The Sky Sports 1 cameras will be at the Ricoh Arena and Hillsborough on Saturday for two key Championship encounters.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 31/08/07 4:06pm
The Sky Sports 1 cameras will be at the Ricoh Arena and Hillsborough on Saturday as leaders Coventry look to continue their impressive start and Sheffield Wednesday chase their first point of the campaign.
The Owls are bottom of the table after defeats in each of their opening three fixtures and face a tough test against a Bristol City side who could briefly lead the pack after the day's early kick-off.
And the evening fixture sees Preston, the only team in the entire Football League yet to find the net in league action this season, travel to Coventry to tackle Iain Dowie's high-flyers.
And a host of new signings will be on show throughout the Championship after a typically busy time in the transfer market ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.
New signings Etienne Esajas and Akpo Sodje are set to make their debuts as the Owls look to get off the mark in the Championship in front of the Sky Sports 1 cameras.
Steve Watson is in contention and Wade Small is back in training after his hamstring injury but Francis Jeffers (calf) will not be involved until after the international break.
Darren Byfield is expected to make his Bristol City debut after his move from Millwall as Gary Johnson's side look to claim top spot in the Championship.
Ivan Sproule is available to make his full bow for the club and Johnson has no new injury worries to contend with for the trip to Hillsborough.
The Sky Sports 1 cameras will be at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday evening as manager of the month Iain Dowie's league leaders take on struggling Preston.
Arjan de Zeeuw is set to make his debut after recovering from the injury problems that have hampered him since his summer switch from Portsmouth.
Preston have bolstered their attacking options with Paul Gallagher moving to Deepdale from Blackburn on loan until January and he goes straight into the squad.
But the departure of former skipper Graham Alexander to Championship rivals Burnley leaves a defensive void which will need to be filled as Paul Simpson's men look to record their first victory of the season.
Colchester goalkeeper Dean Gerken is available after serving a one-match suspension although deputy Aidan Davison kept a clean sheet against Preston last time out.
Clive Platt serves the last of his three-game ban so Kevin Lisbie and Teddy Sheringham continue up front while midfielder Kevin McLeod (groin) could return.
New Burnley signing Alexander is expected to make his bow for the Clarets following his shock move from Preston this week.
Steve Cotterill is hoping to have Jon Harley (illness) and Michael Duff (abductor) available, but Gabor Kiraly remains a doubt and Besart Berisha is out with a knee injury.
Young striker Besian Idrizaj could be handed an immediate debut in the south London derby against Charlton after his season-long loan move from Liverpool.
Paul Ifill and Dave Martin are doubts with hamstring and groin injuries respectively, while Ben Watson (ankle) is expected to be on the sidelines for another month.
Former England international Danny Mills goes straight into the Charlton squad after his move from Manchester City but fellow loanee Sam Sodje will not feature after his dismissal against Swansea in his last outing for Reading.
Alan Pardew has allowed striker Marcus Bent to join Wigan on a season-long loan deal and Senegal midfielder Amdy Faye has left for Rangers on a similar arrangement.
Norwich skipper Jason Shackell is the latest player to join the Canaries' extensive casualty list after suffering an ankle injury in a freak clash with team-mate Julien Brellier in the Carling Cup win over Rochdale.
Brellier and Dion Dublin are still recovering from Tuesday's exertions while Darren Huckerby and Adam Drury (both groin) and Ian Murray and David Strihavka (both illness) are also major doubts.
Cardiff captain Darren Purse is facing up to four weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on the knee problem he sustained in the Carling Cup victory over Leyton Orient in midweek.
Glenn Loovens is expected to partner Roger Johnson at the heart of City's defence in Purse's absence when Cardiff make the trip to Carrow Road.
Versatile France Under-21 international defender Larrys Mabiala is in contention for his Plymouth bow after moving to Home Park on loan from Paris St Germain for the rest of the season.
Strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Nick Chadwick, keeper Luke McCormick and defensive duo Krisztian Timar and Luke Hodges could all be recalled
Caretaker Leicester boss Jon Rudkin will have to focus his players' minds on Plymouth after a traumatic week for the club which saw the collapse of Clive Clarke at Nottingham Forest and the departure of manager Martin Allen.
Rudkin is hopeful he will have an almost full-strength squad at his disposal with Shaun Newton responding well to treatment on a slight knock.
Mikele Leigertwood could make his QPR bow after signing from Sheffield United and Chris Barker is finally available to John Gregory after completing his four-match suspension.
Ben Sahar has returned to training after his appendix operation but Pat Kanyuka (thigh), Gareth Ainsworth (ankle) and Simon Walton (fibula) remain on the sidelines.
New Southampton signings Jason Euell and Stern John are in the squad after their respective moves from Middlesbrough and Sunderland, although John will have to be content with a place on the bench.Chris Makin is expected to return after his hamstring problem and will replace Darren Powell (ankle). Rudi Skacel (knee) and Claus Lundekvam (ankle) are both out.
Nigel Adkins' only injury concern is over Ian Morris (knee) but the Scunthorpe boss could be set to make changes following the defeat at Bristol City last time out.
Kelly Youga and Jack Cork may come into contention while Izzy Iriekpen is back in training after his groin injury but could have to settle for a place on the bench with Andy Butler in impressive form.
Blades forward Luton Shelton is a doubt after breaking his hand against MK Dons while Australia international David Carney will be given a late fitness test after suffering a dead leg in the midweek Carling Cup victory.
Gary Naysmith, Lee Hendrie and Rob Hulse are long-term absentees while Blades striker Billy Sharp returns to his former club following his summer switch.
Versatile young defender Gabriel Zakuani is expected to go straight into Tony Pulis' squad after returning to Stoke from Fulham for a second loan spell.
Teenage Belgian defender Richie De Laet could feature after receiving international clearance but Pulis is certain to be without Stephen Wright, Vincent Pericard and on-loan Wolves defender Jody Craddock.
Wolves striker Stephen Elliott is set to return after recovering from the ankle injury which has kept him on the sidelines since the opening day defeat by Watford.
Jay Bothroyd (thigh) is unlikely to make the trip to the Britannia Stadium and Stephen Gleeson will be given a late fitness test after sustaining a hip injury in the Carling Cup defeat by Morecambe.
Striker Nathan Ellington is expected to make his Watford bow after his £3.25million move from Championship rivals West Brom on Wednesday as the Hornets face unbeaten Ipswich.
Combative midfielder Al Bangura broke his elbow during the Carling Cup defeat at Southend when Adrian Boothroyd rested all of his starting XI from the previous league clash at Leicester.
Ipswich goalkeeper Neil Alexander could miss the match as his wife is due to give birth so Shane Supple is on stand-by for Jim Magilton's side.
Danny Haynes serves the first match of his three-game ban while Fabian Wilnis remains on the sidelines through suspension. Richard Naylor will be out until October after foot surgery.
Midfielder Chris Brunt is poised to finally make his West Brom bow after his move from Sheffield Wednesday having completed the three-game suspension imposed for his pre-season dismissal while on tour in Holland with the Owls.
Striker Ishmael Miller is fit again after missing the last two games with a groin injury but Baggies boss Tony Mowbray has seen Curtis Davies join Aston Villa and Nathan Ellington leave for Watford.
Barnsley boss Simon Davey has confirmed that Martin Devaney will not make the trip to The Hawthorns as the midfielder is suffering from a back injury.
Davey will make a late check on his players before naming his squad following their brave 2-0 Carling Cup defeat by Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday night.