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Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Cardiff and Watford at Cardiff City Stadium.

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Bothroyd: Could return against Watford

Bothroyd: Could return against Watford

Cardiff boss Dave Jones is set to welcome a host of big names back into his squad for the crucial visit of the Hornets.

Jay Bothroyd (hamstring) has resumed training and will be assessed to see whether he is ready to make his comeback after a lengthy lay-off, while Craig Bellamy (knee) was rested for Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay defeat to Stoke but should return.

Michael Chopra was only called upon as a second-half substitute against the Potters and will be raring to go against the Hornets, while there could be a debut for new loan signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from Arsenal.

Jon Parkin and Andy Keogh are also competing for starts in attack as City look to kickstart a winning run in the Championship, with midfielders Peter Whittingham and Seyi Olofinjana also back in the frame having been rested for the cup tie.

One player Jones is set to be without, however, is midfielder Stephen McPhail, who was forced off just before half-time in midweek nursing a hamstring injury.

Watford have added new signings Andros Townsend and Andreas Weimann to their squad for the game.

Tottenham winger Townsend and Aston Villa striker Weimann have both penned loan deals until the end of the season this week to provide Malky Mackay's in-form side with a boost.

Townsend could replace Don Cowie in a starting XI which has won their last seven games in all competitions.

Cowie had to come off at half-time of last weekend's 3-0 win over Derby with a thigh strain which will keep him out for at least another fortnight.

Striker Danny Graham will continue to lead the line having incredibly scored in all seven of the wins.

Captain John Eustace remains sidelined with the calf problem he sustained in the New Year's Day win over Portsmouth, but fellow midfielder Michael Bryan is back after an ankle injury.

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Championship Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
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Birmingham v Blackburn  
Brighton v Blackpool  
Burnley v Wigan  
Derby v Barnsley  
Ipswich v Bournemth  
Millwall v Doncaster  
QPR v Watford  
Sheff Wed v Charlton  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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