Middlesbrough v Portsmouth preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Middlesbrough and Portsmouth at Riverside Stadium.

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Emnes: Looks to start after signing a three year extension

Emnes: Looks to start after signing a three year extension

Middlesbrough look set to hand a debut to on-loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Ikeme joined Boro from Premier League Wolves on Tuesday following an injury to Jason Steele and will jump straight ahead of Danny Coyne in the pecking order.

Defender Joe Bennett is struggling with a hamstring and will be assessed in the build-up to the clash but midfielder Andy Halliday is doubtful with ankle ligament trouble.

Midfielder Kevin Thomson is a definite absentee as he recovers from ankle and leg surgery and he is not expected to feature until the end of September.

Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson will be handed a late fitness test.

Kitson has been struggling with a thigh injury towards the end of pre-season and is doubtful, meaning Kanu and new signing Luke Varney could start in attack.

Another new face, defender Jason Pearce, will have to wait to make his debut as he is suspended after being sent off playing for Bournemouth last season.

Boss Steve Cotterill has an otherwise fit squad but is still short on numbers despite the arrivals of Varney, Pearce, David Norris and the re-signing of last season's loanee Greg Halford.

Jamie Ashdown should start in goal with Cotterill's fifth summer signing, Stephen Henderson, on the bench.

Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim, who was frozen out last season over a wage dispute, is back in the squad and poised to start at right-back.

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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
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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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