Sky Bet League 2 briefings

  • Last Updated: November 30 2013, 14:45 GMT

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

Fleetwood have a clean bill of health to face Oxford
Fleetwood have a clean bill of health to face Oxford

(Current league positions in brackets)

Saturday, November 30

Bristol Rovers (22) v AFC Wimbledon (10)

Seanan Clucas will miss out for Rovers as he waits to determine the extent of the knee injury he suffered while on international duty. Mark McChrystal, Danny Woodards, Jim Paterson, Fabian Broghammer, Garry Kenneth and Ollie Clarke are all sidelined with injuries and Ryan Brunt (knee) looks set to miss out again while Chris Beardsley and John-Joe O'Toole serve three-match bans.

AFC Wimbledon could be unchanged as Will Antwi (hernia), Chris Arthur (ankle) and Charlie Strutton (broken leg) remain as the only absentees. Jim Fenlon, Kevin Saint-Luce and Charlie Sheringham played for the reserves in midweek but they are only likely to make the bench.

Last season: Bristol Rovers 1 AFC Wimbledon 0, AFC Wimbledon 3 Bristol Rovers 1

Last five league matches: Bristol Rovers D W D L D; AFC Wimbledon L W W D D

Top scorers: John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) 6; Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) 9

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Our verdict: Bristol Rovers 1 AFC Wimbledon 2

Dagenham & Redbridge (9) v Wycombe (15)

New loan-signing Lawson D'Ath faces a fitness test ahead of the clash as he struggles to recover from an ankle injury. Fellow midfielder Billy Bingham definitely misses out with a knee injury but skipper Abu Ogogo returns from suspension to boost the Daggers having missed out in midweek.

Gareth Ainsworth is hoping Jo Kuffour (thigh), Kortney Hause and Jon-Paul Pittman (both ankle) will return to training with their Chairboys colleagues by the end of next week but this match comes too soon for the trio. Seb Svard is also ruled out with a thigh problem but loanee Billy Knott will be involved after extending his loan stay.

Last season: Wycombe 1 Dag & Red 0, Dag & Red 3 Wycombe 0

Last five league matches: Dag & Red W L W L D; Wycombe L D L L D

Top scorers: Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 9; Matt McClure & Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 5 Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Our verdict: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Wycombe 0

Exeter (12) v Bury (20)

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale recalled midfielder Matt Grimes to his side for the 1-1 draw at Wycombe in midweek and the youngster looks set to keep his place while the City boss looks certain to start Alan Gow once more after two goals in four days. The likes of Tom Nichols, Arron Davies and Sam Parkin will all hope to get the nod should Tisdale shuffle his pack.

Defender Scott Harrison could make his debut after the Sunderland youngster joined Bury on loan. Captain Andy Procter returns from serving a one-match ban, while Robert Lainton (shoulder) is likely to start on the bench once again following his recovery from injury. John Rooney is unavailable after he joined Skrill Premier side Chester on loan.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Alan Gow (Exeter) 5; Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 6

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Exeter 1 Bury 1

Fleetwood (5) v Oxford (1)

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander has no concerns but could choose to shuffle his pack after slumping to defeat against strugglers Accrington on Tuesday night. On-loan Daniel Carr is in contention to make his debut and fellow striker Jon Parkin could return to the starting line-up, but long-term absentees Jamille Matt (ankle) and David Ball (shoulder) remain out with their respective injuries.

Oxford's Andy Whing will be out until February with his torn groin muscle while Alfie Potter and Jon Meades will also both be missing for a similar amount of time. Sean Rigg is sidelined for a fortnight with a hamstring problem as manager Chris Wilder's injury nightmare shows no sign of letting up.

Last season: Oxford Utd 1 Fleetwood Town 2, Fleetwood Town 3 Oxford Utd 0

Last five league matches: Fleetwood Town W W L W L; Oxford Utd W L W W D

Top scorers: Jamille Matt, Antoni Sarcevic & David Ball (Fleetwood Town) 7; James Constable (Oxford Utd) 7

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Fleetwood 2 Oxford 1

Hartlepool (13) v Portsmouth (18)

Hartlepool midfielder Andy Monkhouse will return to contention after missing out midweek due to a one-game ban. Manager Colin Cooper will have Matty Dolan available again after the Middlesbrough midfielder extended his loan spell while midfield trio Antony Sweeney, Jordan Richards and Brad Walker are all pressing for recalls.

Managerless Portsmouth will check on Patrick Agyemang after the striker missed Pompey's last two matches with a thigh injury. Caretaker boss Andy Awford sprang a surprise by handing 17-year-old defender Jack Whatmough a debut in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Southend at the expense of Bondz N'Gala and the youngster could keep his place.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Hartlepool L W L W L; Portsmouth D W L L L

Top scorers: Luke James (Hartlepool) 10; David Connolly (Portsmouth) 5

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Hartlepool 3 Portsmouth 1

Mansfield (17) v Morecambe (11)

Ritchie Sutton suffered a thigh injury against Burton in midweek and is looking at around six weeks on the sidelines. Like Sutton, midfielder Lee Stevenson was also forced off at the Pirelli Stadium and is a doubt for the Stags but Darryl Westlake is in contention after joining on loan from Sheffield United.

