All matches start at 15:00 unless stated
Watford v Charlton Athletic - 13:00
Fitz Hall is a major doubt for Watford. The defender limped off after 42 minutes of the 3-1 win at Brighton on Saturday with a hamstring knock. Although manager Gianfranco Zola confirmed the injury is not a long-term problem, Hall faces a race against time to prove his fitness for their second game in four days. Udinese loanee Neuton filled in for the former QPR man against the Seagulls, and he is a strong candidate to earn a starting place should Hall be ruled out. Marco Cassetti is another option open to Zola on his return from a one-match suspension, but Lloyd Doyley (calf) continues to miss out. Striker Fernando Forestieri made the bench at the Amex Stadium on his return from a hamstring problem, but he is unlikely to dislodge in-form forward pair Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra.
Charlton are without Danny Haynes and Michael Morrison. Striker Haynes pulled a hamstring against Derby at the weekend, 16 minutes after he had given the Addicks the lead with a stunning goal. Defender Morrison was dismissed during the 1-1 draw after picking up two cautions and serves a one-match ban. The point saw an end to Charlton's three-match losing run but Chris Powell's side remain without a win since November. Striker Ricardo Fuller was named on the bench after a hamstring problem but could make a return to the line-up. On-loan midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was left out completely against the Rams and his loan spell will end following the game at Vicarage Road. Rhoys Wiggins (foot), Andy Hughes (Achilles) and Ade Azeez (hamstring) all remain sidelined.
Birmingham City v Cardiff City
Nikola Zigic picked up two late bookings in the 3-1 defeat at Bolton, his second red card of the season, meaning the Serbia international will miss the next two games. With Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf), and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) all sidelined, Lee Clark has only Jake Jervis at his disposal. The 21-year-old striker has never made a senior start for the Blues but could be thrown in at the deep end against the league leaders. Midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Darren Ambrose (knee) are also absent, meaning Clark's options are further limited. Defender Will Packwood missed the defeat at the Reebok Stadium with illness, but the American should be back available to face the Bluebirds.
Cardiff striker Rudy Gestede will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up. The 24-year-old Frenchman struck the only goal on only his seventh Championship start for the Bluebirds after replacing Heidar Helguson against Millwall. With games coming thick and fast for the table-toppers manager Malky Mackay may decide to freshen things up with Don Cowie, Jordon Mutch, Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung all waiting in the wings having been in and out of the side in recent weeks. Stephen McPhail and Tommy Smith, meanwhile, are targeting the FA Cup third-round clash at Macclesfield for a return to action after spells on the sidelines.
Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Blackburn will assess Ruben Rochina. Rochina was restored to the starting line-up against Barnsley on Saturday and responded with a fine individual goal as Rovers claimed a first win in seven Championship outings. But the former Barcelona B playmaker limped out of the action midway through the second half and watched the rest of the match from the bench clutching an ice pack to his leg. Colin Kazim-Richards is pushing for a start after replacing the injured Simon Vukcevic at half-time during the 3-1 triumph at Oakwell. Vukcevic was helped off by the Rovers medical team having been caught by a late challenge on the stroke of the interval, although the exact nature of his injury is unclear. Reserve team boss Gary Bowyer is set to take charge of first-team affairs once more having led the team at the weekend in the wake of Henning Berg's sacking. Fabio Nunes (hamstring), Mauro Formica (foot) and Paul Robinson (back) were not expected to be involved but Gael Givet, David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Dickson Etuhu were surprise absentees from the travelling party.
Alan Hutton could come back into the Nottingham Forest squad. Full-back Hutton, on loan from Aston Villa, missed Alex McLeish's first game as Forest boss against Crystal Palace on Saturday through illness. Hutton, signed by McLeish during his fellow Scot's short stint in charge at Villa Park, could go straight back into the starting line up if he recovers in time. McLeish has defender Brendan Moloney, midfielders Simon Gillett, Guy Moussi, Lewis McGugan and Henri Lansbury and striker Simon Cox at his disposal should he wish to make any changes to the team that started the 2-2 draw with Palace. On-loan defender Daniel Ayala is another option for McLeish. The Norwich centre-half was available against the Eagles after serving a one-match suspension but did not make the matchday squad.
