Matt Phillips’ proposed transfer away from Bloomfield Road is looking even more likely after it emerged that Newcastle United were raising interest in the attacker.
The Blackpool winger has been in magnificent form this season; a remarkable feat when considering that Phillips started the campaign off in League One.
After failing to make his break in the Championship first team, the 20 year-old was loaned out to Sheffield United where he netted five goals in fives starts on a one-month temporary deal.
After returning to his parent club, Phillips burst into the starting XI and has gone on to score ten goals in 19 starts and six assists for the Tangerines, attracting interest from numerous clubs in the English top flight.
Amongst the other Premier League outfits interested in the starlet sits Liverpool and Stoke City as well as a number of unnamed sides.
Ian Holloway was recently baffled by Phillips’ decision to represent Scotland rather than England after the wideman was being tipped for a bright international future.
Regardless, Phillips’ club situation remains in question and although Holloway won’t be keen to let go of his star, he may have no choice should the Magpies meet his £5m valuation.
Alan Pardew’s side signed wingers Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan last summer but seem intent on adding some English flair to the squad with a move for Matt Phillips at the end of this season
Championship Live Streaming : QPR face off against Burnley with the winners set for massive promotion boost
QPR are considered 19/20 favourites to beat Burnley with both sides desperately needing a win to strengthen their automatic promotion hopes whilst Blackburn host Blackpool in the Lancashire derby.
Both Burnley and QPR have been pushing all season long to fill the top two spots in the table as they look to move straight up to the Premier League and both sides will look to get the advantage of their rival with a win at Loftus Road.
At the moment, it’s the hosts that have the higher grounder as QPR sit three points ahead of their forthcoming opponents in second albeit eight points behind leaders Leicester.
There are several injury concerns for Harry Redknapp to contend with as experienced winger Yossi Benayoun is a doubt due to a groin problem whilst Danny Simpson is also set to miss out with back problems.
Striker Charlie Austin will also be unable to go against his former side due to a shoulder injury. However, the Hoops
are expecting both Joey Barton and Junior Hoilett to return to first team-duty this weekend whilst Aaron Hughes could also make his debut after joining from Fulham.
Having led for much of the early part of the season, Burnley have slipped up over the last couple of weeks and find themselves heading the playoff spots in third although Derby are just one point behind back in fourth.
Sean Dyche will be pushing for late fitness tests for both Daniel Lafferty and Keith Treacy to see if they have recovered from knocks they sustained last weekend.
However, The Clarets will be pleased that both Ben Mee and Ross Wallace got through the midweek clash against Oldham giving them a good chance of featuring in the early kick-off.
The other main clash on Saturday sees Blackburn host Blackpool in the Lancashire Derby with both sides looking to steal the bragging rights at Ewood Park.
Blackburn find themselves down in ninth spot in the table but a win could push Rovers up into seventh place and just two points off the playoff spots.
New signing Bryan Dabo is expected to make his debut in the game as he replaces the concussed Lee Williamson whilst Scott Dann could appear after missing the couple of games with an arm injury.
It’s not been the greatest of seasons for Blackpool and last year’s playoff participants have find themselves drifting in 16th place stuck in a mid-table lull.
Coach Barry Ferguson will be keen to hand debuts to both Andy Keogh and Haris Faroun after they both joined the club during the week whilst Ricardo Fuller and Neal Bishop headline those out on the sidelines.
It seems like there is a lot to play for in the Championship and both QPR and Burnley know that whoever wins their match will find themselves in an ideal spot to make their Premier League promotion dreams come true.
Championship Live Streaming : Derby look to christen new iPro Stadium name with a win against playoff rivals Blackpool
Derby County are 4/5 favourites to give their stadium’s new name a debut to remember against playoff rivals Blackpool whilst Ipswich face Huddersfield as both sides look to close in on the playoff spots.
