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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, 23 August 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  
Wigan v Blackpool  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Sat, 23 Aug 2014

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