Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: September 13 2013, 15:14 BST

Team news, statistics and our verdict for this weekend's action in Sky Bet League 2.

Ian Evatt: Likely to return to the starting line-up for Chesterfield
Ian Evatt: Likely to return to the starting line-up for Chesterfield

Saturday, September 14

Burton v Portsmouth

Burton will be without Ian Sharps, who begins a three-match ban. Summer signing Phil Edwards could start his first game at centre-half since joining the club, but Alex McDonald and Billy Kee continue to nurse calf and thigh problems respectively.

Portsmouth striker Tom Craddock (knee) is rated as doubtful but fellow forward David Connolly completes a three-match ban for his red card against Chesterfield last month. Defender Marcos Painter is fit after three weeks out with a hamstring injury and should start.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Burton Albion W W D W L; Portsmouth D W D L D

Top scorers: Chris Hussey (Burton Albion) 3; David Connolly (Portsmouth) 4 Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Our verdict: Burton 2 Portsmouth 1

Cheltenham v Oxford

Cheltenham defender Ryan Inniss (calf) could play some part after a scan gave him the all clear but Troy Brown (hamstring) and Craig Braham-Barrett (ankle) both miss out again. Steve Elliott (jaw) could feature once more while Jamie Cureton (shoulder) will be in the squad.

Oxford will assess James Constable after the striker limped off in the second half of their 2-0 win at Burton. Boss Chris Wilder has Deane Smalley fit again and Ryan Williams is also pushing for a start.

Last season: Oxford Utd 1 Cheltenham 0, Cheltenham 2 Oxford Utd 1

Last five league matches: Cheltenham L L W L D; Oxford Utd W W D D W

Top scorers: Matt Richards & Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 3; Alfie Potter, Danny Rose & Deane Smalley (Oxford Utd) 3

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Our verdict: Cheltenham 1 Oxford 1

Chesterfield v AFC Wimbledon

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has a selection dilemma after club captain Ian Evatt returned as an unused substitute for the first time last weekend. Eoin Doyle is also pressing for a start but Nathan Smith (ankle) is unlikely to be included.

AFC Wimbledon will patch up Andy Frampton after the defender needed four stitches during last weekend's win at York. Rhys Weston (hamstring) will be assessed while fellow defender Will Antwi (hernia) is still out.

Last season: Chesterfield 2 AFC Wimbledon 0, AFC Wimbledon 1 Chesterfield 0

Last five league matches: Chesterfield W D W W W; AFC Wimbledon W L W W W

Top scorers: Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) 3; Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) 4

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Chesterfield 3 AFC Wimbledon 1

Dagenham v Bristol Rovers

Dagenham's Luke Wilkinson and Matt Saunders will both continue their search for game time having come back from injury. Striker Rhys Murphy will again be available after recovering from a back problem but Gianluca Gracco has left the Daggers by mutual consent.

Bristol Rovers' new signing Andy Bond looks set to make his debut for the Pirates after joining from Colchester on Thursday. Striker Eliot Richards (hamstring) returns while long-term absentees Garry Kenneth and Matt Gill could feature after coming through a development game unscathed.

Last season: Dag & Red 2 Bristol Rovers 4, Bristol Rovers 0 Dag & Red 1 Last five league matches: Dag & Red W D D L D; Bristol Rovers D L W W L Top scorers: Abu Ogogo, Rhys Murphy & Josh Scott (Dag & Red) 2; David Clarkson & Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) 2

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)

Our verdict: Dagenham 1 Bristol Rovers 0

Fleetwood v Bury

Fleetwood boast a clean bill of health as they look to record back-to-back wins at Highbury. Graham Alexander's side moved up to fourth with a 4-1 victory over Torquay, leaving the Cod Army with a fully-fit squad.

Bury have Tom Soares available again following his recovery from a thigh problem. On-loan full-back Shaun Beeley is not allowed to feature against his parent club while midfielder Craig Jones picked up a knock last weekend and is a doubt.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Fleetwood Town W L W L W; Bury L W D W L

Top scorers: Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) 4; Anton Forrester (Bury) 3

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Fleetwood 3 Bury 2

Hartlepool v Accrington

Hartlepool's Brad Walker will undergo a late fitness test after picking up an ankle injury last week. Manager Colin Cooper is hoping midfielder Antony Sweeney returns to contention after missing the last five games due to a calf problem.

