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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

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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Birmingham v Leeds  
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2 Burnley 44 34 89
3 Derby 44 30 81
4 QPR 44 15 76
5 Wigan 43 15 70
6 Reading 44 12 67
7 Brighton 44 12 66
8 N Forest 44 7 65
9 Ipswich 44 6 65
10 Blackburn 44 5 64
11 Bournemth 44 -1 63
12 Watford 43 17 60
13 Middlesbro' 44 7 58
14 Bolton 44 -3 55
15 Sheff Wed 44 1 53
16 Leeds 44 -10 53
17 Huddersfld 44 -8 50
18 Charlton 43 -23 45
19 Doncaster 44 -28 44
20 Millwall 44 -29 44
21 Birmingham 43 -13 43
22 Blackpool 44 -27 43
23 Barnsley 44 -30 39
24 Yeovil 44 -26 37

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