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West Ham will be without David Bentley after the on-loan Tottenham midfielder underwent a knee operation earlier this week. Bentley has been ruled out for up to six months, joining goalkeeper Robert Green (knee) and winger Gary O'Neil (ankle) on the sidelines.

But manager Sam Allardyce hopes to be able to call on defender Winston Reid (hamstring) and midfield duo Mark Noble (toe) and Matt Taylor (calf), who all missed the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

Right-back Guy Demel is pushing for a debut after recovering from a hamstring problem and striker John Carew, who scored for Norway this week, could start ahead of Carlton Cole after coming off the bench to head the equaliser at Palace.

Blackpool could hand a debut to Lomana LuaLua.

The 30-year-old striker signed for the Seasiders until the end of the season after impressing during a recent trial and could earn an instant start at Upton Park.

Defender Craig Cathcart is a doubt after he withdrew from the Northern Ireland squad due to a knee problem.

Daniel Bogdanovic (hamstring), Matt Gilks and Stephen Crainey (both ankle) also withdrew from international duty, but they should be fit to take part.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 03 October 2014
19:45
Blackpool v Cardiff  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
12:15
Leeds v Sheff Wed  
15:00
Blackburn v Huddersfld  
Bolton v Bournemth  
Brentford v Reading  
Charlton v Birmingham  
Derby v Millwall  
M'boro v Fulham  
Norwich v Rotherham  
Watford v Brighton  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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