New loanee Kayode Odejayi is in line for his Accrington debut while fellow striker Danny Webber (hamstring) is doubtful. Ian Dunbavin and full-back Nicky Hunt head an extensive Stanley injury list.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Hartlepool L D L D L; Accrington Stanley D L L L L

Top scorers: Christian Burgess, Neil Austin, James Poole, Jonathan Franks, Jack Compton, Nialle Rodney & Luke James (Hartlepool) 1; Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 2

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)

Our verdict: Hartlepool 1 Accrington 0

Newport v Morecambe

Newport are set to hand new signing Billy Jones his debut after he arrived on Thursday as cover for Andy Sandell, who is sidelined for three months with a foot injury. Lee Minshull was shown a straight red card in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Mansfield and will serve a three-game ban.

Defender Robbie Threlfall will start a three-match suspension for Morecambe. Chris McCready (broken collarbone) and Jack Redshaw (hip) remain out.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Newport County L W D D D; Morecambe D L W W W

Top scorers: Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 4; Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) 3

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Newport 2 Morecambe 2

Northampton v Exeter

Northampton midfielder Ian Morris is rated as 50/50 having missed the last three matches with a groin injury. Winger Ishmel Demontagnac is still suspended while Lewis Hornby (back) faces a further spell on the sidelines, alongside Kelvin Langmead and Alex Nicholls.

Exeter are waiting on striker John O'Flynn, who is close to making his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Last season: Exeter 3 Northampton 0, Northampton 3 Exeter 0

Last five league matches: Northampton W L L L D; Exeter D W L W D

Top scorers: Roy O'Donovan & Jacob Blyth (Northampton) 2; Alan Gow, Sam Parkin & John O'Flynn (Exeter) 2

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire)

Our verdict: Northampton 0 Exeter 1

Plymouth v Wycombe

Plymouth have been boosted by the return to fitness of Paul Wotton (ribs) after the 36-year-old played 80 minutes of a midweek friendly. Curtis Nelson has completed a one-match suspension and is another option for manager John Sheridan.

Wycombe will be boosted by the return of defender Charles Dunne after he completed a three-game suspension while Josh Scowen's injury will be assessed. Dean Morgan (illness) missed the win at Hartlepool but he looks set to return.

Last season: Plymouth 0 Wycombe 1, Wycombe 1 Plymouth 1

Last five league matches: Plymouth L W W L W; Wycombe L L D W W

Top scorers: Lewis Alessandra & Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 3; Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 3 Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Plymouth 0 Wycombe 2

Rochdale v Torquay

Rochdale will be without skipper Peter Cavanagh (Achilles) and fellow midfielder Peter Vincenti (suspended). Brian Barry-Murphy and Matty Done are expected to deputise for the absent duo.

Torquay will be boosted by the return of Welsh winger Billy Bodin from international duty. Martin Rice will start in goal once more with injured Michael Poke targeting a return to action in next Tuesday's Devon Bowl clash with Ilfracombe. Elliot Benyon (foot) hopes to be available but defender Kirtys McKenzie will miss out once more.

Last season: Rochdale 1 Torquay 0, Torquay 4 Rochdale 2

Last five league matches: Rochdale L D L D W; Torquay D L W D L

Top scorers: Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 3; Jordan Chapell (Torquay) 3

Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Rochdale 2 Torquay 1

York v Mansfield

York will include new signings Josh Carson and Elliott Whitehouse in their squad. Strikers Richard Cresswell (eye) and Wes Fletcher (ankle) plus defender David McGurk (hamstring) remain doubtful and face late fitness tests. Forward Ryan Jarvis (cut head) could miss out.

Striker Matt Rhead will miss Mansfield's trip as he serves a one-match ban. Anthony Howell returned to the squad at Newport and Kieran Murtagh is not too far away from full fitness, leaving goalkeeper Ian Deakin (dislocated shoulder) as the only injury absentee.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: York L D L L L; Mansfield D W D W D

Top scorers: Ryan Jarvis (York) 4, ; Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 2

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

Our verdict: York 0 Mansfield 1


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