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Mills: Banned for Hornets clash

Mills: Banned for Hornets clash

Leicester captain Matt Mills will miss the game through suspension.

The centre-half begins a three-match ban after he was shown a straight red card for a two-footed lunge on Birmingham's Morgaro Gomis during the 2-0 defeat at St Andrews on Sunday.

His absence means manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has to break up a back four that had previously kept four successive clean sheets.

"It is a big blow to lose Matt because, as we know, for four-and-a-half games the goalkeeper and the defence have been absolutely fantastic," said Eriksson, who has no new injury worries to contend with.

Lee Peltier could partner Sol Bamba in the centre of defence with John Pantsil coming in at right-back - as at St Andrews following Mills' dismissal.

However, a more likely scenario is Sean St Ledger, who was not on the bench on Sunday following his exploits with the Republic of Ireland, getting a chance to impress in a like-for-like switch for the City skipper.

Watford boss Sean Dyche will be without injured defender Martin Taylor when they visit Leicester.

The 31-year-old left the pitch early in the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace with a collarbone injury, and Dyche has confirmed the former Birmingham player will be out for "weeks, not days".

Carl Dickinson completed 90 minutes of Saturday's 2-0 home defeat after recovering from illness.

Fellow defender Lee Hodson is available for selection after shaking off a knee injury, and after failing to make the squad against the Eagles he could earn a place in a bid to shore up Dyche's leaky defence.

Midfielder Stephen McGinn (knee) is the only absentee as the Hornets search for their second away win of the season at the expense of Sven-Goran Eriksson's Foxes.

On-loan Wolves winger Michael Kightly is set to make his second appearance for the club, and Dyche told the Watford Observer: "He is a good player to have because he does have a few different options in his locker.

"He is predominantly a wideman but can play behind the striker, in the hole or at the top of a diamond."

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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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