Blackpool v Hull City
Blackpool welcome back midfielder Isaiah Osbourne. Osbourne missed Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Middlesbrough as he served a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards this season. On-loan Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso made way for midfielder Angel Martinez before half-time at the Riverside Stadium but, with Pool 2-0 down at that stage, boss Michael Appleton's decision appeared to be a tactical one. Defender Ian Evatt (knee) and winger Matt Phillips (toe) remain on the sidelines.
Hull defender Ahmed Elmohamady is doubtful for the game due to a calf injury but Alex Bruce is available following suspension. Elmohamady was forced off in the closing stages of Saturday's home win over Leeds and replaced by Liam Rosenior, who is on stand-by if the right wing-back fails to make it. Defender Bruce has missed the last three matches following his recent dismissal against Huddersfield and provides manager Steve Bruce with an alternative option. Boss Bruce has no other new injury or suspension problems and could field an unchanged line-up if Elmohamady proves his fitness as Hull look to extend their unbeaten league run to eight matches. Striker Sone Aluko looks set to continue following his recent return from more than a month out with an Achilles injury while fellow forwards Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson plus midfielders Seyi Olofinjana and Tom Cairney are all hoping to be involved.
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Crystal Palace remain without Damien Delaney. The defender sits out the final game of his three-match ban after receiving a red card in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. Danny Gabbidon will continue in his absence and make his first start at Selhurst Park since joining the club in September. Jonathan Williams made his first appearance since October during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest following a groin problem and the midfielder will be looking for another run-out. But skipper Paddy McCarthy remains sidelined with the groin injury that has prevented him playing this campaign. Palace have won just once in their last eight games and have slipped to fourth, seven points behind leaders Cardiff.
Wolves manager Stale Solbakken is expected to make changes to his out-of-form team. The 2-0 loss against Ipswich on Saturday was their second home defeat in four days, which leaves them with just three wins from their last 15 games. Solbakken's men were booed off at half-time and full-time for the second successive game and the Norwegian will be looking for a reaction from his players. Bjorn Sigurdarson and David Davis are likely to keep their starting places after being recalled to face the Blues, meaning Jermaine Pennant and Tongo Doumbia may have to settle for a place among the substitutes again. Jamie O'Hara played 24 minutes as a second-half substitute against Mick McCarthy's side and he is closing in on his first start of the season following a hernia problem. Defender Richard Stearman is a further option to Solbakken but Wayne Hennessey, Stephen Hunt and George Elokobi remain out.
Derby County v Middlesbrough
Jamie Ward will sit out Derby's first fixture of 2013 despite making his long-awaited comeback from injury at the weekend. Ward was in the Rams squad for the first time against Charlton on Saturday since suffering a hamstring strain in September. The Northern Ireland forward came off the bench in the 68th minute at The Valley and four minutes later scored the penalty that earned Nigel Clough's side a 1-1 draw. However, it proved to be just a brief cameo appearance as Ward was himself substituted after 83 minutes as a precautionary measure after complaining of tightness in his hamstring. Mark O'Brien was only fit enough for the bench after a groin injury forced him off towards the end of the Boxing Day defeat at Burnley so he could start. Midfielder Craig Bryson has been playing despite a knee problem and he was given the afternoon off in south east London. Clough will decide whether to bring the Scot back into the squad against Boro.
Middlesbrough midfielder Josh McEachran will be assessed ahead of the game. The Chelsea loanee suffered an ankle injury during the 1-0 win over Blackburn and missed Saturday's 4-2 victory against Blackpool. George Friend (hamstring) and Emmanuel Ledesma (knee) missed out at the Riverside although Stuart Parnaby, who had a medial ligament injury which the club initially feared may require surgery, came through 69 minutes. But Seb Hines and Faris Haroun both failed late fitness tests and should be assessed again before kick-off. Midfielders Julio Arca (toe) and Muzzy Carayol and striker Curtis Main (both knee) are still sidelined.
