THE BIG MATCH

Managerless Blackburn Rovers welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Ewood Park with both sides in with a chance of going top if results go their way.

Rovers have been on a bit of slump in recent weeks, failing to win in their last three outings, but interim boss Eric Black will take some positives from the goalless draw at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Blackburn have some injury concerns with Markus Olsson (hamstring) and Leon Best (knee) out, but Nigerian international Dickson Etuhu is considered 50/50 as he struggles to overcome a virus.

On a brighter note, Colin Kazim-Richards could feature after making a second-half substitute appearance at the City Ground with no reported problems.

"Obviously he was a long time out and you can't expect him [Kazim-Richards] to just turnaround have a few training sessions and be what he was before," Black told www.rovers.co.uk.

"He's trained again and looked fine but he's not yet fully fit and fully firing, he'll need a couple of games before he's anywhere near that.

"But it'll be up to me to decide whether I feel he can do enough for us to introduce him or not."

Wolves go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in midweek - ending a four-match winning run that lifted Stale Solbakken's side to sixth.

And that result was made even worse after Poland international Slawomir Peszko sustained a ligament injury that will keep him out for up to six weeks.

It means that the Wolves boss will need to shuffle the pack ahead of the trip to Ewood Park as fellow winger Razak Boukari is out with a calf problem and midfielder Stephen Hunt is awaiting surgery on a troublesome hip.

Speaking after the Palace game, Solbakken told the Birmingham Post: "It is obviously a disappointment when you are 1-0 ahead at home and feel you should have won the game but you lose it. But this is football.

"Soon we have another game and we have to get back on the horse and try and win the next one. Blackburn is not an easy game but we feel we can get points off anyone and will try to do that."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Top of the table Cardiff City travel to Portman Road to take on struggling Ipswich Town in the evening kick-off on Saturday.

The Bluebirds have been in full flight at home this season, winning all five of their games at the Cardiff City Stadium, but they have won just once on the road, something boss Malky Mackay will be keen to improve on.

"We've got to be consistent now. At home we have picked up five straight wins against five very good teams, including Birmingham," Mackay told www.cardiffcity.co.uk.

"And the challenge for us over the course of the season is to maintain that level of consistency as much as possible. It's doing that that makes you a challenger at the end of a very long season."

There is some good news for Cardiff as midfielder Jordon Mutch could be available after missing the last three games with a foot injury.

Ipswich will be looking for their first win of the season at Portman Road as Paul Jewell's men hope to turn the corner and move out of the bottom three.

Things have been improving for the Tractor Boys as they have come close to victories in their last two matches.

They took the lead in their matches against Barnsley and Brighton & Hove Albion but were pegged back, with both games ending level at 1-1.

"When you are a goal up, you are disappointed not to leave with the points," Jewell told www.itfc.co.uk.

"We have shown in the last two games that the spirit is there. We just need that victory and we will be on our way."

New loan signing Richie Wellens could feature in the middle of the park after he joined on a one-month deal from npower Championship rivals Leicester City.

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Birmingham City, who sit down in 19th, welcome Huddersfield Town to St Andrews knowing that a win could drastically change their league position. The Blues are only three points behind the visitors but sit 11 places below them which is a huge incentive for Lee Clark's side, against his former club.

Blackpool take on Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road with a chance of going top of the table if they get the win and other results go their way. The Addicks have lost four out of their last six games but will be eager to find the form that saw them romp to the npower League 1 title last year.

Crystal Palace, who have five wins from their last six, play Burnley. Clarets striker Charlie Austin will hope to maintain his red hot form in front of goal against the Eagles.

Elsewhere, Derby County host third-placed Brighton and Hove Albion. The Rams will want to bounce back from their 2-1 midweek loss against Burnley, while the Seagulls will be hungry to notch up their fourth away day triumph of the season.

At Elland Road, Leeds United could jump up the table into the Play-Off positions as they take on Barnsley.

The remaining npower Championship fixtures see second-placed Leicester City take on mid-table Bristol City, Millwall play Bolton Wanderers, Peterborough United face Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday meet Hull City and Watford host Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road.

Click here for all the weekend's action