Sky Bet Championship briefing

  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 15:23 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the rest of the weekend's action in the Sky Bet Championship.

Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest host Yeovil on Sunday
Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest host Yeovil on Sunday

Sunday, February 2

Nottingham Forest v Yeovil

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson will be without Ishmael Miller because he is ineligible against his parent club. Strikers Adam Morgan and James Hayter are vying to take his place in the starting XI. Sam Hoskins (groin) remains sidelined while Liam Davis (toe) looks set to miss out once more. Midfielders Ed Upson and Kevin Dawson are pushing for recalls after coming off the bench last time out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Nottm Forest W W D D W; Yeovil L L L W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Andy Reid (Nottm Forest) 9; Ed Upson & James Hayter (Yeovil) 5

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Our verdict: Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil 0

Watford v Brighton

Watford will again be without midfielder Almen Abdi, who lasted just 14 minutes against Nottingham Forest on Thursday before being forced off with a recurrence of his troublesome foot injury. The Hornets are still awaiting international clearance for new signing Daniel Tozser, while Iriney (groin) and Lewis McGugan (thigh) will again be assessed. Essaid Belkalem (ankle) remains sidelined while defender Fitz Hall, who has signed an extended contract at Vicarage Road until the summer, will hope to be involved.

Dale Stephens is in line to make his Brighton debut after Oscar Garcia signed him from Charlton to replace Liam Bridcutt, who has moved to Sunderland, and Andrew Crofts, who has suffered a season-ending cruciate injury. Winger Will Buckley (hamstring) is set to miss out again while long-term absentees Will Hoskins (knee) and Craig Mackail-Smith remain sidelined.

Last season: Brighton 1 Watford 3, Watford 0 Brighton 1

Last five league matches: Watford D W D L D; Brighton W D W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Troy Deeney (Watford) 12; Andrew Crofts & Jose Ulloa (Brighton) 6

Referee: David Webb (County Durham).

Our verdict: Watford 1 Brighton 2


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