Team news and stat pack for Yorkshire’s clubs

Here’s your definitive guide to the Yorkshire clubs in Football League action this Saturday, complete with team news and stats.
Sheffield United boss Nigel AdkinsSheffield United boss Nigel Adkins
Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins

Charlton v Hull City

Team news: Mohamed Diame is out but may return against Rochdale on Tuesday to leave only Robert Snodgrass on City’s long-term list of absentees. Nikica Jelavic will be pushing for a start after being rested against Fulham but Sone Aluko also has a strong claim after netting the winner. Charlton have doubts over the fitness of Chris Solly (ankle) and Tony Watt (calf) ahead of the clash. Reza Ghoochannejhad faces a month on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury and fellow forward Igor Vetokele is not yet ready to return following a muscle problem.

Last six games: Charlton Athletic LLWWDD; Hull City LDWDDW.

Barnsley manager Lee JohnsonBarnsley manager Lee Johnson
Barnsley manager Lee Johnson

Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex).

Last time: Charlton Athletic 0 Hull City 0; August 25, 2012; Championship.

Fulham v Huddersfield Town

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Team news: Sean Scannell is a major doubt after missing the midweek draw with Blackburn after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring strain. Joe Murphy will again continue in goal. Fulham will assess the fitness of goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Matt Smith, who both suffered knee ligament damage in a collision at Hull. Luke Garbutt (ankle), George Williams (cruciate ligament) and Fernando Amorebieta (knee) are still unavailable while defender Jack Grimmer (ankle) has undergone surgery, but Tim Ream is free to play after signing from Bolton on Thursday.

Last six games: Fulham WLDWLL, Huddersfield Town DDLLDD.

Referee: J Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Last time: Fulham 3 Huddersfield Town 1; November 8, 2014; Championship.

Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday

Kick-off: 12.30pm.

Team news: No fresh injury problems for Leeds, who field same squad. Owls’ Kieren Westwood again out (bruised kidney) so Lewis Price is in. Glenn Loovens has very slim chance due to ankle injury along with Atdhe Nuhiu (neck).

Last six games: Leeds United WDWLDD, Sheffield Wednesday LDWWLD

Referee: M Jones (Cheshire).

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Key men: Leeds striker Chris Wood netted his first goal in midweek and his tussle with Wednesday’s former United defender Tom Lees, pictured, could be pivotal in deciding today’s derby encounter.

Last time: Leeds United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1; October 4, 2014; Championship: Giuseppe Bellusci, right, rescued a point for the hosts 10 minutes from time after Chris Maguire had opened the scoring.

Talking point: Can one of these two Yorkshire heavyweights finally start punching their true weight this season? Today’s encounter could provide a decent gauge.

Middlesbrough v Bristol City

Team news: Striker David Nugent could be handed his full home debut. Central defender Jonathan Woodgate is available again for the Teessiders. Bristol City striker Kieran Agard could make his first start of the season after a goalscoring cameo appearance in midweek. Midfielder Luke Freeman serves the second game of a three-match ban and goalkeeper Frank Fielding (shoulder) is out. Mark Little has rejoined squad after a shoulder injury.

Last six games: Middlesbrough WLDWWD; Bristol City WWLLLD.

Referee: P Tierney (Lancs).

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Last time: Middlesbrough 1 Bristol City 3; November 24, 2012; Championship.

QPR v Rotherham United

Team news: Danny Ward returns to the Millers squad after a foot injury but Joe Mattock (tight quad muscle), Joe Newell (knock) and Lee Frecklington (groin) are all doubts. Alex Smithies will be in the Rangers squad for the first time following his near £2m move from Huddersfiel. Winger Jamie Mackie is a doubt with groin trouble and midfielder Ale Faurlin is likely to be rested after making his first start in almost a year in the midweek win at Wolves.

Last six games: QPR WLLWDW, Rotherham United WDLWLD.

Referee: D Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Last time: QPR 1 Rotherham United 1; August 7, 2004; Championship.

League One

Barnsley v Bradford City

Team news: Barnsley duo James Bree and Ryan Williams are doubtful with groin injuries. For Bradford, Chris Routis (hamstring) is unlikely to feature. Billy Clarke is out for three months.

Last six games: Barnsley LWLDWW Bradford WWLDDL.

Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

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Key men - Barnsley: Sam Winnall is nearing full fitness and the striker’s goals could be the difference this season between reaching the play-offs or not.

Bradford: James Hanson, left, such a focal point for City, and a key to how the Bantams play.

Last time: Barnsley 3 Bradford City 1, October 12 2014, League One: Jason Kennedy gave City a first-minute lead, but goals after the break from Rory McArdle (og), Sam Winnall and Kane Hemmings, right, secured a home victory.

Talking point: Bradford City have not won at Oakwell for 16 years. Their last win came in 1999, when Gordon Watson’s 74th-minute strike secure the points. In five subsequent visits, four have ended in draws, plus one Barnsley win.

Port Vale v Doncaster

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Team news: Paul Keegan, Nathan Tyson and Dany N’Guessan are all out through injury but Rob Jones has a chance of returning after sitting out the last two games, meaning gary MacKenzie may drop out of the starting XI.

Last six games: Port Vale WLDWDD, Doncaster Rovers LWDDDD.

Referee: R Lewis (Shropshire)

Last time: Port Vale 3 Doncaster Rovers 0; February 21, 2015; League One.

Sheffield United v Blackpool

Team news: Sheffield United are without Neill Collins (calf) and Stefan Scougall (ankle) after the duo limped off in the midweek win at Peterborough. Long-term injured Ryan Flynn, Craig Alcock, Terry Kennedy and Harrison McGahey are back training, but this game comes too soon.

Last six games: Blades LDLWWW Blackpool LDDLLL.

Referee: D Deadman (Cambs).

Last time: Sheffield United 3 Blackpool 0, March 16 2010, Championship: Two goals from Richard Cresswell, and a Nick Montgomery effort, helped the Blades beat Blackpool.

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Opposition key man - Mark Cullen: He is familiar to Yorkshire fans after spells at Hull City and Bradford City. Summer signing at Blackpool, Cullen has netted two of their three goals scored in four matches this season.

Talking point: The last time Blackpool played at Bramall Lane, they ended up being promoted to the Premier League just a few weeks later. A far cry for the troubled Lancashire club after relegation from the Championship last season. They go into today’s game with just a solitary league point after three games and a League Cup exit at the hands of Northampton Town.

League Two

Exeter v York City

Team news: Luke Summerfield is in line for a possible return after missing the midweek win over Yeovil. Michael Coulson could return within a month after undergoing surgery on a groin injury. Emile Sinclair has come through a development game, his first action since suffering a thigh problem in March.

Last six games: Exeter City LWWWLW, York City LLDLDLW.

Referee: J Linington (Isle of Wight).

Last time: Exeter City 1 York City 1; August 23, 2014; League Two.