Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (all kick off times 15:00 unless stated)
Birmingham boss Lee Clark will mull over keeping an unchanged side for a third successive match as he comes up against former employers Huddersfield at St Andrew's. It will be the first time Clark has come face-to-face with Town since his shock dismissal in February of last season, although he insists he holds no grudges. Right-back Will Packwood was forced off shortly after half-time in the Welsh capital nursing a back complaint but should be okay. Fellow defenders Stephen Carr (knee), Paul Caddis (shoulder), David Murphy (hamstring) and Pablo Ibanez (broken toe) all remain sidelined.
Jermaine Beckford and Joel Lynch will return to Huddersfield's squad. Striker Beckford was ineligible to play in the midweek defeat to his parent club Leicester, while defender Lynch has completed a three-game ban following his straight red card in the recent win at Sheffield Wednesday. Manager Simon Grayson must decide whether to recall Beckford in place of Sean Scannell, who partnered Lee Novak on Tuesday night, and put Lynch straight back into the starting line-up in preference to Anthony Gerrard or Peter Clarke. Huddersfield could also be boosted by the return of on-loan pair James Vaughan and Adam Hammill. Norwich striker Vaughan has missed the successive home defeats to Watford and Leicester due to a groin problem and Wolves winger Hammill has been out since the home win over Derby in mid-September with a knee injury.
Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Dickson Etuhu remains a doubt. Etuhu was absent from Wednesday night's goalless draw at Nottingham Forest after being struck down with a virus. Although the former Manchester City and Fulham midfielder has resumed some light training duties at Rovers' Brockhall training base, caretaker manager Eric Black is not overly optimistic about his prospects for the weekend. Marcus Olsson (hamstring) and Leon Best (knee) remain on the sidelines, but Best's fellow forward Colin Kazim-Richards returned to action as a substitute against Forest following his own knee complaint and is relishing turning out at Ewood Park once more.
Stale Solbakken, meanwhile, will again be forced to reshuffle his Wolves side after another injury to one of his wide players. Slawomir Peszko has been ruled out for between four to six weeks with strained knee ligaments sustained during Tuesday night's 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace. Stephen Hunt has also recently been forced to undergo a hip operation, joining long-term absentees George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) in the treatment room. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (knee) has, however, been given the green light to resume full training after the forthcoming international break.
Blackpool v Charlton Athletic
Blackpool winger Tom Ince faces a late fitness test. Ince's scintillating start to the season has been put on hold by a hip problem, but he has a chance of facing Chris Powell's men. The former Liverpool youngster was named in Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad this week, while Seasiders boss Ian Holloway touted him for full international honours. Holloway has no other injury worries after watching Gary Taylor-Fletcher come through 90 minutes on his return from a back injury in Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Hull. Another forward Holloway would like to see featuring for the whole game is Wigan loanee Nouha Dicko, who scored the winner at the KC Stadium - his third strike of the season after coming off the bench.
Charlton boss Chris Powell is considering handing full debuts to loan signings Rob Hulse and Abdul Razak. QPR striker Hulse made his first appearance from the bench in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat by Watford and Manchester City midfielder Razak was an unused substitute. Powell was forced to draft in the duo after a spate of injuries at The Valley. Skipper Johnnie Jackson remains a doubt with a hamstring problem as does forward Danny Haynes. Ricardo Fuller should keep his place in attack after his goal against the Hornets. Top scorer Yann Kermorgant is out for three months after breaking his ankle and defenders Matt Taylor and Rhoys Wiggins are still sidelined with foot injuries.
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Kagisho Dikgacoi should be fit. The South Africa midfielder was rested for Tuesday night's 2-1 win at Wolves with a slight muscle strain but he expects to be available. Jonny Williams replaced Dikgacoi at Molineux but the Welshman, who broke his leg last season, has yet to start back-to-back matches this term and is likely to make way. Peter Ramage returned as a substitute in midweek following a thigh injury and should be involved again but fellow defender Paddy McCarthy remains a long-term absentee with a groin problem. Danny Gabbidon is still waiting to make his debut after signing from QPR last month but the Wales centre-half needs to build up his fitness first.
Burnley boss Eddie Howe has worries in defence. Skipper Jason Shackell was absent from the 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor in midweek and is doubtful once more due to a knee injury. The Clarets will make a late decision on Shackell, while fellow centre-back Michael Duff is set to be sidelined with a knee problem of his own. Howe, who distanced himself from reports suggesting he was poised for a return to former club Bournemouth this week, expressed concerns about his side's defensive frailties after they surrendered the lead three times against Wednesday.
