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Drinkwater: Set for debut

Drinkwater: Set for debut

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Watford could hand a debut to Danny Drinkwater against Crystal Palace.

The Manchester United midfielder signed on loan last week after a similar spell at Cardiff and could feature after missing the FA Cup defeat to Brighton at the weekend.

Drinkwater was cup-tied but can play along with Tottenham winger Andros Townsend - who also missed out against the League One side.

Captain John Eustace could start after returning from a calf injury sustained against Portsmouth on New Year's Day.

Midfielder Ross Jenkins had a tight hamstring and failed a late fitness test at the weekend so is doubtful, while Scottish winger Don Cowie is still out with a thigh strain.

Palace manager Dougie Freedman has no new injury worries for the trip to Hertfordshire.

Defender Lee Hills remains the only absentee with a long-term knee injury.

Freedman is hoping to tie up the signing of Derby defender Dean Moxey but he will not be available as he is still suspended following his sending-off against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Teenager Matthew Parsons impressed at left-back on his full debut in Saturday's goalless draw against Norwich and looks set to keep his place.

Freedman could name an unchanged starting line-up, although January signings Steffen Iversen and Jermaine Easter are pushing to be involved.

The Eagles are still in the drop zone despite their battling point at the weekend.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 13 September 2014
12:15
Birmingham v Leeds  
15:00
Blackburn v Wigan  
Blackpool v Wolves  
Bolton v Sheff Wed  
Bournemth v Rotherham  
Brentford v Brighton  
Cardiff v Norwich  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 5 8 13
2 Watford 5 7 12
3 Wolves 5 4 12
4 Norwich 5 5 10
5 Millwall 5 3 10
6 Charlton 5 2 9
7 Derby 5 4 8
8 Brentford 5 2 8
9 Cardiff 5 2 8
10 Sheff Wed 5 1 8
11 Bournemth 5 3 7
12 Wigan 5 3 7
13 Brighton 5 1 7
14 Blackburn 5 -2 7
15 Reading 5 -3 7
16 M'boro 5 0 6
17 Rotherham 5 -3 6
18 Leeds 5 -5 6
19 Ipswich 5 -1 5
20 Birmingham 5 -5 5
21 Huddersfld 5 -7 4
22 Bolton 5 -6 1
23 Fulham 5 -7 1
24 Blackpool 5 -6 0

Updated Tue, 02 Sep 2014

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