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All the stats: Posh looking for Blades revenge

Peterborough will be looking to avenge a 6-2 hammering at Bramall Lane when they take on Sheffield United on Saturday - here's all the statistics from the Championship this weekend.
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Saturday, January 29

Barnsley (24) v Bournemouth (3)

Barnsley boss Poya Asbaghi could again be absent from the touchline after missing the midweek defeat at Nottingham Forest with Covid-19 symptoms. Carlton Morris tested positive for Covid ahead of the Forest match while Cauley Woodrow (knee) is a long-term absentee. Liam Kitching could also miss out with concussion.

Bournemouth are likely to be without Ethan Laird, who has not played for the club since his loan move from Manchester United. Jordan Zemura could be included for the first time since returning from international duty with Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Last season: Bournemouth 2 Barnsley 3, Barnsley 0 Bournemouth 4

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Cauley Woodrow and Carlton Morris (Barnsley) 4; Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) 19

Match odds: H 9-2 D 5-2 A 4-6

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)


Fulham (1) v Blackpool (14)

Fulham could continue to be without top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic and Harry Wilson after both missed the trip to Stoke due to illness. Ivan Cavaleiro continues his recovery from a groin injury while Terence Kongolo is also expected to miss out through injury.

Blackpool could give Charlie Kirk his debut at Craven Cottage following a loan move from Charlton. Luke Garbutt will miss out, however, as the left-back is set for another spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury at home to Millwall.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Fulham L W W W W; Blackpool W L L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) 27; Jake Beesley (Blackpool) 12

Match odds: H 3-10 D 4-1 A 17-2

Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)


Hull (19) v Swansea (17)

New head coach Shota Arveladze takes charge of Hull for the first time after new owner Acun Ilicali sacked Grant McCann this week. Former Ajax and Rangers striker Arveladze was swiftly appointed on a two-and-a-half-year deal, having last managed Pakhtakor Tashkent in Uzbekistan in 2010. Regan Slater, a member of McCann’s League One-winning team, became the first signing of the Ilicali era this week when he joined from Sheffield United.

Flynn Downes is suspended for Swansea’s trip to the MKM Stadium. The 23-year-old is serving a one-match ban after collecting two bookings and being sent off in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at QPR. Fellow midfielder Olivier Ntcham is available after a thigh complaint, which saw him withdrawn at Preston last weekend and miss the trip to west London. Swans boss Russell Martin says he has a “fully fit squad to choose from”, with Downes the only absentee.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull) 6; Joel Piroe (Swansea) 13

Match odds: H 8-5 D 21-10 A 9-5

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire)


Luton (10) v Blackburn (2)

Nathan Jones is expected to rotate his Luton squad again having made six changes in the midweek win over Bristol City. Allan Campbell and Fred Onyedinma are expected to be recalled, while Reece Burke is available again after suspension. Sonny Bradley and Jordan Clark both missed the Bristol City match through injury, as Glen Rea and Tom Lockyer marked their return from long spells on the sidelines.

Blackburn have midfielder Joe Rothwell back in contention following a back problem. Dilan Markanday has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign after having surgery on a hamstring injury. Harry Pickering and Tyrhys Dolan (both hamstring) remain out three more weeks, while top scorer Ben Brereton Diaz is away on international duty with Chile.

Last season: Blackburn 1 Luton 0, Luton 1 Blackburn 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Elijah Adebayo (Luton) 12; Ben Brereton Diaz (Blackburn) 20

Match odds: H 7-5 D 21-10 A 2-1

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).


Middlesbrough (8) v Coventry (9)

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder could make changes in response to Monday night’s defeat at Blackburn. Duncan Watmore will hope for a start, with Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun also pushing for inclusion. Riley McGree and James Lea Siliki are still away on international duty with Australia and Cameroon respectively, while Marc Bola and Marcus Browne continue to work their way back from injury.

Coventry boss Mark Robins has a squad still depleted by injury and illness. Todd Kane (knee) is hopeful of returning after missing the victory over Stoke, while Ian Maatsen (hamstring) is working his way back. Josh Eccles came off late in the midweek win with a cut knee and cramp but is expected to be fit, while Callum O’Hare is nursing a dead leg. Liam Kelly, Matt Godden, Fankaty Dabo and Jodi Jones remain on the sidelines.

Last season: Coventry 1 Middlesbrough 2, Middlesbrough 2 Coventry 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Andraz Sporar and Matt Crooks (Middlesbrough) 6; Viktor Gyokeres and Matt Godden (Coventry) 10

Match odds: H 21-20 D 9-4 A 13-5

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Lancashire)


Millwall (15) v West Brom (5)

Millwall will assess Alex Pearce, Jed Wallace and George Saville. Captain Pearce has returned to training after missing the Lions’ last two games, while Wallace and Saville have recently been sidelined by quad and back issues respectively. Manager Gary Rowett remains without a handful of first-team players. Tom Bradshaw (knee) and Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo (ankle) were injured in the defeat to Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago, while Daniel Ballard (knee) and Ryan Leonard (ankle) are still unavailable.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will once again be absent for West Brom due to an internal issue. The England international was left out of the Baggies’ squad for the midweek loss to Preston after completing a three-game suspension and manager Valerien Ismael has confirmed he will not be involved at The Den, meaning David Button is expected to continue in goal. Striker Daryl Dike is out due to the hamstring injury he suffered on his full debut against Peterborough last weekend. Dara O’Shea has stepped up his recovery from a broken ankle but is not yet ready to return to first-team action.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Millwall L W L L L; West Brom L D L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) 7; Karlan Ahearne-Grant (West Brom) 10

Match odds: H 13-5 D 9-4 A 21-20

Referee: Josh Smith (Lincolnshire)


Peterborough (22) v Sheff Utd (12)

Callum Morton could make his full debut for Peterborough. The West Brom loanee came off the bench as Posh were pegged back by two late goals to draw 2-2 at Birmingham on Tuesday. Ronnie Edwards missed the draw with a head injury but could be in line to make a return to the squad. David Cornell (back) remains sidelined as Peterborough go in search of the win which could see them move out of the relegation zone.

