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Team news for Good Friday's Championship clash between Watford and Blackpool at Vicarage Road.

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Iwelumo: Set to lead Hornets line again

Iwelumo: Set to lead Hornets line again

Adrian Mariappa will again watch from the stands as Watford host Blackpool on Good Friday.

The centre-back has missed the club's last three matches with an ankle injury and will continue to sit out against the Seasiders, although manager Sean Dyche remains hopeful he will play again this season.

Otherwise, the Hornets boss has a full-strength squad to select from as his side aim to extend their seven-match unbeaten run and continue their late surge for a play-off place.

Chris Iwelumo will keep his place in attack having marked his recall against Leeds last weekend with a brace to secure an impressive 2-0 victory at Elland Road.

Dyche is unlikely to make any changes to his starting line-up at a sell-out Vicarage Road for a game which, if Watford were to win, would see them move within three points of their opponents.

Blackpool's veteran striker Kevin Phillips will face a late fitness test.

The Seasiders' top scorer missed out on last weekend's 3-0 win over former club Southampton due to ankle and hip soreness.

Phillips might have to be content with a place on the bench at Vicarage Road - where he started his professional career in 1994 - as Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Stephen Dobbie combined well in attack against the npower Championship leaders, the latter bagging a brace on his first start since returning to Blackpool on loan from Swansea last month.

Fellow forward Roman Bednar will remain on the sidelines and the West Brom loanee could miss the rest of the season with damaged knee ligaments.

Captain Barry Ferguson and left-back Stephen Crainey were rested against the Saints and return to manager Ian Holloway's plans.

Blackpool head into the Easter weekend in the play-off places, lying fifth ahead of Brighton and Middlesbrough on goal difference.

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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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