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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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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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