Derby County v Brighton and Hove Albion
Derby manager Nigel Clough has a selection headache in attack. Top scorer Jamie Ward continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury, leaving Clough with a number of possible options in the final third. Theo Robinson netted the opener in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough in his first league start this season and will be eager to keep his place. But Conor Sammon may be restored to the starting XI after having a hand in Paul Coutts' late equaliser at the Riverside. Midfielder Jeff Hendrick could drop out after being substituted immediately after conceding possession to allow the hosts to score their second goal in midweek.
Brighton can welcome right-back Bruno back into their side. The Spaniard has missed Albion's last two matches, a defeat by Birmingham and a draw with lowly Ipswich, due to a groin problem but is now back in full training. However, midfielder Andrew Crofts remains a doubt with a hamstring problem while top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith (hamstring) and former Spain international Vicente (thigh) are still missing. Will Buckley is expected to return to the starting line-up after his heroics as a substitute against Paul Jewell's side on Tuesday night. The winger was forced to start on the bench due to a tight hamstring but came on in the second half to score Brighton's equaliser and almost set up a late winner.
Leeds United v Barnsley
Leeds boss Neil Warnock's injury woes could soon be behind him as he will choose his starting line-up from an unchanged squad. Warnock has had to send out a patched-up side in recent weeks but David Norris is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after recovering from a torn thigh muscle and fellow midfielder Paul Green (knee) is edging closer to a return. Warnock has no new injury or suspension worries following the midweek draw at Bolton, leaving striker Ross McCormack now as the only long-term absentee with an ankle injury. Defender Lee Peltier is expected to be handed back the captain's armband after El-Hadji Diouf took on the skipper's role against his former club Bolton on Tuesday night.
Barnsley have been dealt a double blow with defender Stephen Foster and winger Toni Silva suffering injury setbacks. Foster, who missed the midweek defeat to Peterborough, has been diagnosed with a pulled muscle in his back and remains sidelined. Portuguese Silva, yet to make his Barnsley debut following his arrival in the summer from Liverpool, has been told to ease off during his recovery from a long-term knee injury and has missed training this week. Manager Keith Hill has no other new injury or suspension worries, with defender Jim McNulty and Mido (both hamstring) hoping to return to full training after next weekend's international break. Defender Rob Edwards (hamstring) and midfielder Jim O'Brien (dislocated shoulder) remain long-term absentees as Barnsley chase a second league win in six matches.
Leicester City v Bristol City
Ritchie De Laet is Nigel Pearson's only injury. The full-back limped off after just 28 minutes of the 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough last weekend and will be tested prior to kick-off to assess his availability. Highly-rated teenager Liam Moore has stepped in impressively in De Laet's absence and is likely to get the nod once again should the former Manchester United trainee be ruled out. Moore was one of three changes made by Pearson in the 2-0 victory at Huddersfield on Tuesday, with Andy King and Lloyd Dyer also included in the starting line-up. Matty James and Ben Marshall were the unlucky duo to miss out but Pearson is expected to name an unchanged side as the Foxes seek to continue their 100 per cent home record.
Bristol City are without Marvin Elliott and Joe Bryan. Elliott has missed the last two games with a groin injury and remains sidelined. Bryan has still not been cleared to play after the 19-year-old defender suffered a concussion within 20 minutes of replacing George Elokobi in the 3-2 defeat against Leeds before missing the 1-1 draw with Millwall in midweek. Lewin Nyatanga made his first league appearance of the season against the Lions in Bryan's absence and is expected to continue on the left-side of the defence. First-choice left-back Greg Cunningham is not expected back from an ankle injury until next month. Steve Davies celebrated his full debut for the club by scoring in midweek and should continue in midfield.
Millwall v Bolton Wanderers
Millwall have problems in defence. Skipper Paul Robinson is missing due to an ongoing pelvic problem, Karleigh Osborne has been ruled out with a calf injury and Shane Lowry is suspended after collecting five yellow cards. Danny Shittu and youngster Jake Goodman are therefore Millwall's only recognised centre-backs and although midfielder Tamika Mkandawire used to play there for Leyton Orient and has recovered from knee surgery, he has yet to make an appearance this season. Elsewhere, winger Liam Feeney is still sidelined with an ankle injury and striker John Marquis will be out until after Christmas due to a groin problem. Andy Keogh could return in attack after dropping to the bench at Bristol City in midweek.
David Ngog is an injury doubt. Ngog, who only recently returned to first-team action following a back problem that dogged his pre-season preparations, missed out against Leeds in midweek due to a hamstring complaint. The French striker will be assessed ahead of the match and will join Marcus Alonso on the sidelines if deemed unfit. Alonso did not feature in Tuesday night's 2-2 draw and, although the weekend comes too soon for him, boss Owen Coyle is expecting the Spanish defender to return to training from his leg injury at the start of next week. On-loan Arsenal forward Benik Afobe will hope to keep his place in attack after making a first Wanderers start against Neil Warnock's side, only four days on from visiting hospital with a mystery groin problem.
Peterborough United v Nottingham Forest
Manager Darren Ferguson has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Posh finally kick-started their Championship campaign last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Hull, and an unchanged side from the KC Stadium followed that up with a 2-0 success at Barnsley on Tuesday night. Ferguson experimented with a new formation against Hull - playing three centre-halves - and stuck with it at Oakwell. He must now decide whether to change things in front of their own fans at London Road on Saturday. Captain and centre-half Gaby Zakuani, midfielders Lee Frecklington, Joe Newell, Danny Swanson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and forward Lee Tomlin all started that reserve team friendly on Wednesday afternoon.
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Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is hoping Lewis Buxton or Kieran Lee can shake off their respective injuries. Buxton has been sidelined with a hamstring strain and Lee has missed out due to a foot problem, leaving Jones to employ winger Jermaine Johnson at right-back in the last two matches. Defender Reda Johnson is still out with a long-term foot injury and if neither Buxton or Lee can play, Jermaine Johnson will continue out of position. Central defender Mark Beevers is struggling with a knee injury and Chris Lines remains a long-term absentee due to a troublesome groin, but fellow midfielder Rhys McCabe (thigh) came through unscathed after playing the second half of the midweek draw at Burnley and will be in contention to start.
Hull manager Steve Bruce may be forced to change his side's formation as Alex Bruce and James Chester are ruled out and fellow defender Joe Dudgeon is doubtful. Bruce was forced out of the midweek home defeat to Blackpool due to a groin injury, Chester remains sidelined with a hamstring strain and Dudgeon is struggling with a knee problem. Boss Bruce has employed a 3-5-2 formation for most of this season but injuries and a run of three straight defeats has forced a rethink. Liam Rosenior and Andy Dawson are poised for recalls at right-back and left-back respectively, with Paul McShane likely to partner Abdoulaye Faye at the heart of a four-man defence. Seyi Olofinjana (hamstring) came through the full 90 minutes against Blackpool and should resume in midfield. Striker Matty Fryatt (Achilles) is not yet ready to return while defender Jack Hobbs and midfielder Tom Cairney (both knee) remain sidelined.
Watford v Middlesbrough
Fernando Forestieri will be suspended for Watford. The on-loan Udinese striker was given a second yellow card in Tuesday's impressive 2-1 win at Charlton having been adjudged to have dived in the penalty area. He now serves a one-match suspension. Matej Vydra and Chris Iwelumo are the leading contenders to step in alongside Troy Deeney in attack. Defender Nyron Nosworthy has now returned to training and is back in contention following his hamstring injury. However, skipper John Eustace (back), Prince Buaben (hamstring), Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (groin) and Ikechi Anya (ankle) all remain sidelined. Nothing separates Watford and Boro in the middle of the Championship table but the Hornets are the form side as they chase a third win in the space of a week.
Australia international Scott McDonald will hope for a return to first-team football after scoring for Middlesbrough on his comeback. McDonald could now find himself in the 18 for the Championship trip to Vicarage Road with Mowbray facing a selection crisis with his frontmen. Ishmael Miller, Mustapha Carayol, Merouane Zemmama and Curtis Main are out while Marvin Emnes and attacking midfielder Adam Reach are fighting to shake off injuries. Ryan Noble's double cancelled out, then overhauled McDonald's strike as the Black Cats, who had fit-again full-back Phil Bardsley and out-of-contract former Everton striker James McFadden among their ranks, ran out 2-1 winners.
Ipswich Town v Cardiff City (17:20)
Manager Paul Jewell must decide whether to start Michael Chopra. The striker is fit having returned to the fold for Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Brighton following a groin injury. However, Chopra attracted the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Thursday having been one of nine people charged in connection with race-fixing by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Jewell must now make a decision on the frontman's state of mind ahead of the 5.20pm kick-off. Midfielder Luke Hyam missed out in midweek with a back injury and will again sit out versus the Bluebirds, as will long-term absentee Paul Taylor (foot). Richie Wellens, who joined Ipswich on a one-month loan from Leicester on Thursday, is likely to go straight into the squad.
Cardiff are set to be unchanged as they travel to Ipswich. Malky Mackay's league leaders picked up no new injuries as they beat Birmingham 2-1 in midweek to move into top spot. But while the Bluebirds have won all five of their home games this season, they have only picked up a win on their travels on one occasion. They will look to add a second away victory to their record against an Ipswich side who are yet to enjoy success at Portman Road in the league this campaign. Cardiff are boosted by the news that Jordon Mutch is expected to return from a foot injury to boost Mackay's options in midfield, while Tommy Smith's hamstring injury will be assessed ahead of the game.