Sheffield United have new signing Adam Davies available for the first time after he joined from Stoke. The 29-year-old goalkeeper is not expected to come straight into the Blades side, however, with Wes Foderingham impressing between the posts. Oli McBurnie will be pushing for a start after a brief cameo appearance in the 2-0 win over Luton following his recovery from injury and coronavirus. George Baldock and John Fleck were unused substitutes in the victory as they step up their own comebacks.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Peterborough W L L L D; Sheff Utd W W L D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Jonson Clarke-Harris and Siriki Dembele (Peterborough) 5; Billy Sharp (Sheff Utd) 8

Match odds: H 29-10 D 12-5 A 10-11

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)


Preston (13) v Bristol City (16)

Preston are assessing Republic of Ireland forward Sean Maguire after he sustained an ankle injury. It remains to be seen if there is any involvement for defender Josh Earl, who was not in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s 2-0 win at West Brom but has returned to training following an ankle problem of his own. Tom Barkhuizen is sidelined by a calf issue, Daniel Johnson is unavailable due to international duty with Jamaica and Josh Harrop has joined Fleetwood on loan.

Former Norwich defender Timm Klose could make his Bristol City debut after signing on a deal until the end of the season. The game looks to be too soon for Matty James (foot) to feature. Andy King and Rob Atkinson are out with hamstring and back injuries respectively, along with George Tanner and Nathan Baker.

Last season: Bristol City 2 Preston 0, Preston 1 Bristol City 0

Last five league matches: Preston North End W D D L W; Bristol City L W L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Emil Jakobsen (Preston) 14; Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) 14

Match odds: H 10-11 D 11-5 A 17-5

Referee:, John Busby (Oxfordshire)


QPR (4) v Reading (21)

QPR will have loan signing Dion Sanderson available following his move from Wolves. Ilias Chair and Seny Dieng remain away at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Andre Gray is on international duty with Jamaica. Stefan Johansen, Luke Amos, Moses Odubajo and Charlie Austin all returned to the starting XI for the midweek goalless draw against Swansea.

New arrival Karl Hein could go straight into the Reading squad after the goalkeeper joined on loan from Arsenal. Fit-again Junior Hoilett could also feature having come off the bench in last weekend’s defeat to Huddersfield, while Ovie Ejaria (groin), Tom McIntyre (foot), Yakou Meite (knee), Scott Dann (calf) and Felipe Araruna (knee) all continue their own recovery.

Last season: Reading 1 QPR 1, QPR 0 Reading 1

Last five league matches: QPR W W W W D; Reading D L L L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Lyndon Dykes (QPR) 7; John Swift (Reading) 8

Match odds: H 8-15 D 3-1 A 5-1

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)


Sunday, January 30

Cardiff (20) v Nottm Forest (7)

Cardiff will be without Kieffer Moore again. The Wales striker, who has been linked with a January move to Bournemouth, has sat out the last four games and not played since December 30. Manager Steve Morison says an ankle injection has prevented Moore’s return to full-time training and James Collins is set to lead the Bluebirds’ attack. Loan signing Tommy Doyle will make his home debut after the Manchester City midfielder’s impressive bow at Bristol City last weekend.

Forest are still without Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley due to knee injuries. Reds boss Steve Cooper hopes Mighten will rejoin training with his first-team squad next week, while Lolley is a little further behind in his rehabilitation. Braian Ojeda and Mohamed Drager are away on international duty and there will be much focus on Brennan Johnson. The Wales winger has scored four goals in his last seven Championship appearances and Forest are determined to retain his services despite strong interest from Premier League club Brentford.

Last season: Cardiff 0 Nottm Forest 1, Nottm Forest 0 Cardiff 2

Last five league matches: Cardiff D L D L L; Nottm Forest L L W W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Max Watters (Cardiff) 7; Lewis Grabban (Nottm Forest) 13

Match odds: H 17-10 D 11-5 A 8-5

Referee:, David Webb (County Durham).


Derby (23) v Birmingham (18)

Derby will be without midfielder Ravel Morrison after he was shown a red card in stoppage time of the 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Poland international Krystian Bielik (knee) could be back in contention for the first time in just under a year following his ACL injury, having featured for the Rams’ under-23s last week. Teenage defender Dylan Williams has joined Chelsea in a permanent move, while Jordan Brown has signed for League Two club Leyton Orient.

Birmingham could hand debuts to new signings Lyle Taylor and Juninho Bacuna. Striker Taylor has joined on loan from Forest for the remainder of the season, while Dutch midfielder Bacuna joins on a three-and-a-half-year deal after moving from Scottish Premiership champions Rangers for an undisclosed fee. Midfielder Gary Gardner is pressing for a start after coming off the bench to score a late goal as Blues fought back to draw 2-2 against Peterborough on Tuesday night. Troy Deeney (hip), Marcel Oakley (ankle), Ivan Sanchez (leg) and Adan George (ACL) continue their recovery, while veteran defender Harlee Dean has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a loan.

Last season: Derby 1 Birmingham 2, Birmingham 0 Derby 4

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Tom Lawrence (Derby) 8; Scott Hogan (Birmingham) 9

Match odds: H 13-10 D 21-10 A 11-5

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire).