11th August 2017 at 4:21 pm #115561
Hull City v Burton Albion
Hull City will involve new signing Seb Larsson from the bench, after the former Sunderland midfielder joined on a one-year deal this week.
Midfielder Kevin Stewart could feature if he can overcome an ankle injury.
Stephen Bywater, Jake Buxton, Stephen Warnock, Marvin Sordell, Jackson Irvine and Luke Murphy are set to return after missing Burton’s EFL Cup win at Oldham.
Luke Varney is pushing to start after scoring against the Latics, while Lloyd Dyer (thigh) will be assessed.
This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between these two clubs.
Burton will be the 116th different side that Hull City have faced in the league, whereas Hull will be the 78th different side Burton have faced.
Nigel Clough has lost six of his seven meetings against Hull, the exception being a 1-0 win as Derby manager at the KC Stadium in January 2012.
Burton have conceded just three goals in their last seven away league games, recording four clean sheets in the process (W2 D4 L1).
Hull are unbeaten in 14 home league games in the second tier, winning nine and drawing five.
No Championship player created more goalscoring chances last Saturday than Hull’s Kamil Grosicki (5).
11th August 2017 at 4:22 pm #115563
Barnsley v Ipswich
New Barnsley signing Matty Pearson could make his league bow after joining from Accrington earlier this month.
The Tykes otherwise have no new injury problems, though Ryan Hedges is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to score in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
Ipswich will be without defender Adam Webster, who will be out for around a month with an ankle injury.
Grant Ward (calf) faces a fitness test while defenders Jordan Spence and Tommy Smith should be available.
Barnsley have lost just one of their last six home league games against Ipswich, although four of those encounters have ended in a draw (W1).
The Tractor Boys have scored in each of their last 15 Championship matches against the Tykes and are unbeaten in their last nine (W3 D6).
Mick McCarthy, who played over 200 league games for Barnsley between 1977 and 1983, hasn’t lost any of his last seven league encounters against the Tykes (W2 D5).
Barnsley have won just once in their last 15 Championship games (D6 L8), beating Blackburn 2-0 in April.
Ipswich haven’t won their opening two league games of a season since the 2002-03 campaign when George Burley was in charge.
Grant Ward scored a hat-trick versus Barnsley in August 2016; his first career hat-trick in league competition.
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11th August 2017 at 4:23 pm #115564
Brentford v Nottm Forest
Brentford are waiting to see if winger Sergi Canos (ankle) is fit to play.
Dan Bentley, John Egan, Josh McEachran, Ryan Woods, Lasse Vibe and Jota are set to return after being rested in the EFL Cup win over AFC Wimbledon.
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton, a former Bees manager, has no new injury concerns but Matty Cash and Jamie Ward still out.
The Reds made 11 changes for the cup win over Shrewsbury and could revert to the team that beat Millwall.
Forest boss Mark Warburton told BBC Radio Nottingham:
“Brentford are a very talented squad and will give us a different kind of game to the last league game against Millwall but we are looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s a tremendous old football ground. There is a great atmosphere, a good playing surface and a good team. I am very much looking forward to going back, seeing some old friends and hopefully delivering a good performance.
“I was there a long time. I had tremendous backing and support from the board. We saw the squad build and develop and I have very fond memories.”
Brentford have won each of their last four league games against Nottingham Forest, their longest ever winning streak against Forest.
Indeed, Forest haven’t beaten the Bees since April 2007, losing five of the last six clashes (D1).
This is Forest’s boss Mark Warburton’s first visit to Griffin Park as a manager since he left Brentford in 2015; in 37 league matches there as Bees boss, he won 25 games (68%).
Barrie McKay has scored three goals in his last five league appearances (two for Rangers, one for Nottingham Forest) – two of these have been the winning goal.
The Bees are unbeaten in their last four opening home league games of the season, winning two and drawing two.
Forest are looking to win three consecutive league games for the first time since December 2016.
11th August 2017 at 4:24 pm #115565
Cardiff City v Aston Villa
Cardiff City are expected to make several changes to the line-up for their home game against Aston Villa.
Neil Etheridge, Lee Peltier, Sol Bamba and Kenneth Zohore are all set to return after missing the Bluebirds’ EFL Cup victory over Portsmouth.
Villa could give a first league start to England Under-20 midfielder Josh Onomah, on loan from Tottenham.
John Terry, Sam Johnstone, Glenn Whelan and Gabriel Agbonlahor could all return after being rested in midweek.
Cardiff have lost just two of their last 13 home league games against Villa (W8 D3), keeping clean sheets on eight occasions including each of the last two.
Aston Villa have won seven of the last 10 league encounters with the Bluebirds (D1 L2), although they lost on their last visit to Cardiff.
