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Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Cardiff and Blackpool at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Hudson: Could return to Bluebirds squad

Hudson: Could return to Bluebirds squad

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay may be able to call on Mark Hudson.

Mackay has been sweating on the fitness of defender Hudson, who missed the Carling Cup semi-final victory over Crystal Palace and the 1-1 draw with Southampton with a calf strain, but the Bluebirds captain could make his return to the matchday squad this weekend.

However, Hudson will have to displace one of Ben Turner and Anthony Gerrard, both of whom have been excellent in his continued absence.

Full-back Kevin McNaughton is likely to keep his place in defence after starting ahead of Darcy Blake against the Saints in midweek, while strikers Joe Mason and Rudy Gestede are both aiming for recalls.

A victory for Cardiff could take the Welsh outfit top of the npower Championship table, if results elsewhere go in their favour.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has an embarrassment of attacking riches for the trip.

Quicksilver trio Matt Phillips, Tom Ince and Lomana LuaLua have all impressed in recent weeks although Holloway turned to the substitutes' bench as his free-flowing forward line struggled to make headway against Coventry in midweek.

Roman Bednar - making his debut after joining the Seasiders on loan from West Brom - laid on the equaliser for fellow sub Kevin Phillips before the more robust talents of Gary Taylor-Fletcher secured a 2-1 win, presenting the manager with a selection headache.

Liverpool loanee Danny Wilson and Neal Eardley could both feature in defence as centre-back Ian Evatt serves the first game of a two-match suspension for collecting 10 bookings.

Midfielder Keith Southern remains a doubt with a gashed ankle.

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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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