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Team news ahead of Tuesday night's Championship clash between Crystal Palace and Portsmouth at Selhurst Park.

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Ambrose: Pushing for a start

Ambrose: Pushing for a start

Palace have no new injury worries ahead of the visit of Pompey.

The Eagles kept a fifth clean sheet in a row when they drew 0-0 with Reading on Saturday so boss Dougie Freedman will not make major changes.

However, Darren Ambrose started on the bench after suffering a slight leg knock against Southampton last week so he will be pushing to return to the starting line-up.

Defender Alexander Tunchev and midfielder Owen Garvan are also hoping to return to the squad having built up their fitness following recent injury lay-offs.

Full-back Lee Hills is still missing with a long-term knee problem and midfielder Alex Marrow is not yet ready to return from an ankle injury.

Portsmouth defender Greg Halford could miss the trip to south-east London.

Halford had to go off with a shoulder injury during the first half of Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Derby and was replaced by Joel Ward at right-back.

Teenage midfielder Abdul Razak is pushing for a place in the starting line-up after his encouraging debut as a substitute at Pride Park following his loan switch from Manchester City late last week.

Striker Benjani will be checked over after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury and defender Hermann Hreidarsson is still out following a recurrence of his Achilles problem.

Midfielder Hayden Mullins returns to face the club he made more than 250 appearances for at the start of his career.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil
Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfld v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley
19:30
Doncaster v Derby
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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