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Sky Bet Championship: Blackpool v Watford team news

Jose Riga admits he has little scope to make changes to his winless Blackpool team against Watford at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

The Seasiders earned their first point of the season against Wolves in a 0-0 home draw on Saturday, but are still missing Steven Davies (groin), Jacob Mellis and Gary MacKenzie (both knee) through injury.

"We don't have many solutions, but we have some solutions," Riga said. "It's about building the most competitive team. I will be 10 times happier if we can get our first win."

Jose Miguel Cubero played the full 90 minutes as Costa Rica won the Central American Cup in Los Angeles on Saturday, but the midfielder is still yet to complete his work permit application anyway.

Watford have travelled north without their head coach Oscar Garcia, who was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening suffering with chest pains.

Assistant coaches Ruben Martinez and Javier Pereira will instead take charge, and they have injury doubts over Fernando Forestieri and Gianni Munari (both hamstring).

Midfielder Keith Andrews has been ruled out after he suffered a calf injury during the warm-up ahead of Garcia's first match as Hornets boss, Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Charlton.

Defender Craig Cathcart hopes to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Blackpool v Watford team news


  • Jose Riga admits he has little scope to make changes to his winless Blackpool team against Watford at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

  • Championship: Watford head coach Oscar Garcia suffers health scare


  • Watford head coach Oscar Garcia will not take charge of the team for Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship game at Blackpool after suffering minor chest pains.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Watford boss Oscar Garcia bemoans finishing after Charlton defeat


  • Watford boss Oscar Garcia bemoaned his side's finishing as his reign began with a 1-0 defeat at Charlton, whose boss Bob Peeters was pleased with the determination shown.

  • Championship: Charlton claim 1-0 win against local rivals Watford at The Valley


  • A Yoni Buyens penalty was enough for Charlton to a 1-0 victory over rivals Watford at The Valley in the Championship on Saturday.

  • European Qualifiers: Watford midfielder Ikechi Anya revels in Scotland goal against Germany


  • Watford winger Ikechi Anya has admitted his goal for Scotland against world champions Germany was the highlight of his career.

  • Transfer news: Gordon Strachan believes Ikechi Anya should be at top club


  • Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was surprised to see Celtic and top Premier League clubs overlook Ikechi Anya in the summer transfer window.

  • Championship: Watford boss Oscar Garcia will not move for Brighton coach Nathan Jones


  • New Watford boss Oscar Garcia will not be raiding his former club Brighton for first-team coach Nathan Jones.

  • Championship: New Watford boss Oscar Garcia not under pressure to reach play-offs


  • New Watford boss Oscar Garcia insists he is under no pressure to reach the play-offs this season.

  • Championship: Oscar Garcia speaks to Watford players about Beppe Sannino fall-out


  • Oscar Garcia has held talks with his new Watford players to get to the root of their apparent fall-out with former boss Beppe Sannino.

  • Championship Chat: Cellino at fault


  • James Dixon blasts Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino and the Watford players - and reviews the Championship deals in the transfer window.

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