Sheffield United v Watford preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Sheffield United and Watford at Bramall Lane.

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Morgan: Sidelined with a hamstring strain

Morgan: Sidelined with a hamstring strain

Sheffield United manager Gary Speed is without defensive duo Chris Morgan (hamstring) and on-loan Kyle Bartley (fractured cheekbone).

Matt Lowton, 21, replaced Bartley against Nottingham Forest in midweek and Speed also has the option of playing Johnny Ertl in central defence alongside Nyron Nosworthy or another recent loan signing, Ritchie De Laet.

Elian Parrino, signed on a season-long loan from Estudiantes, could also be in the squad.

Speed, also without suspended striker Jamie Ward, has doubts about several other unnamed players for the Watford game, while long-term absentees Darius Henderson, Ryan France and Lee Williamson are continuing with their rehabilitation.

Watford boss Malky Mackay has a fully-fit squad at his disposal for the trip.

Mackay saw former Hornets boss Brendan Rodgers come out on top in midweek as Swansea won 3-2 at Vicarage Road but could name an unchanged side against the Blades.

Watford are unbeaten away from home and striker Troy Deeney is one man hopeful of pushing into the starting XI after he came off the bench to score against the Swans.

Andrew Taylor returned in midweek after being ineligible to face parent club Middlesbrough last weekend while midfielder Stephen McGinn is another option if Mackay wants to make changes.

Strike pairing Danny Graham and Marvin Sordell have scored 13 goals between them this season and both have boosted the Hornets this week by signing new contracts.

Young defender Dale Bennett has recovered from an ankle injury and will join up with the squad.

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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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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