MAY 2: CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NEWS

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IT’S the final day of the Championships season and there are still some issues to be settled.

Watford will clinch the title if they beat Sheffield Wednesday at home but could still be pipped by Bournemouth.

Middlesbrough and Norwich have clinched play-off places but Ipswich and Derby still have work to do with Brentford and Wolves hoping to take advantage of any slip-ups. Here’s all the latest team news and remember games kick off at 12.15pm.

Blackburn v Ipswich

Outgoing midfielder David Dunn will play some part for Blackburn. The 35-year-old has announced he will be leaving the club this summer and will get a chance to bid farewell.
Noel Hunt returns to the Ipswich squad after recovering from knee ligament damage quicker than expected, but Luke Varney is ineligible to face his parent club.
Last season: Blackburn 2 Ipswich 0, Ipswich 3 Blackburn 1.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

Blackpool v Huddersfield

Bottom-of-the-table Blackpool will bid to avoid a historically low points total. Tom Aldred (hamstring), Joe Lewis (ankle), Mark Waddington (foot) and Grant Hall (ankle) are out, while Gary Madine and Tom Barkhuizen are doubtful.
Huddersfield could be without midfielder Jonathan Hogg, who is struggling with a knee injury, but on-loan Manchester United defender Reece James (groin) is expected to return to contention.
Last season: Blackpool 1 Huddersfield 0, Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1.
Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Bolton v Birmingham

Dorian Dervite will miss Bolton’s final game through suspension. Loanees Adam Le Fondre and Barry Bannan are set to make their final appearances and boss Neil Lennon is still without nine first-team players.
Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is set to continue to experiment with his line-up. Striker Matt Green may be involved as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.
Last season: Bolton 2 Birmingham 2, Birmingham 1 Bolton 2.
Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Brentford v Wigan

Brentford midfielder Alex Pritchard (calf) has trained all week without any problems but Scott Hogan is a long-term absentee after suffering another serious knee injury and fellow striker Chris Long will miss out with a gashed leg.
Already relegated Wigan will bid farewell to the Championship without suspended pair James McClean and Martyn Waghorn. Grant Holt (knee) and Emyr Huws (ankle) remain long-term absentees.
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Charlton v Bournemouth

Charlton teenager Joe Gomez returns to the back four and midfielder Alou Diarra is also in line for a recall, but Johnnie Jackson (leg), Callum Harriott (ankle) and Franck Moussa (knee) miss out again.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will have to decide whether to stick with his jubilant XI or recall right-back Simon Francis as they look for a shock title win. Yann Kermogant will start against his former club.
Last season: Charlton 1 Bournemouth 0, Bournemouth 2 Charlton 1.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Derby v Reading

Derby will have a largely unchanged squad when they look to secure a play-off spot. Defenders Jake Buxton (back) and Zak Whitbread (hamstring), plus midfielders Craig Bryson (thigh) and George Thorne (thigh) are hoping to be in contention.
Reading midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and strikers Pavel Pogrebnyak and Jamie Mackie all picked up knocks in Tuesday’s defeat at Rotherham and are doubtful.
Last season: Reading 0 Derby 0, Derby 1 Reading 3.
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Leeds v Rotherham

Winger Aidy White could make his first appearance of the season following an ankle injury, but Lewis Cook (ankle), Giuseppe Bellusci (hamstring), Tomasso Bianchi (knee) and Edgar Cani (knock) are still out.
Rotherham defender Kirk Broadfoot is doubtful, while Frazer Richardson (calf) misses out against his former club. Loanees Jack Hunt, Emi Martinez, Daniel Lafferty and Adam Hammill are all poised to make farewell appearances.
Referee: Andy D’Urso (Essex).

Middlesbrough v Brighton

Middlesbrough will be without suspended defender George Friend and striker Patrick Bamford is a doubt as he struggles to overcome an ankle injury which has been troubling him for several weeks.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton will be forced into at least one change as on-loan Boro winger Mustapha Carayol is ineligible to face his parent club. Joao Teixeira Sam Baldock, Andrew Crofts, Kemy Agustien and Solly March are all still sidelined.
Last season: Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 2, Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1.
Last five league matches: Middlesbrough L W W W L; Brighton L L D L L
Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Norwich v Fulham

Norwich will be without suspended striker Lewis Grabban but Steven Whittaker (hamstring) and Alex Tettey (knee) should be back in contention, while other changes may be made with the play-offs in mind.
Fulham are set to be without skipper Scott Parker (ankle) and full-back James Husband will be assessed after a hamstring strain. Kostas Stafylidis is fit again following a back injury.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Nottm Forest v Cardiff

Nottingham Forest hope Gary Gardner will recover from injury in time to make his final appearance before returning to parent club Aston Villa. Andy Reid (groin), Chris Cohen (knee), Britt Assombalonga (knee) and Matty Fryatt (Achilles) are still out.
Cardiff will assess Joe Ralls before naming their starting line-up. Ben Turner could make his first appearance since January and Scott Malone will be monitored so Fabio is on standby.
Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside).

Watford v Sheff Wed

Watford will be without Lloyd Doyley (neck) fellow defender Joel Ekstrand and midfielder Sean Murray (both knee), while Adlene Guedioura has returned to parent club Crystal Palace.
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray will select his starting XI from an unchanged squad. Skipper Glenn Loovens (hamstring), fellow defender Kamil Zayatte (fractured cheekbone) and midfielder Filipe Melo (foot) remain sidelined.
Last season: Sheff Wed 1 Watford 4, Watford 0 Sheff Wed 1.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Wolves v Millwall

Tomasz Kuszczak is set to continue in goal for Wolves as Carl Ikeme is still struggling with a knee injury. Wolves need to win and hope Derby and Brentford lose to guarantee them a spot in the play-offs.
Relegated Millwall welcome back Ed Upson from suspension. Midfielder Shaun Williams is out with a foot injury, full-back Shaun Cummings has a groin problem and winger Carlos Edwards is recovering from cruciate ligament damage.
Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire).

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  1. Jonnyric 2 years ago

    Great info all in one place , thanks

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