SkyBet Championship: Gameweek 6 Previews & Predictions

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Friday 18th September

19:45 Ipswich vs Birmingham

Team News

Ipswich;

  • Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears will be avaiable despite mid-week injuries.

  • Teddy Bishop and Kevin Bru are also back to full fitness following injuries.

  • Ryan Fraser is doubtful.

Birmingham;

  • Birmingham have a full squad available.

Stat Facts

  • Birmingham have failed to beat Ipswich in the last 5 meetings between the sides (2D 3L).

  • Ipswich have won 6 of the last 9 matches against Birmingham at Portman Road, drawing 1 and losing 2.

  • 16 of the previous 18 meetings between the clubs have been decided by 1 goal or less.

  • Ipswich won this fixture 4-2 last season.

  • Ipswich won 15 of their 23 home league games last season, losing just 3 times.

  • Ipswich have won 3 of their 4 home games in all competitions this season.

  • Ipswich have scored exactly 2 goals in every home game this season.

  • Birmingham are unbeaten on the road in all competitions this season (2W 1D).

  • Birmingham average 1.3 goals per away league game in 2015.

  • Birmingham have 3 league away wins from 13 in 2015 (5 draws, 5 losses).

Prediction: Ipswich 2-1 Birmingham

Saturday 19th September

12:30 Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough

Team News

Nottingham Forest;

  • Nelsion Oliveira, Ryan Mendes and Chris O’Grady are set to make their home debuts.

  • Jonny Williams is pushing for his club debut.

  • Britt Assombalonga continues to recover from a lengthy knee injury.

Middlesbrough;

  • Boro could have a clean bill of health with Ben Gibson potentially returning from a hamstring injury.

  • Albert Adomah will be pushing for a start following his goal vs Brentford.

Stat Facts

  • Forest and Middlesbrough have won 4 each in the previous 15 meetings between the clubs (7 draws).

  • Forest have won 4 of the last 6 games vs Middlesbrough at the City Ground.

  • Forest won this fixture 2-1 last season.

  • Forest have won 1 of their 3 home games in 2015/16 (2-1 vs Rotherham).

  • Forest have averaged 1.6 goals per Championship home game since Dougie Freedman took over as manager (1st February 2015).

  • Forest have conceded an average of 1.2 goals per game at the City Ground in 2015.

  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten away from home since April.

  • Middlesbrough average 1.1 goals per away league game in 2015.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Middlesbrough

15:00 Blackburn vs Charlton

Team News

Blackburn;

  • Tommy Spurr will miss out through concussion.

  • Jason Lowe and Chris Brown are also unavailable through injury.

  • Lee Williamson has overcome a back injury and is available.

Charlton;

  • Reza Ghoochannejhad is sidelined for this game.

  • Franck Moussa and Stephen Henderson are doubtful.

  • Guy Luzon ix expected to make changes from the team that played mid-week.

Stat Facts

  • Blackburn have won the last 4 games against Charlton.

  • Blackburn have won 3 of the previous 5 home games vs Charlton, losing the other 2.

  • Blackburn won this fixture 2-0 last season.

  • Blackburn are winless in 2015/16.

  • Blackburn average 1.5 goals per home game in 2015.

  • Blackburn have kept a clean sheet in just 16% of their 2015 home games.

  • Charlton haven’t won an away league game since 17th March (0-3 vs Blackpool).

  • Charlton average 1 goal per away league game in 2015.

  • Charlton have 1 win from the previous 6 games in the Championship.

Prediction: Blackburn 2-1 Charlton

15:00 Brentford vs Preston

Team News

Brentford;

  • Josh McEachran, Jota, Marcos Tebar, Scott Hogan and Andreas Bjelland complete Brentford’s lengthy injury list and are all unavailable for this match.

Preston;

  • Paul Gallagher will have to overcome a calf problem to start in this game.

  • Jermaine Beckford is sidelined after receiving knee surgery earlier this month.

  • Kyel Reid and Jordan Hugill have returned to fitness following ankle and knee injuries, respectively.

Stat Facts

  • Brentford have won 4 of the previous 5 games vs Preston (1 draw).

  • Brentford are winless at home in 2015/16 (3 games).

  • Brentford scored 2+ goals in 65% of their league home games last season.

