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4:23pm Friday 27th April 2012 in Sport
npower Championship Saturday, April 28
Barnsley (21) v Brighton (9) Barnsley defender Bobby Hassell could make his first appearance since January after recovering from a recent knee injury. Winger Matty Done has returned to training and is hoping to recover from the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last five matches. Defenders Scott Golbourne (groin) and Rob Edwards (dead leg) are unlikely to be in contention.
Brighton will be without Gordon Greer and Ryan Harley. Skipper Greer is out with an abdominal injury so Lewis Dunk will keep his place at centre-half. Winger Harley is struggling with tendinitis and will not be risked. Striker Will Hoskins is back from his loan spell at Sheffield United early due to a hernia problem and defender Tommy Elphick remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.
Last season: No Corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Barnsley L D L L L; Brighton L L L D D Top scorers: Craig Davies (Barnsley) 11; Ashley Barnes (Brighton) 14 Match odds: H 15-8 A 7-5 D 23-10 Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear)
Birmingham (5) v Reading (1) Birmingham could have Guirane N'Daw back in contention after resuming training following a hamstring injury. Fellow midfielder Keith Fahey (groin) and defenders Jonathan Spector (thigh) and Stephen Carr (knee) will miss out. Centre-back Steven Caldwell (groin) will miss the rest of the season while it is also likely goalkeeper Boaz Myhill (thumb) will see no more action.
Reading will be without striker Jason Roberts as he starts a three-match ban. Winger Jimmy Kebe is a doubt with a knee injury, midfielder Jem Karacan remains sidelined with his broken ankle and full-backs Matthew Connolly (ankle) and Joseph Mills (quad) are on the road to fitness but may not feature.
Last season: No Corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Birmingham W D D D D; Reading W W W W D Top scorers: Marlon King (Birmingham) 18; Adam Le Fondre (Reading) 16 Match odds: H 5-4 A 11-5 D 11-5 Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
Burnley (12) v Bristol City (19) Defender Ben Mee and striker Jay Rodriguez face late fitness tests. Mee has had a small fracture in his back while Rodriguez has been dogged by groin and hip problems. Forward Martin Paterson remains on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint.
Brett Pitman returns from suspension for Bristol City. Kalifa Cisse has been ruled out after undergoing a hernia operation, while fellow midfielder Marvin Elliott (Achilles) and striker David Clarkson (ankle) is out. On-loan defender Andre Amougou was ineligible to face parent club Burnley and has returned to Turf Moor, while Jordan Spence has gone back to West Ham.
Last season: Bristol City 2 Burnley 0, Burnley 0 Bristol City 0 Last five league matches: Burnley W W D D L; Bristol City W W D D W Top scorers: Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) 21; Chris Wood (Bristol City) 14 Match odds: H 19-20 A 14-5 D 12-5 Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)
Crystal Palace (17) v Cardiff (6) Goalkeeper Julian Speroni is the latest addition to Crystal Palace's casualty list after suffering a dislocated finger at Reading, so Lewis Price will deputise. Centre-half Paul McShane is struggling a hamstring injury and right-back Nathaniel Clyne is also doubtful with a knee problem. Youngsters Matt Parsons, Kyle De Silva, Antonio Pedroza, Stuart O'Keefe and Kwesi Appiah are set to be pressed into action again.
Cardiff have no new injury worries. Striker Rudy Gestede is a slight doubt with a hip injury. The Bluebirds will definitely be without midfielder Craig Conway who was was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering ankle ligament damage. Don Cowie will be available after recovering from a calf strain.
Last season: Crystal Palace 1 Cardiff 0, Cardiff 0 Crystal Palace 0 Last five league matches: Crystal Palace L L D L D; Cardiff W D W W D Top scorers: Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace) 21; Joe Mason & Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) 12 Match odds: H 13-5 A 21-20 D 23-10 Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Derby (11) v Peterborough (18) A groin strain will end Frank Fielding's run of 39 consecutive appearances in goal for Derby. Adam Legzdins will make his second start since joining from Burton last summer. Defenders Jake Buxton and John Brayford are also nursing knocks. Paul Green, who is set to leave after rejecting the offer of a new contract, will be omitted from the 16.
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson could give youngsters Kgosi Nthle, Charlie Coulson and Peter Grant another chance to impress. Emile Sinclair is a major doubt with an ankle injury while David Hibbert is sidelined. Gaby Zakuani will play despite the defender nursing a broken toe and a dislocated shoulder.
Last season: No Corresponding fixture.
Last five league matches: Derby D W L L W; Peterborough D L L L D Top scorers: Steve Davies (Derby) 12; Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough) 19 Match odds: H 10-11 A 3-1 D 5-2 Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
Doncaster (24) v Ipswich (15) Giles Barnes could return for a possible Doncaster swansong as he is out of contract this summer, but has resumed training following a back problem. Habib Beye is another who may play his last game for Dean Saunders' relegated side following a three-match ban. Shelton Martis has a calf complaint, while the game comes too soon for midfielder Martin Woods (knee) and forward Habib Bamogo (hamstring).
Ipswich have a host of injury problems. Left-back Aaron Cresswell (hamstring) and Luke Hyam (thigh) are out. Lee Martin remains doubtful with the groin problem which kept him sidelined as is Ryan Stevenson (Achilles). Jimmy Bullard is set to be out as he continues to suffer from sinusitis.
