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All the stats: Posh take on QPR in Championship

All the stats for the Championship this weekend, including the visit of QPR and Bournemouth's tricky home game with Huddersfield.
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Posh got their first away points at Hull on Wednesday.

Saturday, October 23

Peterborough (20) v QPR (5)

Peterborough will again be reliant on Siriki Dembele to lead the line with Posh light of options in attack. Jonson Clarke-Harris is set to serve the final match of his four-game suspension this weekend for historic offensive social media posts. Fellow forwards Jack Marriott (hamstring) and Ricky-Jade Jones (knee) are long-term absentees while Joel Randall (thigh) remains absent.

QPR will welcome back captain Stefan Johansen after he sat out Tuesday’s win over Blackburn while he served a one-match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards this season. Rs boss Mark Warburton is likely to recall the midfielder but also saw Luke Amos impress off the bench during the 1-0 triumph over Rovers. Lee Wallace (hamstring) and Sam Field (knee) are still unavailable.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Siriki Dembele (Peterborough) 3; Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair (QPR) 5

Match odds: H 21-10 D 23-10 A 13-10

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)


Bournemouth (1) v Huddersfield (6)

Bournemouth are set to still be without Adam Smith. The full-back looks likely to be out for another two weeks and has not played since before the international break. Philip Billing should be available to play after he was substituted during Tuesday’s win over Stoke, but Lewis Cook is not expected to be available for first-team selection for at least another week.

Huddersfield will be without Levi Colwill for the trip to the south coast. Chelsea loanee Colwill picked up a fifth yellow card against Birmingham and will be suspended for the upcoming match. Colwill could be replaced by Naby Sarr at the left of a back three. Ryan Schofield remains sidelined and is currently still restricted to gym work but a return to light training is expected next week.

Last season: Huddersfield 1 Bournemouth 2, Bournemouth 5 Huddersfield 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) 9; Matty Pearson and Danny Ward (Huddersfield) 3

Match odds: H 7-10 D 5-2 A 9-2

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire)


Birmingham (19) v Swansea (15)

Birmingham could be without Jeremie Bela again. Bela injured his ankle ahead of Wednesday’s goalless draw at Huddersfield to add to Birmingham’s problems in wide areas. Maxime Colin (Achilles) and Marcel Oakley (hamstring) were already sidelined and Jordan Graham replaced Bela in West Yorkshire to make his first Sky Bet Championship start for the Blues.

Defender Ryan Manning is back in the Swansea squad after missing the midweek win over West Brom. Manning sat out the game as the Swans continue to manage the injury that forced his return from Republic of Ireland duty, and Ben Cabango deputised against Albion. Flynn Downes will be assessed after coming off at half-time on Wednesday with a tight hamstring, but Olivier Ntcham and Liam Walsh provide midfield options.

Last season: Birmingham 1 Swansea 0, Swansea 0 Birmingham 0

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Scott Hogan (Birmingham) 3; Joel Piroe (Swansea) 8

Match odds: H 13-10 D 21-10 A 9-4

Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands)


Blackburn (13) v Reading (8)

Blackburn defender Harry Pickering is a doubt after playing just 45 minutes at QPR in midweek following his return from illness before a calf injury forced his withdrawal. Midfielder Lewis Travis sustained a dead leg in that match and his fitness will have to be assessed. On-loan Brighton midfielder Reda Khadra has missed the last two matches with illness but returned to training on Monday and could be involved.

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic looks set to make changes after saying his players “failed as a team” in the midweek defeat to Blackpool. Paunovic named an unchanged side for that game but that seems unlikely at Ewood Park after the second-half capitulation to the Seasiders. Yakou Meite (knee) and Lucas Joao (hip) are also long-term absentees so he has few options up front.

Last season: Reading 1 Blackburn 0, Blackburn 2 Reading 4

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Ben Brereton (Blackburn) 10; John Swift (Reading) 8

Match odds: H 10-11 D 23-10 A 16-5

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)


Blackpool (12) v Preston (18)

Dujon Sterling and Kevin Stewart could both come into contention for Blackpool after missing recent games due to illness and an ankle injury respectively. The Seasiders will assess the rest of the squad closer to kick-off but do not anticipate any fresh injury concerns.

There could also be good news for Preston in the wake of their hard-fought midweek win over Coventry. Sean Maguire and Ali McCann missed the game after picking up injuries on international duty but have returned to training and could feature. Matthew Olosunde is also nearing his return following an Achilles injury, but Ched Evans (foot) is expected to remain sidelined.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Shayne Lavery (Blackpool) 7; Emil Jakobsen (Preston North End) 9

Match odds: H 13-10 D 11-5 A 9-4

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)


Cardiff (21) v Middlesbrough (10)

Joe Ralls, Leandro Bacuna, Tom Sang, Sam Bowen and Joel Bagan are all having treatment for knocks, and Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy says some of them will not be fit. Skipper Sean Morrison must wait to see whether he reclaims his place after being dropped for the midweek loss at Fulham.

Middlesbrough will check on the fitness of forward Andraz Sporar after his first-half midweek goal against Barnsley. Sporar had a slight adductor problem while he was away on international duty with Slovenia recently, and was withdrawn at half-time on Wednesday as a precaution. Defensive quartet Dael Fry, Grant Hall, Marc Bola and Anfernee Dijksteel remain sidelined by injury.

