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Watford v Blackpool preview

Defender Lucas Neill is in line to make his Watford bow at home to Blackpool on Saturday.

The Australia captain this week joined the Hornets on a short-term deal until the end of the season and will be bidding to make his debut against a Blackpool side who are winless in 16 matches in all competitions.

Striker Fernando Forestieri remains a doubt due to his hamstring injury while Fitz Hall (Achilles), Almen Abdi (foot) and Lewis McGugan (thigh) continue to miss out.

Defender Joel Ekstrand starts a two-match suspension having picked up his 10th booking of the season in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Bolton, while midfielder Samba Diakite completes his three-game ban.

Jack Robinson and Tony McMahon are both suspended for Blackpool.

On-loan full-back Robinson was sent off for the third time this season in last Saturday's 2-1 loss to Birmingham and will now serve a three-game suspension.

Meanwhile, fellow defender McMahon will serve a two-match ban after accruing 10 yellow cards. Caretaker boss Barry Ferguson brought in Kevin Foley on Thursday to compensate for the loss of his two defenders and he could slot straight in.

The Seasiders do not have any injury problems, although Tom Barkhuizen is only just back training from a shoulder injury.