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Team news for Friday night's Championship clash between Queens Park Rangers and Watford at Loftus Road.

Last Updated: 09/12/10 at 15:51

Helguson: Fit again

Helguson: Fit again

QPR boss Neil Warnock has reported no new injury worries and is expected to stick with the side which beat Cardiff 2-1 in the top-of-the-table clash a fortnight ago.

Heidar Helguson is fully fit after a neck injury but will have to settle for a place on the bench again with Rob Hulse currently preferred in attack.

Tommy Smith will start alongside Hulse against the club where he began his career and scored 36 goals in 167 appearances.

Defender Peter Ramage and midfielder Akos Buzsaky are still sidelined with knee injuries along with another ex-Hornet, winger Lee Cook.

Watford midfielder Michael Bryan is back in contention for the tough trip to leaders QPR.

Bryan missed the 3-2 home win over Leicester last week with an ankle injury but has overcome the problem to make himself available for the short trip to Loftus Road.

Manager Malky Mackay is unlikely to make changes from the XI which beat Sven-Goran Eriksson's men, though, with Will Buckley operating in a role just off central striker Danny Graham.

Teenage midfielder Piero Mingoia is the only other concern as he continues to struggle with a thigh injury but it is unlikely he would have been involved anyway.

Former Hornets favourites Tommy Smith and Heidar Helguson could both be in Neil Warnock's QPR side but a third former Golden Boy Gavin Mahon has not featured this season.

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Championship Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
15:00
Birmingham v Blackburn
Brighton v Blackpool
Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bournemth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfld
17:15
Leeds v N Forest

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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