Last season: Doncaster 0 Ipswich 6, Ipswich 3 Doncaster 2 Last five league matches: Doncaster L L L D W; Ipswich D L D D L Top scorers: El-Hadji Diouf (Doncaster) 6; Michael Chopra (Ipswich) 14 Match odds: H 11-5 A 6-5 D 12-5 Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)
Leeds (13) v Leicester (10) Leeds will be without defender Leigh Bromby after he ruptured his patella tendon last weekend and could be sidelined for up to a year. But midfielder Michael Brown returns following a three-game ban and defender Tom Lees will play despite requiring surgery to repair his broken nose. Striker Billy Paynter is unlikely to feature (Achilles) so Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio, Mikael Forssell and Ramon Nunez will be vying for the starting places up front.
Captain Richie Wellens (knee) and fellow midfielder Andy King (foot) are likely to miss out for Leicester. Martyn Waghorn continues his return from a hamstring problem with striker Darius Vassell likely to be involved after being sidelined since October with a knee injury. Forward Paul Gallagher is likely to remain on compassionate leave.
Last season: Leicester 2 Leeds 2, Leeds 1 Leicester 2 Last five league matches: Leeds L L W L D; Leicester W W L D L Top scorers: Ross McCormack (Leeds) 19; David Nugent (Leicester) 16 Match odds: H 13-8 A 12-5 D 8-5 Referee: Danny McDermid (Hampshire)
Millwall (16) v Blackpool (4) Josh McQuoid could be added to the Millwall squad after completing a successful loan spell with Burnley. Midfield duo Josh Wright and Liam Trotter hope to recover from knocks in time while top scorer Darius Henderson is fit following a calf injury. Midfielders Tamika Mkandawire (knee) and Therry Racon (ankle) remain long-term absentees.
Keith Southern is available for Blackpool following suspension. Fellow midfielder Ludo Sylvestre and on-loan Wigan forward Nouha Dicko are also pushing for a start. Roman Bednar returned from a knee injury in midweek, but the Czech striker is still short of match fitness and will not feature. Centre-back Craig Cathcart remains a doubt due to a cyst on his knee.
Last season: No Corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Millwall W W W W W; Blackpool W D D W W Top scorers: Darius Henderson (Millwall) 19; Kevin Phillips & Matt Phillips (Blackpool) 17 Match odds: H 6-4 A 7-4 D 23-10 Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
Nottm Forest (20) v Portsmouth (22) Leading scorer Garath McCleary is back in the reckoning for Nottingham Forest following a three-match ban. Manager Steve Cotterill will check on striker Dexter Blackstock and defender Joel Lynch after both players missed the defeat to Hull with slight knocks. Blackstock was replaced by Marcus Tudgay but he is also a doubt with a rib injury.
On-loan midfielder Scott Allan will be in the Portsmouth side after West Brom allowed him to complete the Championship season. Another loanee, striker Chris McGuire, returns after he was ineligible to face his employers Derby last weekend. Teenage forward Ashley Harris limped off during his full debut with cramp so he will be available. Defender Tal Ben Haim is still struggling with a calf injury.
Last season: Nottm Forest 2 Portsmouth 1, Portsmouth 2 Nottm Forest 1 Last five league matches: Nottm Forest L W D L L; Portsmouth D L W W L Top scorers: Garath McCleary (Nottm Forest) 9; David Norris (Portsmouth) 8 Match odds: H 10-11 A 3-1 D 12-5 Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)
Southampton (2) v Coventry (23) Southampton will be without Richard Chaplow for the promotion decider after he suffered a hamstring injury last weekend. Steve de Ridder, Guly do Prado or Jason Puncheon could fill in. Japan striker Tadanari Lee is still missing with an ankle injury so Billy Sharp partners 31-goal top scorer Rickie Lambert in attack again. Morgan Schneiderlin and Frazer Richardson are pushing for recalls.
Rookie Jordan Willis is set for his first Coventry start as centre-back Richard Keogh serves a one-match suspension. Manager Andy Thorn is already without defenders Cyrus Christie, Nathan Cameron, Richard Wood (all knee) and Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder). On-loan striker Alex Nimely (hamstring) will again be assessed as will midfielder David Bell. Skipper Sammy Clingan (Achilles) will again play no part.
Last season: No Corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Southampton D W L W L; Coventry D L D L L Top scorers: Ricky Lambert (Southampton) 31; Gary McSheffrey (Coventry) 9 Match odds: H 2-7 A 10-1 D 4-1 Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Watford (14) v Middlesbrough (7) Stephen McGinn is in contention for his first appearance for Watford for 14 months following a cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in February last year. Otherwise, boss Sean Dyche has a fully-fit squad to select from.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns.Full-back Justin Hoyte limped out of last Saturday's win over Southampton with muscle tightness, but is expected to be available. Striker Marvin Emnes has been playing with a niggling knee injury but he too should be passed fit.
Last season: Middlesbrough 2 Watford 1, Watford 3 Middlesbrough 1 Last five league matches: Watford L D D D D; Middlesbrough L L W D W Top scorers: Britt Assombalonga (Watford) 12; Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) 17 Match odds: H 2-1 A 13-10 D 12-5 Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)
West Ham (3) v Hull (8) George McCartney returns to the West Ham squad after missing three games following concussion. The Hammers will be without Nicky Maynard, John Carew (both knee) and Joey O'Brien (thigh). Carlton Cole should keep his place in attack in Maynard's absence.
Hull manager Nick Barmby is hoping to add midfield pair Robert Koren and Tom Cairney to his squad. Koren was forced out of last weekend's win over Nottingham Forest after taking a knock. Cairney missed out against Forest with heavy bruising to his leg, but will also be back in contention. Skipper Jack Hobbs (knee), fellow defender Joe Dudgeon and striker Aaron McLean (both hamstring) remain sidelined.
Last season: No Corresponding fixture Last five league matches: West Ham W D W D W; Hull L W D W W Top scorers: Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham) 22; Matt Fryatt (Hull) 16 Match odds: H 4-11 A 6-1 D 3-1 Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)