Watford V Blackpool at Vicarage Road Stadium : Match Preview

08 March 2013 11:01
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Almunia absent once more

Manuel Almunia again misses out as promotion hopefuls Watford play host to Blackpool.

The goalkeeper has sat out the last two matches with a hamstring injury picked up at Derby and so Jonathan Bond will again start between the sticks.

Substitute Fernando Forestieri bagged a second-half brace to secure a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, pressing his claims for a starting berth against the Seasiders.

Midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and defender Lloyd Doyley were also rested and will be keen to earn recalls.

Neuton, who has not featured since the start of January due to a back injury, this week dislocated a shoulder in training and has been ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Fellow defenders Fitz Hall (hamstring) and Tommie Hoban (ankle) also continue to be sidelined along with midfielder John Eustace (back).

Blackpool will be without forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Taylor-Fletcher sustained a hamstring injury during the first half of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Birmingham and is facing the prospect of six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

On-loan Leicester striker Marko Futacs came on as his replacement at St Andrew's and is poised for a full Seasiders debut.

Reece Wabara will not feature after Blackpool curtailed the right-back's loan spell from Manchester City.

Wabara joined Pool until the end of the season in January following a successful stint at Oldham, but the England Under-20 international was restricted to a solitary substitute appearance in last month's 1-0 defeat to Ipswich.

Midfielder Tiago Gomes has returned to his native Portugal to undergo knee surgery, but the timescale on his recovery is unknown at present.

Bob Harris (toe) is likely to be missing for one to two more weeks, while fellow defender Ian Evatt (knee) is out for the rest of season.

Source: PA