Steve Bruce has won nine of his 11 previous managerial meetings with Neil Warnock, but his only defeat came in their most recent game, with Villa losing 1-0 to Cardiff in January.
Kenneth Zohore has scored 12 Championship goals in 2017 – only Chris Wood (17), Yann Kermorgant and Lasse Vibe (both 13) have scored more.
Neil Warnock has won only two of his managerial clashes against Aston Villa in all competitions (W2 D4 L5).
Only Ipswich (16) have drawn more games in the Championship since the start of last season than Aston Villa (15).
11th August 2017 at 4:26 pm #115566
Derby v Wolves
Striker Matej Vydra (hamstring) is a doubt for Derby after he missed the abandoned EFL Cup tie at Grimsby.
Jamie Hanson (calf), and Max Lowe (abdomen), George Thorne (hamstring), Jason Shackell (back) are all out, but midfielder Thorne and defender Shackell have both returned to training.
Wolves midfielder Ivan Cavaleiro could return for the first time since being sent off at Pride Park in April.
Helder Costa (ankle) and Ben Marshall (hip) are still on the sidelines.
Derby County manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
“We know we cannot win every game at home but we want to be pushing to win every game at home and we know the onus is on us a bit more.
“Wolves are a good side. I watched them against Middlesbrough. At times they are very unpredictable with the way play a 5:3:2 or 5:2:3 with lots of movement and lots of possession.
“They have a very continental look to their team and have spent a lot of money but we have good players too. We can’t worry about the opposition.”
Derby have won each of their last three home league games against Wolves, racking up 12 goals at an average of four per game, with eight of those coming in the first half.
Last season Wolves lost both league games against Derby for the first time since 1992-93 – they haven’t lost three games in a row against them since November 1991.
Chris Martin has scored more league goals than any other player in the previous three Championship seasons (43, including play-offs).
Wolves’ last four Championship wins have all come by a single goal to nil, including their opening day victory against Middlesbrough.
The Rams have lost only once in their last 18 league games at Pride Park (W11 D6 L1).
Wolves lost their last away game in the Championship – 1-3 versus Derby at Pride Park in April. However, they have netted in nine of their last 10 away league games.
11th August 2017 at 4:27 pm #115567
Birmingham v Bristol City
Birmingham will once again be without striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who continues his recovery from a calf injury.
Defender Cheick Keita has an ongoing groin problem, while veteran captain Paul Robinson may feature after being suspended for their season opener.
Bristol City defender Aden Flint is unlikely to take part after being the subject of three failed bids by Blues.
Sweden Under-21 winger Niclas Eliasson could make his debut, while forwards Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor are out.
Birmingham are unbeaten in their last 13 leagues games against Bristol City, winning 10, including each of the last three at St. Andrew’s.
Bristol City have scored just four goals in their last nine Championship games against Birmingham, failing to score on seven of those occasions.
Clayton Donaldson has scored four goals in his last five league starts against Bristol City, including a hat-trick for Blues in September 2015.
Birmingham forward Che Adams has netted in both of his Championship appearances against Bristol City, scoring both home and away in 2016-17.
Bristol City have won five of their last seven league matches, losing only once in this run, to Birmingham on the final day of 2016-17.
On opening weekend, Bristol City had 10 shots on target in the first 35 minutes against Barnsley (3-1 win and 11 shots on target in total) – no other Championship side mustered more than six.
11th August 2017 at 4:28 pm #115568
Leeds Utd v Preston
Leeds United welcome back defender Pontus Jansson after he missed the opening two games through suspension.
Full-back Gaetano Berardi (shoulder) is out while Samu Saiz will hope to retain his place after scoring a hat-trick in the EFL Cup win over Port Vale.
New signing Josh Harrop could make the Preston squad for the first time since joining from Manchester United.
Harrop has been made to wait to make his debut after picking up a calf injury in pre-season.
Leeds have won four of their last five league games against Preston (D1), including both matches last season; they’ve never won three successive league contests against Preston.
The Lilywhites have only won on one of their last eight league visits to Elland Road (D2 L5), coming from 4-1 down to beat Leeds in a 6-4 thriller in September 2010.
Kalvin Phillips (2) scored as many league goals versus Bolton last Sunday as he had in his previous 45 league apps for Leeds United.
Preston, who won on opening weekend versus Sheffield Wednesday, haven’t won their opening two league games of a league season since 2008-09.
Preston have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 Championship matches, however the most recent of those came in their season opener against Sheffield Wednesday (1-0).
Only Tom Cairney (8) has provided more assists in the Championship in 2017 than Leeds’ Pablo Hernandez (7).