  • Brentford only lost 5 of their 23 home games in the Championship last season.

  • Brentford concede an average of 2.3 goals per game in 2015/16.

  • Preston average 0.6 goals per game in 2015/16.

  • Preston have only scored one league goal on the road this season.

  • Preston have failed to win in their previous 5 Championship matches (2 points).

  • Preston have conceded 0.9 goals per game in 2015/16.

Prediction: Brentford 2-0 Preston

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15:00 Bristol City vs Reading

Team News

Bristol Ciy;

  • Frank Fielding remains out with a shoulder injury.

  • Nathan Baker is a doubt after his back injury in the week.

  • Wes Burns could return from injury to feature on the bench.

Reading;

  • Orlando Sa starts a 3 match ban after his straight red card vs Derby in the week.

  • Paolo Hurtado could feature in the XI for the first time since arriving at the club.

  • Anton Ferdinand and Michael Hector will battle it out for a starting spot at CB.

Stat Facts

  • Reading have won 4 of the previous 5 games vs Bristol City.

  • Bristol City are yet to win at home in 2015/16.

  • Bristol City have conceded an average of 2.6 goals per home game this season.

  • Bristol City have lost 4 of their 7 Championship games in 2015/16 (1W 2D).

  • Reading are 4 games unbeaten (in all competitions) on the road.

  • Both teams have scored in all 4 of Reading’s league away games this season.

  • Reading have conceded the least shots per game in 2015/16 Championship (7.6).

Prediction: Bristol City 1-3 Reading

15:00 Huddersfield vs Bolton

Team News

Huddersfield;

  • Jonathan Hogg remains doubtful with an ankle injury

  • Nahki Wells could make his return to the XI.

Bolton;

  • Zak Clough is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

  • Max Clayton, David Wheater and Liam Trotter are close to fitness and could feature in the squad.

Stat Facts

  • Bolton have won 3 of the previous 5 meetings at the John Smith’s Stadium.

  • Huddersfield won this fixture 2-1 last season.

  • 10 of the last 12 games between the sides have been decided by 1 goal or less.

  • Both sides have 1 win from 8 in 2015/16.

  • Huddersfield are yet to win at home this season.

  • Huddersfield have won only 3 of their 16 home games in 2015.

  • Huddersfield average 1.4 goals per league home game in 2015

  • Bolton have won just 2 of their 14 league away games in 2015.

  • Bolton haven’t scored away from home since April.

  • Bolton have lost 64% of their league away games in 2015.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-0 Bolton

15:00 Hull City vs QPR

Team News

Hull;

  • Robert Snodgrass remains sidelined through injury.

  • Chuba Akpom could return up front.

QPR;

  • Armand Traore is yet to recover from his injury.

  • Robert Green continues to serve a 3-match suspension.

  • Alejandro Faurlin could make his return to the XI.

Stat Facts

  • Hull are unbeaten in 5 playing against QPR.

  • Hull have a 100% home record in 2015/16.

  • Hull have conceded just 1 home goal in 2015/16 (0.25 per game).

  • Hull have scored 2 goals in every league home game this season.

  • QPR have won their previous 3 games (in all competitions) away from home.

  • QPR average 1 goal per away league game in 2015/16.

Prediction: Hull 2-1 QPR

15:00 MK Dons vs Leeds

Team News

MK Dons;

  • Randall, Potter and Cropper are all unavailable for this game with injuries.

  • Dale Jennings and Ben Reeves are doubtful.

Leeds;

  • Uwe Rosler again has a full team at his disposal.

  • Jordan Botaka could make his debut.

Stat Facts

  • Of the 4 meetings between the sides, Leeds have won 3.

  • MK Dons have scored 1 league home goal this season (0.3 per game).

  • MK Dons have just 2 goals from their previous 6 league games (0.3 per game).

  • Leeds are unbeaten away from home in 2015/16.

  • Leeds have drawn 5 of their 7 Championship games this season.

  • Leeds average 1.25 goals per away game in 2015/16.

Prediction: MK Dons 0-1 Leeds

15:00 Rotherham vs Cardiff

Team News

Rotherham;

  • Lee Frecklington will be sidelined through injury for this match.

