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All the stats: Posh vs Coventry, and other Championship games

All the statistics for a weekend of Championship action, as Posh look to bag three points against Coventry
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Coventry beat Posh 3-0 when the sides met in September

Saturday, January 15


Peterborough (22) v Coventry (10)

Peterborough could give their two loan signings debuts. Striker Callum Morton has joined from West Brom while goalkeeper Steven Benda has moved from Swansea. Joel Randall has been struggling with a hamstring issue and could miss out against the Sky Blues. Jack Marriott and Ricky-Jade Jones are also ruled out and Dan Butler (ankle) is sidelined for the rest of the season.

Coventry boss Mark Robins has some selection issues, with a number of players returning. Centre-back Kyle McFadzean and midfielder Liam Kelly were due to return to training this week after completing a period of isolation. Ben Wilson has played in the last two games after first choice Simon Moore tested positive for Covid.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Siriki Dembele (Peterborough) 5; Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry) 9

Match odds: H 11-5 A 6-5 D 9-4

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)


Cardiff (20) v Blackburn (3)

Cardiff manager Steve Morison remains without the services of leading scorer Kieffer Moore. Moore missed the FA Cup tie against Preston after testing positive for Covid-19 and has not trained this week. Midfielder Joe Ralls was among the players rested against Preston but is available to return and right-back Cody Drameh could also feature after signing on loan from Leeds earlier this week.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray hopes to have a trio of players available. Ryan Nyambe sat out the FA Cup tie against Wigan, while Sam Gallagher and Darragh Lenihan were forced off with injuries in the 3-2 defeat. However, all three are set to return to the squad as Rovers bid to extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to 10 matches.

Last season: Cardiff 2 Blackburn 2, Blackburn 0 Cardiff 0

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

Top scorers: Kieffer Moore (Cardiff) 5; Ben Brereton (Blackburn) 20

Match odds: H 9-5 A 6-4 D 11-5

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Lancashire)


Derby (24) v Sheffield United (13)

Derby’s Colin Kazim-Richards could return to the bench. Kazim-Richards scored in three games as a substitute before being upgraded to the starting line-up for last week’s FA Cup defeat at Coventry. Nathan Byrne is expected to return after missing the Coventry loss with a hip injury, but Lee Buchanan (knee) and Krystian Bielik (ACL) are still out.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom will miss the game after testing positive for coronavirus but his personnel options have increased. Oli McBurnie is set to return after struggling to shrug off the effects of coronavirus, while Ben Davies is also back after an absence due to personal reasons. John Egan, Enda Stevens and Jack Robinson have all returned to training this week and are expected to be in contention.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Derby L W W W D; Sheffield United D W W W W

Top scorers: Tom Lawrence (Derby) 5; Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) 7

Match odds: H 12-5 A 6-5 D 21-10

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)


Fulham (2) v Bristol City (15)

Fulham manager Marco Silva will be without an unspecified number of players. Silva said he would have one more out than against Reading on Tuesday, but said the missing players were not injured. The club have had a number of players previously out due to coronavirus. The Cottagers will continue to be without Jean Michael Seri, who is on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ivan Cavaleiro is also expected to miss out again through injury.

Tyreeq Bakinson could return for Bristol City. Bakinson suffered from Covid, manager Nigel Pearson announced last week, but has taken part in training and could be in contention for the weekend. George Tanner will remain sidelined after being ruled out for two months, with Joe Williams (hamstring) also out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Fulham D D D L W; Bristol City W D L L W

Top scorers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) 24; Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) 12

Match odds: H 2-9 A 12- 1 D 5-1

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)


Huddersfield (6) v Swansea (17)

Huddersfield defender Levi Colwill is hoping to recover after missing last week’s FA Cup win at Burnley due to a minor knee injury. Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls will return to the starting line-up after recovering from a stomach virus, with Ryan Schofield ruled out due to a shoulder injury. Aaron Rowe could return to contention after injury and illness, while skipper Jonathan Hogg returned to action at Burnley after a knee problem.

Swansea’s new signings Andy Fisher and Cyrus Christie will go straight into Russell Martin’s squad. Goalkeeper Fisher has completed a permanent move from MK Dons and Christie has joined from Fulham on loan until the end of the season. Martin confirmed a couple of unnamed players were unavailable following last week’s home FA Cup defeat to Southampton, but did not specify if they were injuries or Covid-related.

Last season: Huddersfield 4 Swansea 1, Swansea 1 Huddersfield 2

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

Top scorers: Danny Ward (Huddersfield) 7; Joel Piroe (Swansea) 13

Match odds: H 17-10 A 13-8 D 21-10

Referee: David Webb (County Durham)


Luton (16) v Bournemouth (1)

Luton will continue to be without forward Admiral Muskwe, who is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Zimbabwe. Luton boss Nathan Jones will also be unable to call on Harry Cornick, who is out with a calf injury.

Bournemouth manager Scott Parker will assess new signings James Hill and Ethan Laird. Hill, who arrived on a permanent deal from Fleetwood, and Laird, who has joined on loan from Manchester United, are working their way back to full fitness. Adam Smith (knee) is out, and Junior Stanislas (hamstring) will not feature either. Jordan Zemura is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Zimbabwe.

