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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 14,747) 16th August 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Whitestone

Watford Watford vs West Ham United West Ham

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C Cole (71)
S Parker (90+1)

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Last Updated: 15/08/11 5:32pm

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McGinn: Still recovering knee injury

McGinn: Still recovering knee injury

Sean Dyche continues to have an almost fully-fit squad as his Watford side welcome the Hammers.

Midfielder Stephen McGinn remains the only absentee as he continues his recovery from a long-standing knee injury.

Despite defeat, Dyche was able to take plenty of positives from Saturday's 1-0 home reverse to Derby and will not be tempted into many, if any, changes.

He kept faith with the same XI who started the opening weekend's 2-2 draw at Burnley, although Troy Deeney once again replaced Chris Iwelumo for the final 20 minutes and the former Walsall striker will be pushing for a start.

Summer signing David Mirfin came on for the final couple of minutes against the Rams to make his debut, while midfielder Prince Buaben is still waiting for his Hornets bow.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole could be in line to start his first match of the season.

The striker has come on as a substitute in the opening two games with boss Sam Allardyce saying he was short of match fitness.

But Cole put in a lively cameo in Saturday's 1-0 win at Doncaster and is pushing Frederic Piquionne for the lone striker's role.

Another forward, John Carew, has a week's training behind him after joining from Aston Villa and his fitness will be assessed along with George McCartney, who rejoined from Sunderland last week.

Winger Julien Faubert could be added to the squad after a hamstring injury but, Cole aside, Allardyce is set to stick with the side which secured their first win of the season at the weekend.

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2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6