Ipswich Town v Brighton and Hove Albion
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is set to name an unchanged team for the sixth successive game. McCarthy has guided the Blues to seven wins from 12 games since taking charge, which has moved them eight points clear of the relegation places. With no new injury or suspension concerns, McCarthy is likely to keep faith will all of his starting XI. The ex-Wolves manager, who led his team to a 2-0 win at his former club on Saturday, has a number of options should he choose to rotate his squad for their fourth game in 11 days. Experienced pair Nigel Reo-Coker and Michael Chopra made substitute appearances at Molineux and will be pressing for starts. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Jason Scotland offer further attacking options while Danny Higginbotham, who has not featured for the Tractor Boys since November, is also waiting in the wings.
Brighton boss Gus Poyet hopes to have Will Buckley available. The midfielder, who scored the Seagulls' equaliser the last time the clubs met, missed the 3-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday evening due to a hamstring complaint and will be assessed ahead of kick-off. Andrea Orlandi played just under an hour on his return from a rib injury and will hope to keep his starting place, while fellow midfielder Gary Dicker was an unused substitute following a knee problem that had kept him sidelined for a month. Right-back Bruno also returned to the line-up after overcoming an Achilles issue and should continue in the side. Poyet's men have gone five games without a win and are six points off the play-off places.
Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers
Leeds' leading goalscorer Luciano Becchio is battling to be fit but defender Aidy White is suspended. Striker Becchio missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull due to a thigh strain, meaning Davide Somma made his first start for the club in 19 months following a serious knee injury. White received his fifth booking of the season at the KC Stadium and sits out an automatic one-game ban. Forward Ross McCormack also returned to the starting line-up at Hull and manager Neil Warnock must decide which combination to utilise against Bolton. Warnock made five changes against the Tigers, opting to start with three central defenders, while White and Sam Byram operated as wing-backs. Striker El-Hadji Diouf and on-loan winger Jerome Thomas were not included in the squad on Saturday and will be hoping to feature.
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman will assess a handful of knocks. David Ngog missed Saturday's 3-1 victory over Birmingham at the Reebok Stadium with a twisted ankle and fellow forward Benik Afobe was restricted to a late cameo from the bench due to a slight hamstring problem. Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews started and played through the pain of an Achilles complaint. Fellow midfielder Mark Davies remains out with a shoulder injury, while defender Matt Mills (thigh) is still unavailable. Freedman has been boosted by the news that Stuart Holden is closing in on a first-team return, but the USA midfielder will stay sidelined until the end of January alongside fellow long-term knee injury victims Josh Vela and David Wheater.
Leicester City v Huddersfield Town
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson could freshen up his side. Right-back Ritchie De Laet overcame a back problem to play against Burnley on Saturday, while centre-half Zak Whitbread and striker Jamie Vardy (heel) missed the trip to Turf Moor through injury. On-loan Manchester United defender Michael Keane returned to the squad against the Clarets after several weeks out with a hamstring injury and was an unused substitute. Pearson may opt to rest De Laet while it remains to be seen if Whitbread or Vardy are ready to come back, or whether Keane is ready to start a Championship fixture. The Foxes boss has the likes of midfielders Andy King and Paul Gallagher and strikers Martyn Waghorn, Jeff Schlupp, who has also proved this season that he can play as a makeshift left-back, and Marko Futacs available to make changes.
Huddersfield striker James Vaughan could return to the starting line-up alongside Jermaine Beckford. Vaughan started on the bench in Saturday's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday having recently returned from a seven-game lay-off due to a thigh strain. The former Norwich forward is also one booking away from suspension and manager Simon Grayson did not want to risk losing him for the testing New Year's Day trip. Grayson, who made five changes against Wednesday, is expected to retain Anthony Gerrard and Joel Lynch at the heart of defence, while Calum Woods and Danny Ward are hoping to return after knocks kept them out of the squad altogether at the weekend. Alan Lee is available again following his three-match ban.