Morecambe will welcome back Andrew Wright and Andy Fleming to their squad after the Shrimps pair both served one-match suspensions after accruing five yellow cards. Goals have been a problem for Jim Bentley's side of late so Jack Redshaw, on the comeback trail from a hip operation, may start for the first time this season.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 10; Padraig Amond & Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) 5 Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).

Our verdict: Mansfield 2 Morecambe 2

Northampton (24) v Accrington (19)

Northampton could hand a debut to new signing Izale McLeod after manager Aidy Boothroyd hinted at a first start following his arrival on Thursday. Chris Hackett will serve a one-match suspension while on-loan midfielder Kane Ferdinand has been recalled and long-term absentees Roy O'Donovan, Kelvin Langmead, Lewis Hornby and Alex Nicholls remain on the sidelines.

In-form Accrington will welcome back veteran full-back Nicky Hunt from suspension and fellow defender Lee Naylor could also return providing bruising on his foot subsides in time for kick-off. Rob Atkinson is a doubt with a hamstring injury while goalkeeper Andrew Dawber will miss out following groin surgery.

Last season: Northampton 2 Accrington Stanley 0, Accrington Stanley 2 Northampton 4 Last five league matches: Northampton D L W L D; Accrington Stanley W D W W W

Top scorers: Luke Norris (Northampton) 6; Kayode Odejayi & Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 4

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex).

Our verdict: Northampton 1 Accrington 3

Plymouth (14) v Burton Albion (7)

Jamie Reckord has recovered from illness and could reclaim a starting berth after Durrell Berry played out of position in midweek. The Pilgrims' midweek draw at Plainmoor saw Reuben Reid net his fifth goal in three games which should see him keep his place for John Sheridan's in-form side.

Jimmy Phillips returns for Burton after serving a one-match suspension and joins new loan signing Benji Siegrist in the Brewers' squad. Rory Delap has resumed light training after almost three months out with a hamstring injury, while striker Michael Symes (groin) will also remain on the sidelines.

Last season: Burton Albion 1 Plymouth 0, Plymouth 1 Burton Albion 2

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

Top scorers: Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 8; Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) 7

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Plymouth 0 Burton Albion 2

Scunthorpe (6) v Torquay (23)

Scunthorpe's new loan signing Marcus Williams could be included but defender Andy Dawson is doubtful after injuring his hip during the midweek. Eddie Nolan replaced Dawson on Tuesday night and could make his first start since September, while loanee Andrew Boyce is hoping to be included, but midfielder Matt Sparrow remains a doubt.

Torquay will travel without Ade Azeez after the striker damaged his hamstring forcing a return to parent club Charlton for treatment. Former Swindon winger Billy Bodin could make his comeback following injury but Ben Harding's foot problem will rule him out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 8; Jordan Chapell (Torquay) 5

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Scunthorpe 2 Torquay 1

Southend (3) v Cheltenham (16)

Cauley Woodrow is suspended for Southend after seeing red just five minutes after coming off the bench as a second-half substitute in Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Portsmouth while matchwinner Barry Corr will be assessed following a painful facial injury. Winger Kevan Hurst is back in the frame having missed the trip to Fratton Park due to suspension.

Striker Kemar Roofe, defender Connor Goldson and winger Toby Ajala could all make their debuts for Cheltenham after joining on loan. And the trio will provide Yates with some selection headaches at Roots Hall after Bristol Rovers made it six league games unbeaten in midweek.

Last season: Southend 1 Cheltenham 2, Cheltenham 1 Southend 3

Last five league matches: Southend L W W W W; Cheltenham D D W D D

Top scorers: Freddy Eastwood & Kevan Hurst (Southend) 5; Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 8

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Our verdict: Southend 3 Cheltenham 2

York (21) v Rochdale (4)

Loan signing Aaron McCarey is expected to go straight into York's starting line-up following the recall of fellow goalkeeper Nick Pope by parent club Charlton, while Michael Ingham remains sidelined with a hip injury. Ryan Bowman sits out the second game of his four-match ban and Dan Parslow remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Rochdale will be without suspended central defenders Olly Lancashire and Jack O'Connell after they both saw red during the midweek defeat to Scunthorpe. Recent loan signing Lee Molyneux could be in line for his full debut as Dale chase back-to-back away league wins.

Last season: York 0 Rochdale 0, Rochdale 2 York 3

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

Top scorers: Ryan Jarvis (York) 8; Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 7

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

Our verdict: Southend 1 Cheltenham 1

Sunday, December 1

Newport (8) v Chesterfield (2)

Our verdict: Newport 2 Chesterfield 1

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