Watford v Middlesbrough preview

Team news for Watford's Championship clash with Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Last Updated: 24/09/10 at 12:25

Taylor: Ineligible v Boro

Taylor: Ineligible v Boro

Watford will be without Andrew Taylor when they take on the Teessiders.

The defender is ineligible for the clash under the terms of his loan deal from Boro so Lee Hodson is set to come in at left-back.

Hornets boss Malky Mackay is unlikely make further changes to his starting line-up after last weekend's 6-1 thrashing of Millwall.

Danny Graham will continue to partner Marvin Sordell up front with the in-form duo having bagged 11 goals between them so far this term.

That means summer signing Troy Deeney will once again be among the substitutes.

Last Saturday's stunning display lifted the Hornets up to fifth in the npower Championship, although they have yet to win at home.

Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte is out of the trip to Watford with a hamstring injury.

The former Arsenal full-back is likely to be sidelined for a month by the problem he picked up during the 3-1 victory over Reading last Saturday.

Skipper Gary O'Neil missed the Reading game with a dead leg and continues to be assessed ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road.

Other than that, manager Gordon Strachan will have to do without his usual suspects once again with Joe Bennett (tonsilitis), Matt Kilgallon (back), Kevin Thomson (fractured fibula), Jonathan Franks (herniated disc), Willo Flood (knee) and Rhys Williams (pelvis) still missing.

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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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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