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Team news ahead of Southampton's Championship clash with Watford at St Mary's on Saturday.

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Hammond: Could return

Hammond: Could return

Dean Hammond could be restored to the Southampton starting line-up.

The midfielder and Saints skipper was confined to the bench as the Championship leaders were beaten 2-1 at Cardiff on Wednesday night.

Left-back Dan Harding will be assessed having missed the last five matches with a knee injury, while long-term absentees Radhi Jaidi and Lee Barnard are also close to returning.

Veteran defender Jaidi has been out all season with a knee injury and striker Barnard has yet to appear due to an ankle problem, but both are back in training.

Centre-half Dan Seaborne is still out as he recovers from a head injury sustained during an assault outside a nightclub earlier this month.

Sean Dyche is likely to stick with a winning line-up when he takes his Watford side to the soauth coast.

Dyche made one change in midweek as out-of-form goalkeeper Scott Loach was dropped to the bench in favour of Rene Gilmartin, who made his first ever league start for the Hertfordshire club.

And despite going behind against Millwall at Vicarage Road, Watford hit back to prevail 2-1 late on.

Dyche has no major new injury problems to contend with ahead of the trip to St Mary's, where Saints are yet to drop any points so far this season.

Midfielder Piero Mingoia has joined defender Lee Hodson (both knee) on the sidelines, although the pair are unlikely to have made the matchday 16 in any case. Long-term absentee Stephen McGinn also continues to miss out with a knee problem of his own.

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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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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