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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Portsmouth and Watford at Fratton Park.

Last Updated: 15/10/10 at 17:08   

Lawrence: Faces late fitness test

Lawrence: Faces late fitness test

Portsmouth will check on Liam Lawrence ahead of the game after the winger sat out the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Slovakia on Tuesday night after suffering a leg injury against Russia four days earlier.

Hermann Hreidarsson could make his first appearance of the season, however.

The Iceland defender ruptured his Achilles against Tottenham last March but is on the comeback trail, having been involved with his international squad last week, and could be named on the bench.

Striker Danny Webber, who damaged knee ligaments in the same match as Hreidarsson, is another month away from returning.

Youngsters Tom Kilbey (knee) and Billy Goddard (shin) are still on the sidelines.

Ross Jenkins is Watford's only injury concern as they head to the south coast.

The midfielder has tweaked an ankle in training and is doubtful ahead of the Fratton Park clash, with his fitness being monitored closely.

Malky Mackay has an otherwise fully-fit squad at his disposal.

In-form striker Marvin Sordell had to be taken off at half-time of the win at Sheffield United last time out after taking a kick but the international break has allowed him time to recover and he is expected to lead the line.

The game represents the first meeting between the two clubs since 2007, when it was a Premier League fixture, with Watford running out 4-2 winners.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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