Last season: Middlesbrough 1 Cardiff 1, Cardiff 1 Middlesbrough 1

Last five league matches: Cardiff L L L L L; Middlesbrough L W L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Matt Crooks (Middlesbrough) 3; Aden Flint (Cardiff) 4

Match odds: H 29-20 D 21-10 A 2-1

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)


Coventry (4) v Derby (24)

Coventry have Matty Godden available after a ban. The forward was given a two-match suspension for simulation in the 4-1 win over Fulham. Striker Viktor Gyokeres was still being troubled by an ankle issue in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Preston but is expected to recover.

Sam Baldock and Craig Forsyth continue to sit out for rock-bottom Derby. Striker Baldock suffered a broken nose against Preston earlier this month and a scan has shown a small problem which will keep him sidelined. Forsyth has been missing with illness since the start of the month and will not return against the Sky Blues.

Last season: Coventry 1 Derby 0, Derby 1 Coventry 1

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry) 9; Tom Lawrence and Curtis Davies (Derby) 2

Match odds: H 13-20 D 5-2 A 5-1

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)


Luton (9) v Hull (22)

Luton manager Nathan Jones will be without the suspended Kal Naismith. Naismith picked up his fifth booking of the season in the midweek draw at Derby and will serve a one-game ban. The yellow card was partly behind Jones’ decision to substitute both Naismith and Jordan Clark after just half an hour at Pride Park, with Fred Onyedinma and Admiral Muskwe coming on and the former scoring the away side’s first equaliser of the game.

Hull manager Grant McCann will be without the services of midfielder Tom Huddlestone for up to six weeks after he suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury in the home defeat to Peterborough in midweek. McCann will assess the fitness of goalkeeper Nathan Baxter before naming his squad.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Harry Cornick and Elijah Adebayo (Luton) 6; Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull) 3

Match odds: H 10-11 D 12-5 A 10-3

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire)


Millwall (11) v Stoke (7)

Millwall midfielder George Saville will miss out through suspension. Saville will serve a one-match ban for The Den showdown after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 victory at Sheffield United on Tuesday. Defender Murray Wallace faces a fitness test after missing the Blades win because of a foot issue sustained in the defeat by Luton on Saturday.

Stoke have suffered the hammer blow of losing influential midfielder Nick Powell for six to eight weeks. Powell broke his leg during a tackle in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth and faces up to two months on the sidelines. Midfielder Sam Clucas was also hurt against the Cherries and his quad injury will take 10 days to two weeks to heal.

Last season: Stoke 1 Millwall 2, Millwall 0 Stoke 0

Last five league matches: Millwall D W W L W; Stoke W D W L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Jed Wallace (Millwall) 5; Nick Powell (Stoke) 6

Match odds: H 6-4 D 11-5 A 15-8

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)


West Brom (3) v Bristol City (16)

West Brom are without Jake Livermore after he collected a fifth yellow card in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea and will serve a one-match suspension. Alex Mowatt missed the defeat with a foot injury and remains a doubt to face the Robins. Grady Diangana’s hamstring injury should clear up in time for him to be available on Saturday but Dara O’Shea (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Bristol City remain without a trio of players for their trip to The Hawthorns. Antoine Semenyo is still battling a knee injury and is not expected back for the Robins for at least two weeks. Andy King and Joe Williams are likely to be out for a number of weeks after being forced off against Bournemouth last Saturday.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: West Brom W W L W L; Bristol City D L W L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Karlan Ahearne-Grant (West Brom) 6; Chris Martin and Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) 4

Match odds: H 2-5 D 16-5 A 17-2

Referee: Josh Smith (Lincolnshire)


Sunday, October 24

Barnsley (23) v Sheff Utd (17)

Barnsley will check on the fitness of Carlton Morris and Josh Benson. Morris has been out since August with a knee injury but is nearing his return while Benson has missed the last four matches after suffering an injury in the warm-up against Nottingham Forest on September 29. Mads Andersen, Liam Kitching and Aapo Halme remain sidelined for the Tykes.

The Blades will be without Morgan Gibbs-White after his red card against Millwall. The 21-year-old midfielder, on loan from Wolves, will serve a one-match ban and that could open the door for striker Oli McBurnie to return to the starting line-up.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Barnsley L L L L L; Sheff Utd W L L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) 3; Billy Sharp (Sheff Utd) 5

Match odds: H 12-5 D 23-10 A 23-20

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)


Nottingham Forest (14) v Fulham (2)

Nottingham Forest forward Lyle Taylor will hope his midweek heroics are enough to earn him a start. The attacker scored twice after being summoned off the bench to secure a 2-1 win at Bristol City on Tuesday and boss Steve Cooper now has to decide if he plays the 31-year-old from the off. Arsenal loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu (hamstring) remains sidelined along with Loic Mbe Soh (thigh) and Rodrigo Ely (ankle).

Fulham will need to check on midfielder Harrison Reed after he was forced off against Cardiff with a calf injury. Reed was replaced by captain Tom Cairney, who marked his first appearance in 10 months with a goal and may start at the City Ground. Fabio Carvalho could be in contention too after manager Marco Silva revealed at the beginning of the week he had recovered from Covid-19 and was starting to fully get over the virus.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Nottingham Forest D W W W W; Fulham D W L W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) 5; Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) 13

Match odds: H 3-1 D 11-5 A 1-1

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)