Millwall v Bristol City
Millwall could be without Scott Malone. The defender was replaced in the opening 20 minutes of the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff on Saturday after hurting his leg in a collision with Peter Whittingham. Boss Kenny Jackett does not expect striker Andy Keogh to return from his toe injury against 22nd-placed City, but is hopeful he will be available for the FA Cup game with Preston at the weekend. Winger Chris Taylor remains sidelined with the knee problem that has kept him out of the club's last two games while skipper Paul Robinson is recovering from a pelvic injury.
City boss Derek McInnes is set to stick with Paul Anderson and Sam Baldock after the duo inspired his side to their first home win since August. The pair, who have been far from regular starters recently, scored three goals between them in the 4-2 win over Peterborough to end a nine-game winless run at Ashton Gate. And McInnes, who saw his side move off the foot of the npower Championship with the vital victory, is likely to give them the nod again. Anderson's recall came at the expense of Liam Fontaine and the club captain looks set to miss out on a starting berth again. With Ryan Taylor's return to full fitness McInnes has a number of attacking options on the bench, including Steve Davies who hit the bar late on having replaced Jon Stead.
Peterborough United v Barnsley
Peterborough will be without Lee Tomlin. The 23-year-old was shown a straight red card after just 12 minutes on Saturday for elbowing Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham as Peterborough's three-game winning run crashed to a halt with a 4-2 defeat at Ashton gate. Tomlin will begin a three-match ban with Danny Swanson the man most likely to replace him in the starting line up against the Tykes, who sacked manager Keith Hill at the weekend after losing 3-1 at home to Blackburn. The only change to the Posh side against Bristol City saw Grant McCann replace George Thorne in midfield after the teenager was recalled from his loan spell by parent club West Brom on Friday.
Managerless Barnsley will be without on-loan striker Marcus Tudgay due to a suspected broken collarbone. Tudgay, on loan from Nottingham Forest, was stretchered off late on in Saturday's home defeat to Blackburn, which signalled the departure of manager Keith Hill after the Tykes slipped to the bottom of the table. Marlon Harewood is expected to partner Craig Davies up front in Tudgay's absence as on-loan Emile Sinclair, who returned to the substitutes' bench against Blackburn following a dead-leg, is unlikely to play against his parent club. Teenager Reuben Noble-Lazarus is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after an ankle injury, but midfielders Jacob Mellis (dead-leg) and Akos Buzsaky (hamstring), plus defender Martin Cranie (ankle) are expected to miss out again. Midfielder David Perkins is hoping to continue after recovering from a hamstring problem as Barnsley, who have asked assistant boss David Flitcroft to take charge of the side, chase only their second win in 15 matches.
Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley
Sheffield Wednesday pair Jay Bothroyd and Jose Semedo remain doubtful but manager Dave Jones could name an unchanged line-up. Striker Bothroyd has missed the last six games due to an ankle injury while midfielder Semedo has been sidelined with a badly-cut knee. Wednesday extended their unbeaten run to four matches with their goalless derby draw at Huddersfield on Saturday. After a fourth straight clean sheet, Jones is unlikely to make any changes to his back four of Lewis Buxton, Anthony Gardner, Miguel Llera and Reda Johnson. Jeremy Helan is available despite receiving two yellow cards at Huddersfield. The on-loan Manchester City midfielder was shown a second yellow card midway through the first half but referee Mick Russell did not realise he had booked the same player for diving earlier in the game.
Top scorer Charlie Austin is a major doubt for Burnley's trip to Sheffield Wednesday. Austin was struggling to make Saturday's 1-0 loss to Leicester due to a gluteal problem but started the match only to break down after seven minutes. Martin Paterson came on for the 23-goal striker but Sam Vokes could also push to start if Austin misses out, having featured for the last half-hour against the Foxes as Paterson reverted to a wide role. Junior Stanislas is hoping to contest a place on the wing if he can shake off a hamstring problem but defender Ben Mee remains sidelined.
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