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Turner: Set to keep his place

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Watford are waiting on the fitness of winger Will Buckley.

The former Rochdale man picked up an ankle injury after a heavy challenge during the 3-1 defeat to North End's rivals Burnley at the weekend and is receiving treatment.

Buckley is unlikely to play but Don Cowie could return in his place after a spell out with a thigh injury.

Popular full-back Lloyd Doyley also missed the game on Saturday with his hamstring injury but has a chance of returning.

Youngster Michael Bryan is still missing with an ankle injury, but midfielder Ross Jenkins is back after struggling with a tight hamstring.

The Hornets have not won in their last five games in all competitions.

Preston boss Phil Brown looks set to persist with on-loan Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner between the posts.

Brown axed regular number one Andy Lonergan and replaced him with new recruit Turner for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Hull.

Brown said: "Iain Turner played well enough for me. He obviously knows the challenge and is over the moon at the opportunity of playing first-team football."

Rookie defender Conor McLaughlin suffered a fracture to his left fibula and a dislocated ankle in the recent defeat to Bristol City and faces several months on the sidelines.

Striker Iain Hume could remain sidelined with a hamstring strain as Brown bids to guide North End to their first win since he took the reins last month.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
15:00
Birmingham v Fulham  
Blackburn v Watford  
Blackpool v Norwich  
Bolton v Derby  
Bournemth v Wigan  
Brentford v Leeds  
Cardiff v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v M'boro  
Huddersfld v Millwall  
Ipswich v Rotherham  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Mon, 22 Sep 2014

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