Sheffield Wednesday are placed as 11/10 favourites to win the South Yorkshire Derby against Huddersfield whilst QPR look to move top despite suffering from an injury crisis with victory against Charlton
For many of the relegation candidates, now is one of the best times to start a good run of form before the festive period and both Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday will look to do just that on Saturday lunchtime.
Newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday have struggled since moving up from League One and they find themselves in the relegation zone three points from safety in 22nd position.
There could be several changes in the squad at Hillsborough especially in midfield where Jose Semedo is likely to return following a three game ban and could take the place of David Prutton who is a major doubt with an ankle injury.
, there could be some further changes in defence where Kamil Zayatte will need to pass a late fitness test to play any part in the derby whilst veteran defender Martin Taylor is definitely out of the clash.
Huddersfield have enjoyed a bit better form than their Yorkshire rivals as they currently sit 15th in the league some 6 points ahead of their upcoming opponents.
Huddersfield will be buoyed by the return of top scorer James Vaughan who has scored 11 goals in1 4 games and is available after serving a three match ban.
His return will be aided by the return of striker partner Martin Paterson who will help improve their offensive output as they look for just their second win in eight games.
In the afternoon fixtures, QPR will look to get themselves back on top of the table with a win at home against local rivals Charlton.
QPR have slipped to third in the table but a win could put them one point ahead of Burnley if other results go their way during the day.
It won’t be easy for Harry Redknapp’s side though as The Hoops could be without Matt Phillips and Tom Caroll who are nursing injury problems sustained during the international break.
However, both Jermaine Jenas and Junior Hoilett are likely to return to the squad after both players were able to recover from the injuries that forced them out of the Reading game just before the international break.
Charlton’s priorities remain to keep themselves out of the relegation zone and the South London side are doing just that sitting in 20th position.
The Addicks will be buoyed by the return of French striker Yann Kermongant who recovered from an ankle injury and is available for selection once again.
However, they will be without defender Leon Cort whose anticipated return from injury has been hindered by yet another setback during his quest to get back to full fitness.