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Home Park (ATT 10,727) 19th April 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Penn

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Teale remains out while Brown set to return

By Ben Collins.   Last Updated: 18/04/08 1:04pm

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Halmosi: Allayed fitness fears

Halmosi: Allayed fitness fears

Plymouth and Preston both have big incentives for winning their Championship clash at Home Park on Saturday.

Plymouth are aiming to get back to winning ways and stay in the race for the play-offs after taking just two points from their last 12 to slip out of the top six.

The Pilgrims remain within five points of the play-off places but with just three games remaining, they must beat Preston to stay in touch.

Preston, meanwhile, travel south knowing victory at Home Park could secure safety with two games left to play.

Survival

That prospect looked a distinct possibility when they lay third-bottom in the Championship following their goalless draw at Watford in February, but a run of six wins in eight games steered the Lilywhites away from the danger zone.

Alan Irvine's men lost 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Barnsley last time out, although striker Chris Brown is set to return alongside Neil Mellor after missing the Barnsley defeat with a thigh strain.

Plymouth are expected to remain without Gary Teale as the on-loan Derby midfielder is yet to recover from a hamstring injury.

Fitness boost

The problem ruled Teale out of Monday's 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday but he should be available for next week's home game against Blackpool.

Peter Halmosi is set to continue in Teale's absence after making a goalscoring return at Hillsborough, and although he went off with a pain in his leg, the Hungarian winger this week allayed fears he needs surgery.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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