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Team news ahead of Saturday's final Championship clash of the season between Watford and Middlesbrough at Vicarage Road (kick-off 12.30pm).

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McGinn: In contention for Watford

McGinn: In contention for Watford

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Stephen McGinn is in contention for his first Watford appearance for 14 months.

The midfielder suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury at Doncaster in February of last year but has slowly worked his way back to fitness, culminating in a second 90-minute run-out for the club's reserves earlier this week.

Although a starting berth will be beyond McGinn, Hornets manager Sean Dyche must decide whether or not to include the Scot among his substitutes and possibly hand him a late cameo.

Otherwise, Dyche has a fully-fit squad to select from as Watford entertain a Boro side aiming to gatecrash the top six on the final day.

Adrian Mariappa returned from suspension as a substitute in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Peterborough and will again challenge Martin Taylor and Nyron Nosworthy for a start at the heart of defence.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the club's play-off decider.

Full-back Justin Hoyte limped out of last Saturday's 2-1 home win over Southampton with muscle tightness, but is expected to be available for the crucial game at Vicarage Road.

Striker Marvin Emnes has been playing with a niggling knee injury which has been carefully managed, but he too should be passed fit.

Only skipper Matthew Bates remains on the long-term casualty list as he continues his recovery from the fifth cruciate ligament problem of his career.

Boro must win at Watford and hope sixth-placed Cardiff lose at Crystal Palace to leapfrog them into the play-off places, with the Bluebirds knowing even a draw should be enough to see them through because of a far superior goal difference.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:15
Sheff Wed v N Forest
15:00
Brighton v Charlton
Derby v Ipswich
Fulham v Cardiff
Leeds v Bolton
M'boro v Reading
Millwall v Blackpool
Norwich v Bournemth
Rotherham v Brentford
Watford v Huddersfld

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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