Watford are without captain Jay DeMerit and Henri Lansbury for this afternoon's Championship clash with Cardiff City.

USA international DeMerit is out with a back injury and on loan Arsenal midfielder Lansbury is out with a hip problem.

Ross Jenkins starts in centre midfield and Lee Hodson comes in at right back, with Adrian Mariappa moving to centre half.

Will Hoskins went down with cramp after scoring Watford's winner on Tuesday night but is fine to partner Heidar Helguson up front.

January signings Will Buckley and Stephen McGinn are both on the bench alongside Danny Graham.

Former Hornet Michael Chopra only makes the bench for Cardiff after serving a two-match suspension and Gabor Gyepes is fit to start at centre back for City.

Watford: Loach; Hodson, Mariappa, Taylor, Doyley; Cleverley, Eustace, Jenkins, Cowie; Hoskins, Helguson.

Subs: Lee, Bennett, Harley, McGinn, Bryan, Buckley, Graham.

Cardiff City: Marshall; Rae, Gyepes, Blake, Kennedy; Whittingham, McPhail, Quinn, Burke; McCormack, Bothroyd.

Subs: Enckelman, Capaldi, Matthews, Wildig, Taiwo, Feeney, Chopra.

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