Last season: Bournemouth 0 Luton 1, Luton 0 Bournemouth 0

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

Top scorers: Elijah Adebayo (Luton) 11; Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) 19

Match odds: H 19-10 A 11-8 D 23-10

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire)


Middlesbrough (7) v Reading (21)

Middlesbrough could hand a debut to on-loan Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun. England Under-21 international Balogun has joined for the remainder of the season, while Republic of Ireland forward Aaron Connolly could also feature for the first time following his loan switch from Brighton. Midfielder Caolan Boyd-Munce, a permanent transfer from Birmingham, will be hoping for another chance to impress after starting as one of several changes for last weekend’s 3-2 FA Cup third-round win at Mansfield.

Under-pressure Reading boss Veljko Paunovic will be looking for a response after his side were thrashed 7-0 at home by promotion-chasing Fulham on Tuesday night. Defender Scott Dann was forced off early on through injury and is doubtful, with midfielder Josh Laurent having dropped back to fill in at centre-half. Tyrell Ashcroft missed the Fulham game following a concussion suffered during the draw with Derby and the defender will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

Last season: Reading 0 Middlesbrough 2, Middlesbrough 0 Reading 0

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

Top scorers: Andraz Sporar (Middlesbrough) 6; John Swift (Reading) 8

Match odds: H 1-2 A 11- 2 D 3-1

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)


Millwall (11) v Nottingham Forest (9)

Millwall are assessing the fitness of Jed Wallace, who has not played since the 2-1 defeat at Peterborough on December 11 because of a thigh injury but he has resumed training and is pushing for a first-team return. Defender Daniel Ballard (knee) and midfielder Ryan Leonard (ankle) are also being monitored.

Canada defender Richie Laryea could make his Nottingham Forest debut after joining from MLS side Toronto FC. Striker Lewis Grabban is pushing hard for a start after stepping off the bench to score the only goal against Arsenal in last Sunday’s FA Cup triumph. Max Lowe (groin), Joe Lolley (knee), Loic Mbe Soh (thigh), Alex Mighten (knee), Rodrigo Ely (muscle) and Mohamed Drager (ankle) have been suffering from injury.

Last season: Nottingham Forest 3 Millwall 1, Millwall 1 Nottingham Forest 1

Last five league matches: Millwall L W L W L; Nottingham Forest W W W L L

Top scorers: Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) 7; Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) 11

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

Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)


Preston (14) v Birmingham (18)

Preston boss Ryan Lowe has revealed Izzy Brown is not expected to play again this season. The former Chelsea youngster ruptured his Achilles in the summer and is now likely to miss the rest of the campaign. Declan Rudd and loanee Josh Murphy remain out but Matthew Olosunde and Tom Barkhuizen hope to return.

Birmingham’s Troy Deeney is out for up to a month with a thigh injury but Onel Hernandez could feature having signed on loan from Norwich. Marc Roberts is back in training after a hamstring injury along with Lukas Jutkiewicz. Jeremie Bela is fit again following a thigh strain and Gary Gardner is available after shrugging off a swollen ankle.

Last season: Birmingham 0 Preston 1, Preston 1 Birmingham 2

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

Top scorers: Emil Jakobsen (Preston) 12; Scott Hogan (Birmingham) 6

Match odds: H 1-1 A 11- 4 D 9-4

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire)


QPR (5) v West Brom (4)

David Marshall is expected to make his debut for QPR. The Scotland goalkeeper this week moved to Loftus Road from Derby on a permanent contract until the end of the season. With first-choice stopper Seny Dieng away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, and Jordan Archer injured in the FA Cup win against Rotherham, Marshall is likely to start on Saturday. Ilias Chair (Morocco) and Ossie Kakay (Sierra Leone) are also at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Sam McCallum and Jordy De Wijs continue their rehabilitation from injury problems.

Matthew Clarke and Jayson Molumby will be back for West Brom. Both players had to sit out the FA Cup defeat to Brighton as they are on loan from the Premier League club. Cedric Kipre is suspended following his red card in the cup, while goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and midfielder Alex Mowatt are both still banned after they were sent off in the league draw with Cardiff. They will not be available again until the Baggies play Preston at the Hawthorns on January 26.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Lyndon Dykes (QPR) 7; Karlan Grant (West Brom) 9

Match odds: H 12-5 A 23-20 D 11-5

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)


Sunday, January 16

Hull (19) v Stoke (8)

Hull will be without Andy Cannon after the 25-year-old midfielder suffered ankle ligament damage in training and could face up to three weeks on the sidelines. Alfie Jones, Callum Elder, Lewie Coyle and Mallik Wilks are also on the injured list, with a possible return date next month.

Stoke will be without manager Michael O’Neill for the trip. O’Neill remains in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and assistant manager Dean Holden is hopeful that Steven Fletcher will be fit enough to make the journey. Mario Vrancic remains a doubt, while Jordan Thompson is nearing a return but the weekend’s clash is expected to come too soon.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull) 6; Nick Powell (Stoke) 6

Match odds: H 9-5 A 6-4 D 11-5

Referee: Josh Smith (Lincolnshire)