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Blackpool expect to be without Craig Cathcart and Kevin Phillips when they host Brighton in Saturday's Championship clash.

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Craig Cathcart: Major doubt with calf injury

Craig Cathcart: Major doubt with calf injury

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Centre-back Cathcart suffered a calf injury during the warm-up for last weekend's Lancashire derby defeat to Burnley and missed the 2-2 midweek draw against Nottingham Forest as a result.

Ian Evatt played in his place on both occasions despite nursing a knee injury of his own.

Veteran striker Phillips continues to struggle with a calf strain and remains a major doubt.

Elliot Grandin is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to net the Seasiders' first goal against Forest.

Blackpool are without a win in three league games but will go above 10th-placed Brighton with a victory.

Brighton midfielder Andrea Orlandi is expected to be back in contention.

The set-piece specialist has missed the last two matches, including Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Championship leaders Leicester, with a troublesome calf injury.

Orlandi's countryman Vicente is still ruled out, as he makes slow progress in his recovery from a thigh tendon injury, but winger Will Buckley returned to the Brighton ranks at the King Power Stadium, after regaining full fitness following a broken foot, and he looks set to keep David Lopez out of the starting line-up.

Dean Hammond is pressing for a start after dropping to the bench against the Foxes.

Boss Gus Poyet has warned his team he will look to the loan market if the Seagulls cannot end their recent goal drought.

The side have now gone five games without a win and have only found the net once during that time, missing a penalty in the defeat to Leicester.

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Championship Fixtures

Wednesday, 01 October 2014
19:45
Leeds v Reading
Wolves v Huddersfld
20:00
Fulham v Bolton
Friday, 03 October 2014
19:45
Blackpool v Cardiff  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
12:15
Leeds v Sheff Wed  
15:00
Blackburn v Huddersfld  
Bolton v Bournemth  
Brentford v Reading  
Charlton v Birmingham  
Derby v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

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

Updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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