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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Brighton and Doncaster Rovers at the Amex Stadium.

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Amex Stadium: Set for its first competitive match

Amex Stadium: Set for its first competitive match

Will Hoskins should be in the Brighton squad for the first competitive match at the new Amex Stadium.

Striker Hoskins, a summer buy from Bristol Rovers, missed last weekend's friendly against Tottenham with a hip injury but was back in training on Thursday morning.

Hoskins will probably be on the bench with Ashley Barnes likely to get the nod to partner new £2.5million frontman Craig Mackail-Smith.

Player/assistant-manager Mauricio Taricco is also fit after a leg knock but fellow defenders Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and Adam El-Abd (foot) are still sidelined by injuries suffered at the end of last season.

Winger Will Buckley and full-back Romain Vincelot will hope to make their debuts while wideman Kazenga LuaLua starts after rejoining on loan from Newcastle.

Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll could hand a debut to several new signings when his side open their campaign.

Former Derby winger Giles Barnes this week penned a six-month deal following his release from West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season.

Barnes appeared in Rovers' final pre-season friendly at Grimsby last Friday.

He should be joined in the squad by fellow new recruits Tommy Spurr, Kyle Bennett, James Baxendale, Richard Naylor and Chris Brown.

Rovers also this week announced the signing of teenager defender Oscar Radford and Rachid Bouhenna.

However, a number of players remain sidelined through injury, including James O'Connor, James Chambers, Martin Woods, Brian Stock, Adam Lockwood, Shelton Martis and Mark Wilson.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
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Leicester v QPR
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Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall
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Watford v Ipswich
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 43 -1 62
10 Blackburn 43 3 61
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Charlton 42 -24 42
21 Blackpool 43 -27 42
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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