Most people recognise Derby’s home ground as Pride Park but the lunchtime kick-off against Blackpool will mark the first time the stadium has been used under the new name of iPro Stadium.
The rebranding comes at a time where Derby are in good form where four straight wins has seen The Rams skyrocket to fourth in the table over the past few weeks.
been in such stellar form, boss Steve McClaren is likely to stick with the same squad that has been so successful in recent weeks including a comfortable win over Middlesbrough in midweek.
Much of Derby’s recent success can be put down to their ability to score goals virtually from anywhere as midfielders Craig Bryson and Will Hughes have scored multiple times as had the strike partnership of Chris Martin and Jamie Ward.
They face a Blackpool side that are playing just as well this season with The Seasiders sitting in sixth place with just goal difference separating both sides from one another.
However, boss Paul Ince will be forced to make several changes after seeing three players sent off in the midweek clash against Bournemouth.
Ricardo Fuller, Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie are all suspended for the tie and will be absent for the trip south meanwhile Craig Cathcart is also a major doubt due to a knee injury.
If any of these teams were to slip up, it would give either Ipswich or Huddersfield the chance to close in on the playoff places with both sides only a few points back.
Ipswich are enjoying their best run for several years and a third win in a row would put the Tractor Boys to within two points of the playoff places.
Several players such as Daryl Murphy, Jay Tabb and Ryan Tunnicliffe could feature in the squad whilst striker Paul Taylor could also return from a shoulder injury.
Huddersfield Town are performing well above their weight in 10th place having won seven of their eighteen games so far this season.
Town’s fortunes will be boosted by the return of Adam Clayton in midfield although the trio of Martin Paterson, Peter Clarke and Danny Ward will miss the trip to Portman Road through injury.
With the season at the halfway point, many teams will be pushing hard to reach the promotion spots and a win on Saturday will no doubt help the likes of Derby, Blackpool and Ipswich find a way back into the top flight.
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Leicester will hardly be backing down having drawn level on points with Blackpool after beating Blackburn 2-1 on Tuesday.
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Leicester are expected to field an unchanged side to the one that played in midweek which means that new signing
Marcin Wasilewski is likely to retain his place at right back.
Wasilewski only joined the side earlier this week from Anderlecht and the Polish defender seemed to have done enough to impress Nigel Pearson to back him for a second straight game.
Charlton are labelled as 21/20 favourites to overcome local rivals Millwall as both teams look to move away from the relegation zone with a win.
It might not seem like it but Saturday’s clash at The Valley could well have a profound effect on who gets relegated at the end of the season.
For Charlton, it’s been a difficult start to the season having picked up just 1 win in their first six games this season.
However, The Addicks will be buoyed by the return of top scorer Yann Kermongant who missed the 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Tuesday with an ankle injury.
But having already scored three goals this season, the Frenchman should return to help feed an attack that has struggled without him in the line-up.
Millwall meanwhile will be charged by picking up their first win of the season having defeated high-flying Blackpool 3-1 at home on Tuesday evening.
Having also broken their goal drought, new boss Steve Lomas has come up stating that the team are reading to give it everything in the early kick-off. During a press conference, Lomas stated: “It’s about bragging rights for the fans, it’s a great place to go and play and we can’t rest on our laurels, we’ve got to go again.”
Elsewhere, there is a big clash at the top of the table as second place Blackpool host third place Leicester City with both teams eager to close the gap to leaders QPR.
Blackpool will be eager to avenge their loss to Millwall during midweek where The Seasiders picked up their first loss of the season.
Having appeared amongst the substituted on Tuesday night, Scottish striker Stephen Dobbie could be in line for his first start at the club since joining on loan from Crystal Palace.
It’s Dobbie’s third spell at Bloomfield Road and he will be hoping that his goals will help Blackpool in their push for promotion during the next couple of months.
With a lot of pride on stake in Saturday’s games, it means that fans will be eager to see who will come out with bragging rights and momentum to help them slowly get closer to their desired targets.
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