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Team news for Tuesday night's Championship clash between Watford and Swansea at Vicarage Road.

Last Updated: 27/09/10 at 18:23

Sinclair: Hamstring niggle

Sinclair: Hamstring niggle

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Defender Andrew Taylor is in line to return for Watford for the visit of former manager Brendan Rodgers' Swansea side.

Taylor was ineligible for the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the weekend as he is on loan from the Teesside club and could come back in at left-back against the Swans with Lee Hodson making way.

Danny Graham will continue to partner Marvin Sordell up front with the in-form duo having bagged 13 goals between them so far this term.

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

The Hornets have surprised many by their flying start to the season which sees them in third place - three points above the visitors.

Rodgers saved the Hornets from relegation during his first job as a manager in 2008 before leaving to take over at Reading.

Swansea are expected to welcome back Scott Sinclair and Stephen Dobbie for the trip to Watford as Brendan Rodgers prepares to come up against his former employers.

Sinclair suffered a slight hamstring niggle, while Dobbie also turned his ankle in a freak training ground accident ahead of Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

But both are set to return for the clash at Vicarage Road as the Swans look to record their first points of the season on the road, with all 12 to date coming at the Liberty Stadium.

David Cotterill limped off at half-time at the City Ground nursing a minor groin problem but midfielder Darren Pratley completed the game despite sustaining a painful shoulder injury.

Both will be assessed over the next 24 hours but should be okay.

Manager Rodgers will be keen to end Swansea's away woes at Watford, although he cannot be guaranteed a warm reception by the club he walked away from last June - after little more than six months in charge - to take over at Reading.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
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  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 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 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014

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