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Midweek Championship preview

Midweek Championship preview

All 24 teams are involved in the NPower Championship on either Tuesday or Wednesday night and Footyblog.net takes a look at the matches of the week.

Tuesday night

Burnley v Watford 19:45

Burnley fell off the top of the table on Saturday following a 2-1 away defeat to Huddersfield and will be looking to bounce back against under performing Watford, who have failed to win in six.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola is coming under pressure after a string of poor results.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola is coming under pressure after a string of poor results.

Saturday’s shock 3-0 home defeat by then bottom of the table Yeovil has made it three defeats in five, seeing Watford drop down to 10th and putting manager Gianfranco Zola under a little bit of pressure.

Burnley striker Danny Ings is a slight injury doubt with a hamstring problem but Michael Duff is suspended and will miss out at the back. If Ings misses out, it will be a big miss for Burnley, who will have to rely on Sam Vokes for goals.

The Clarets are not likely to risk Dean Marney (thigh) and winger Ross Wallace (knee) is still out.

Watford trio Josh McEachran, Manuel Almunia and Gabriele Angella are all fitness doubts but may have to be risked.

Gianfranco Zola’s squad is already under a lot of pressure as Lloyd Doyley, Essaid Belkalem, Ikechi Anya, Tommie Hoban and Almen Abdi are all definitely out.

Watford have had a tepid time at Turf Moor in recent years, having not won in their last seven visits. They have also not kept a clean sheet at Burnley in their last 16 visits, conceding 38 goals.

Footyblog.net score prediction: Burnley 2-1 Watford

 

Sheff Wed v Leicester 19:45

Sheffield Wednesday sacked manager Dave Jones following Saturday’s defeat by Blackpool, a defeat which leaves them level on points with bottom of the table Barnsley and already six points adrift.

On the other hand, Leicester moved to the top of the table following Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Millwall and will be looking for their third win on the bounce.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker-manager Stuart Gray will be without defender Lewis Buxton (groin) for his first game in charge of the Owls. They are also without Matty Fryatt, whose loan spell has ended.

Championship leaders Leicester have no fresh injury problems.

Centre-half Sean St Ledger (groin) and young striker Tom Hopper (shin) are the only absentees for the Foxes but on-loan Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel, central midfielder Matty James and winger Anthony Knockaert are all available for the game.

The game sees two teams with contrasting form take each other on. Leicester have won six of their last seven in all competitions whilst Wednesday have lost their last three.

The Owls have alternated between victory and defeat in their last seven league meetings with Leicester. Sheffield Wednesday won the most recent clash.

Footyblog.net score prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Leicester

Yeovil v Blackpool 19:45

Yeovil moved off the bottom of the table on Saturday following a shock 3-0 away win at Watford and find themselves in 22nd place, still five points behind Millwall in 21st and ending a three match losing streak!

Blackpool on the other hand are flying high in fourth place, now four points off second place Burnley following their 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday which ended a run of two matches without a win.

Yeovil’s Liam Davis is almost certain to remain at left-back as Jamie McAllister is still out with a shoulder problem.

Deadline day loan signings John Lundstram, Ishmael Miller and Adam Morgan who all made impacts at Watford could all make their home debuts.

Blackpool full-back Jack Robinson could return after missing all of November through suspension and Barry Ferguson may feature following an ankle injury but the match comes too soon for Craig Cathcart, whose return is still a week away.

This is the first meeting between the sides since the 2007 League One play off final in which Blackpool won 2-0 and this is only their fith meeting in regular league competition, in which Blackpool are unbeaten (winning 2, drawing 2).

Footyblog.net score prediction: Yeovil 1-1 Blackpool

Wednesday night

Leeds v Wigan 19:45

Wigan go into the game without a manager following the sacking of Owen Coyle following Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Derby, their third home defeat in a row. Wigan have found it tough to balance Championship and Europa League football following their relegation from the Premier League in May and find themselves in 14th place.

First team coach and former manager Graham Barrow and Assistant Manager Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team for the visit to Leeds United on Wednesday night.

Leeds have had a promising start to the season and despite Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Blackburn, find themselves in 8th place just two points off the play-off spots. The defeat put an end to a three match winning run which had seen Leeds climb up the table.

Leeds have no new injury concerns but defender Adam Drury formerly of Norwich, who returned to the development squad recently, will miss out as he continues his recovery from injury.

Wigan may recall the likes of Grant Holt, Scott Carson and Ryan Shotton following the poor run of form, as they look to turn things around.

Footyblog.net score prediction: Leeds 2-2 Wigan

Full list of fixtures

  • Birmingham v Doncaster 19:45
  • Brighton v Barnsley 19:45
  • Burnley v Watford 19:45
  • Ipswich v Blackburn 19:45
  • Millwall v Nottm Forest 19:45
  • QPR v Bournemouth 19:45
  • Sheff Wed v Leicester 19:45
  • Yeovil v Blackpool 19:45
  • Bolton v Huddersfield 20:00
  • Reading v Charlton 20:00
  • (Weds) Derby v Middlesbrough 19:45
  • (Weds) Leeds v Wigan 19:45

 

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My name is Edward Seaman and I am a trainee Journalist and an undergraduate student at the University of Lincoln. Massive Norwich City fan and season ticket holder in the River End. I am a keen writer in a number of fields, including sports, current affairs and travelling. Dreaming of making it as a hack in the real world.