the 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace, but Maynard's absence could see Joe Mason get his first start of the season. Manager Malky Mackay's forward options are already limited by Rudy Gestede's knee problem, although his return is more imminent. Jordon Mutch could come into the reckoning too as he has shaken off a slight foot injury to resume training. Midfielders Stephen McPhail (hamstring) and Kadeem Harris (ankle) are still out.
Ian Holloway may ring the changes. The Tangerines suffered a 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Monday as their 100 per cent winning record at home was ruined. With Holloway looking for a reaction, he could call on forward Matt Phillips and Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez to get his side back on track. Blackpool finished Monday's match with four strikers on the pitch but regular substitute Kevin Phillips and youngster Nouha Dicko are likely to have to settle for a place on the bench once more. On-loan Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso, who scored twice against Middlesbrough on his full debut, will be hopeful of retaining his place up front in a squad unaffected by injury.
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Charlton will be without striker Yann Kermorgant. Kermorgant was this week ruled out for three months after scans revealed he suffered a fractured ankle in training last Thursday. Ricardo Fuller started his first game for the Addicks in Kermorgant's place as Chris Powell's side won at Ipswich last weekend. Danny Haynes provides Powell with another option in attack having recovered from a hamstring injury. Winger Scott Wagstaff is also fit following his recent lay-off but defenders Matt Taylor and Rhoys Wiggins are still sidelined with foot injuries. Powell is unlikely to make too many changes after last weekend's win ended a run of three straight defeats.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean may opt to shuffle his pack. Midfield duo Mauro Formica and Morten Gamst Pedersen were both left out against Boro but could be recalled to the starting line-up. Defender Grant Hanley scored a late consolation from the bench last time out and could be handed a starting role after an impressive cameo. Marcus Olsson remains Kean's only injury concern. The defender is still sidelined with a hamstring injury meaning brother Martin is expected to continue at left-back.
Huddersfield Town v Watford
Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson is not expected to make any changes. Central defender Joel Lynch sits out the second game of his three-match ban following his dismissal in the recent win at Sheffield Wednesday so Anthony Gerrard will continue alongside Peter Clarke. Midfielder Oscar Gobern is a long-term absentee and winger Adam Hammill, on loan from Wolves, remains sidelined with a knee injury which has kept him out of the last two matches. Striker Sean Scannell returned to the substitutes' bench for Monday night's win at Blackpool following a hamstring injury. Grayson's side will go top of the table with victory if Brighton lose to Birmingham.
Jonathan Hogg returns to contention. The midfielder missed last weekend's 2-2 draw against Bristol City due to illness but is back in the fold to face the second-placed Terriers. Captain John Eustace continues to miss out with his troublesome back injury, as do Alex Geijo (groin), Prince Buaben (thigh), Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (groin), Ikechi Anya (ankle) and Cristian Battocchio (groin). Striker Troy Deeney made his first appearance of the season as a second-half substitute against the Robins last Saturday and will again be involved. Defender Fitz Hall also stepped off the bench for the first time having struggled for fitness since his summer arrival at the Hertfordshire club.
Hull City v Peterborough United
Hull defender Joe Dudgeon, an ever-present in Steve Bruce's side this season, is a doubt after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday's defeat at Leicester. Liam Rosenior replaced Dudgeon for the last 20 minutes at the King Power Stadium and could return to the starting line-up if Dudgeon fails to make it, but left-back Andy Dawson offers Bruce an alternative option. Striker Matty Fryatt is edging closer to a return to action after his season has been delayed due to an Achilles injury and he could be back in contention after the next international break. Defender Jack Hobbs and midfielder Tom Cairney remain sidelined with long-term knee injuries.
Manager Darren Ferguson has a fully-fit squad as he looks to get Peterborough's first points of the season on the board at the KC Stadium. Tommy Rowe, Danny Swanson and Daniel Kearns are all available after injury and could start on Saturday. Ferguson was given further food for thought after being impressed by the performance of the reserves in a midweek win over Northampton. Kearns, Lee Frecklington, Emile Sinclair and youngsters Jaanai Gordon-Hutton and Jonson Clarke-Harris were all involved on Tuesday afternoon and could have played their way into Ferguson's thinking ahead of the trip to Humberside.
