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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

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

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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014

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