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Jamie Ashdown will be back in goal for Portsmouth's south-coast derby against Brighton.

Ashdown was rested as summer signing Stephen Henderson was given a chance in the humiliating Carling Cup defeat by Barnet on Tuesday night.

Defenders Tal Ben Haim and Hermann Hreidarsson should boost Pompey's thin squad once they have returned from international duty.

Boss Steve Cotterill could only name two outfield substitutes against the Bees and will once again have to do without summer signing Jason Pearce as the centre-half serves the final match of a suspension carried over from last season.

Captain Liam Lawrence is being monitored due to an ongoing hamstring problem but he came through 70 minutes unscathed on Tuesday and should be involved against the Seagulls.

Kazenga LuaLua and Will Hoskins are doubtful for Brighton's trip along the south coast to Portsmouth.

Winger LuaLua sat out Tuesday night's Carling Cup win over Gillingham as a precaution due to a tight hamstring and striker Hoskins has missed both matches this season with a hip injury.

Boss Gus Poyet will make a late decision on the duo but says they are "touch and go".

Striker Craig Mackail-Smith is back in one piece after international duty with Scotland to give Poyet a selection dilemma with Ashley Barnes and Will Buckley having scored all three of Brighton's goals between them so far this season.

Defenders Adam El-Abd (foot) and Tommy Elphick (Achilles) are still recovering from the injuries they suffered last term.

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Championship Fixtures

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Derby
N Forest v Fulham
Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:15
Watford v Bournemth  
15:00
Brighton v Blackpool  
Derby v Cardiff  
Fulham v Blackburn  
Leeds v Huddersfld  
M'boro v Brentford  
Millwall v N Forest  
Norwich v Birmingham  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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