11th August 2017 at 4:29 pm #115569
Millwall v Bolton
Millwall could be without forward Lee Gregory and defender Jake Cooper for the visit of Bolton Wanderers.
Gregory (hamstring) and Cooper (ankle) could be replaced by Fred Onyedinma and Tom Elliott, who featured in their 2-0 EFL Cup win against Stevenage.
Bolton boss Phil Parkinson could bring back some players who were rested for their win against Crewe on Wednesday.
Mark Howard, Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Adam Le Fondre and Gary Madine did not start against the Alex.
After winning 12 of their first 13 home league meetings with Bolton (D1), the Lions have only picked up one win in their last five (D1 L3).
Indeed, the Trotters have won on each of their last two visits to the Den, scoring three and conceding none.
In the second tier, Bolton have won just one of their last 14 league visits to London (D5 L8), but that victory came at the Den against Millwall in December 2014.
Indeed, the Trotters have registered just one win from their last 17 league games in the Championship (D3 L13).
Adam Armstrong has had a hand in three goals in two league games against Millwall, scoring two and assisting one.
Millwall haven’t lost back to back home league games since October, where they lost to Rochdale and Bolton.
11th August 2017 at 4:29 pm #115570
Reading v Fulham
Reading hope to have striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (ankle) available.
Captain Paul McShane has completed a three-game ban after his red card in their play-off semi-final last season.
Fulham are without goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli (hamstring), but midfielder Kevin McDonald is available having returned to training this week.
Tom Cairney, Tomas Kalas, David Button, Oliver Norwood and Stefan Johansen should start after being rested in Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup win over Wycombe.
Reading are unbeaten in their past four home league encounters with Fulham (W2 D2), their longest unbeaten run against the Cottagers.
Fulham have only lost one of their past five Championship contests against the Royals (W3 D1), although that loss came in their most recent encounter at the Madejski Stadium.
Reading have not lost their opening two league games of a season since 1998-99 whilst in the third tier.
Fulham have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine of their past 10 meetings with Reading in all competitions.
Since the start of last season, no Championship side has scored more league goals (excluding play-offs) than Fulham (86).
Since August 2016, Reading have received six red cards in the Championship (including play-offs) – only Nottingham Forest (9), Sheffield Wednesday (7) and Norwich (7) have seen red more often.
11th August 2017 at 4:31 pm #115571
Sheffield Wednesday v QPR
Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher is a doubt with a knock picked up in the EFL Cup win over Chesterfield.
Liam Palmer (Achilles) is back in training.
Defender Alex Baptiste could make his QPR debut, while Steven Caulker is in contention after playing 90 minutes in the 1-0 EFL Cup win over Northampton.
Striker Conor Washington is looking to add to the two goals he scored in a 2-0 opening day win over Reading.
Sheffield Wednesday have won each of their last two league contests against QPR in an unbeaten run of five games (W3 D2); they haven’t won three in a row since February 1981.
QPR have only won on one of their last eight league visits to Hillsborough (D2 L5), a 2-1 victory in November 2009.
Ian Holloway hasn’t ended up on the winning side in any of his last 12 league matches against the Owls (D4 L8) since a 3-1 win at Hillsborough on the last day of the 2003-04 season during his first spell as QPR boss.
The Hoops are winless in their last seven league visits to Yorkshire (D3 L4), since a 3-0 win at Rotherham in January 2016; similarly, manager Holloway hasn’t won any of his last 14 visits to Yorkshire in all competitions (D3 L11) since winning 3-2 away at Hull as Blackpool manager in October 2012.
The Owls haven’t lost three consecutive league games since May 2014.
Conor Washington has scored just nine league goals for QPR in 56 appearances, although seven have come in his last 19 games (all in 2017).
11th August 2017 at 4:32 pm #115572
Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
Middlesbrough should have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s first home game of the season.
Boro allowed Marten De Roon to join Atalanta, so there will be at least one change from their loss at Wolves.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is set to name the team that started the win over Brentford after making 11 changes for the EFL Cup win against Walsall.
Striker James Hanson (hamstring) is a doubt for the visitors.
Boro have lost just two of their last 16 league games against Sheffield United (W10 D4), with the North-East club on a current unbeaten run of three games (W2 D1).
The Blades have failed to score in each of their last two visits to the Riverside, however they’ve only conceded once in return.
Middlesbrough haven’t conceded more than once in any of their last 44 home second tier matches, keeping 27 clean sheets in that time. The last side to score more than once there were Sheffield United’s rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, who won 3-2 in August 2014.
Since the start of last season, Billy Sharp has scored more goals than any other player in the top four tiers of English football (31).
Sheffield United have won eight consecutive league matches for the first time since September 2005 under Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough have lost their last four league games, while they last suffered five consecutive defeats in February 2013.
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