Middlesbrough v Leicester City
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will hope for some good news on the injury front. Mowbray made 11 changes for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup victory at Preston, although several of them were enforced. He will run the rule over his walking wounded before he makes his final decision, but will be keeping his fingers crossed that the likes of Jason Steele, Justin Hoyte, Jonathan Woodgate, Grant Leadbitter and Ishmael Miller, who all missed the trip to Deepdale, are available. Steele and Leadbitter (both calf), Hoyte and Woodgate (both hamstring) and Miller (groin) are all being assessed as is Adam Reach, who has sat out the last three games with an ankle problem. Rhys Williams (ankle ligaments) and Curtis Main (knee ligaments) are in the early stages of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery and will be sidelined for some time yet.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson will travel to former club Middlesbrough with an unchanged squad. Richie Wellens remains the only absentee as the 32-year-old midfielder continues to build up his fitness and make good progress in his recovery from knee surgery. Pearson, who spent four years as a player with Boro during which time he captained the club to two promotions, three cup final defeats and suffered relegation, has options should he wish to make changes to his starting XI. Fit-again defender Zak Whitbread, midfielders Andy King and Lloyd Dyer and strikers Martyn Waghorn, Jeff Schlupp and Marko Futacs were among the substitutes against Hull. Leicester have been beaten 2-1 in all three Championship away matches so far this season.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
Stale Solbakken will revert to his strongest XI. The Wolves boss made a total of 10 changes for Tuesday night's emphatic 6-0 League Cup defeat at Chelsea, with only midfielder Slawomir Peszko surviving from the side which won at Peterborough last Saturday. That means the likes of Carl Ikeme, Christophe Berra, Roger Johnson, Tongo Doumbia, Karl Henry, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle are all set to return to face the Owls. Solbakken is not expected to have any new injuries for the encounter, with long-term absentees Wayne Hennessey (knee), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo still missing.
Wednesday will be boosted by the return of Ross Barkley and Martin Taylor, while Reda Johnson may also be back in contention. Midfielder Barkley and central defender Taylor both missed the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Southampton as they were cup-tied, but manager Dave Jones is expected to recall them to his starting line-up. Miguel Llera or Mark Beevers could make way for Taylor with Barkley expected to replace Paul Corry, who made his debut against Southampton. Johnson missed last weekend's defeat to Bolton and the cup loss at St Mary's due to a foot injury. The Owls will be without midfielders Rhys McCabe (thigh) and Chris Lines (groin) and defender Lewis Buxton (hamstring).
Brighton and Hove Albion v Birmingham City - 17.30
Leaders Brighton will be without top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith. Mackail-Smith had scored six goals in his previous four games but limped off in the early stages of last weekend's win at Millwall with a hamstring injury. His absence could see Stephen Dobbie, the summer signing from Swansea, handed a full debut in attack. Right-back Bruno Saltor is a doubt after a groin injury forced him off at Millwall with fellow Spaniard Inigo Calderon on stand-by. Midfielder Andrew Crofts will have a check on his hamstring problem while forward Will Hoskins is still recovering from a broken foot. The Seagulls have won their last five matches and are two points clear of Huddersfield in second.
Lee Clark has a host of selection decisions. Marlon King has sat out of training for the majority of this week due to a virus and will be assessed, while Hayden Mullins was also struck down on Wednesday night, making him more of a doubt for the 5.30pm kick-off. Clark's main concerns come in defence, though, with Stephen Carr (knee) and Paul Caddis (shoulder) ruled out for the long-term while David Murphy (hamstring) and Pablo Ibanez (broken toe) are facing around a month on the sidelines. Left-back Paul Robinson is expected to make his debut having arrived on a short-term deal while Curtis Davies will return to partner Steven Caldwell at the heart of defence, with Will Packwood or Jonathan Spector at right-back.