RJ DEMELLO - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Brek Shea will hope to build upon his strong Birmingham debut, while Eric Lichaj and Nottingham will look to remain atop the table in midweek Championship action.
Birmingham City - Sheffield Wednesday
Shea, Jonathan Spector, and Birmingham will hope to pick up maximum points at home against Wednesday, a club just three points ahead of City in the table.
Both Americans should feature in the match, with the extent depending on the fitness of the Yanks and their teammates after a quick turnaround from the weekend.
Birmingham let a 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal that was assisted by Shea, slip away on Saturday settling for a draw against Leeds. The team is currently in 20th place and four points above relegation with six points so far on the year.
Sheffield Wednesday played to a drab 0-0 draw with strugglers Bolton over the weekend. With nine points from six games the team sits in 12th place.
Wednesday looks to be without midfielders Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson Tuesday due to injury.
Birmingham's injury list is a bit longer, with Olly Lee, Denny Johnstone, Lee Novak, and Matt Green all out for the match.
Nottingham Forest - Fulham
Eric Lichaj and first place Forest welcome Emerson Hyndman and last place Fulham to The City Ground on Wednesday.
Lichaj seems to have locked up a starting position on the outside of defense for the Championships top club. Hyndman's place in the Fulham squad is less certain but he has started four out of the team's first six games.
Forest gave up a late Leon Best goal against Derby over the weekend to draw 1-1. The point brought the team up to 14 points from just six games this season, one point ahead of second place Norwich.
Fulham was humiliated 3-0 at Reading on Saturday, leaving the struggling club in dead last with just one point this year.
Matty Fryatt, Andy Reid, and Chris Cohen are all a doubt for Nottingham heading into Wednesday's meeting.
For Fulham, striker Adam Taggart will miss due to a groin injury. Bryan Ruiz may return to the lineup after being away on international duty with Costa Rica.
Tim Ream, barring unforeseen circumstances, will start yet again for his struggling Bolton as the Wanderers play host to Championship new boys Rotherham United.
Duane Holmes has struggled mightily for playing time this year but may be able to make the 18 for Huddersfield Town against Wigan on Tuesday due to the club's fixture congestion.
Danny Williams remains sidelined with a knee injury and will miss Reading's home game against Millwall.