  • Kirk Broadfoot serves the last game of his 10-match suspension.

Cardiff;

  • Craig Noone, Ben Turner and Federico Macheda are still recovering from injury and remain unavailable.

  • Bruno Ecuele-Manga is looking to overcome a knee injury to make his first start of the season.

Stat Facts

  • Cardiff are unbeaten in the previous 5 meetings with Rotherham (3W 2D).

  • Cardiff won this fixture 1-3 in March.

  • Rotherham are yet to win a league game this season (2D 5L).

  • Rotherham have conceded 2.3 goals per home game in 2015/16.

  • Rotherham average 1 goal per game this season.

  • Cardiff are unbeaten on the road in 2015/16 (1W 2D).

  • Cardiff have only lost 3 of their 14 league away games in 2015.

  • Cardiff average 1.5 goals per away game in 2015.

Prediction: Rotherham 2-2 Cardiff

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15:00 Sheffield Wednesday vs Fulham

Team News

Sheffield Wednesday;

  • Sam Hutchinson is suspended.

  • Kieran Westwood could be available after recovering from a side strain.

Fulham;

  • Ryan Fredericks, Luke Garbutt, Scott Parker, Marcus Bettinelli, Jack Grimmer and George Williams complete Fulham’s lengthy injury list and are all out for this game.

  • Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov are both doubtful.

  • Matt Smith could start on his return to fitness.

Stat Facts

  • 50% of the meetings between the sides have ended as draws.

  • This fixture finished 1-1 last season.

  • Sheffield Wednesday have just 3 league home wins in 2015 (14 games).

  • In 2015, 71% of Sheffield Wednesday’s home games have seen under 2.5 goals.

  • Sheffield Wednesday average 1 goal per league home game in 2015.

  • On average, Sheffield Wednesday concede 1 goal per league away game in 2015.

  • Fulham have scored an average of 1 goal per away league game in 2015.

  • Fulham have lost 50% of their away league games in 2015.

  • Both teams have scored in all 7 of Fulham’s Championship games this season.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fulham

15:00 Wolves vs Brighton

Team News

Wolves;

  • Nouha Dicko is sidelined with a ruptured ACL.

  • Adam Le Fondre picked up a shin injury and is doubtful.

Brighton;

  • Kazenga Lua Lua is back from suspension giving Chris Hughton a full squad to choose from.

Stat Facts

  • At Molineux, 4 of the previous 5 meetings between the sides have ended in draws.

  • Wolves are undefeated vs Brighton at home.

  • Wolves have won 8 of their 14 home league games in 2015.

  • Wolves haven’t kept at clean sheet at home since March.

  • Wolves score an average of 2.2 goals per home game in 2015 (all competitions).

  • Brighton are unbeaten away from home this season.

  • Brighton average 0.7 goals per league away game in 2015.

  • 71% of Brighton’s away games in 2015 have featured less than 2.5 goals.

Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Brighton

Monday 21st September

19:45 Derby vs Burnley

Team News

Derby;

  • Chris Baird is still sidelined with concussion.

  • Craig Bryson is close to a return but will sit this game out.

  • Will Hughes is on the long term injury list as he continues his ACL rehabilitation.

  • George Thorne has overcome his injury and will feature in the squad.

Burnley;

  • Dean Marney and Kevin Long are still on the road to recovery with cruciate ligament injuries.

  • Joey Barton is still going through his personal pre-season and is unlikely to feature vs Derby.

  • Fredrik Ulvestad is close to a return but Derby is likely to be too soon.

Stat Facts

  • Derby have failed to win in their previous 10 meetings with Burnley (2D 8L).

  • Derby haven’t beaten Burnley at home since 2007, losing 4 of the 5 meetings since.

  • Derby are yet to record a home win in 2015/16.

  • Derby have only lost 1 of their 7 Championship games this season.

  • Derby average 1 goal per game (in all competitions) in 2015/16.

  • Burnley have won 4 games on the bounce in the Championship.

  • Burnley average 0.75 goals per game on the road in 2015/16.

  • Burnley average 0.8 goals per away game in 2015.

  • Burnley have scored 1 or less in 80% of their away games in 2015.

  • Burnley have not kept a clean sheet away from home in 2015/16.

Prediction: Derby 1-0 Burnley