Sky Bet League 1 briefing

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

Team news, statistics and our verdict for this weekend's action in Sky Bet League 1.

Charlie Lee: Misses out for Gillingham
Charlie Lee: Misses out for Gillingham

Saturday, September 14

Bradford v Colchester

Bradford striker Andy Gray could be included in the squad for the first time this season after recovering from a broken arm. Defender Rory McArdle returns from international duty and will be vying with fit-again Luke Oliver for a place in the starting line-up.

Jeffrey Monakana is poised to make his debut for depleted Colchester after arriving on loan from Preston on Thursday.

Magnus Okuonghae (suspended) misses out while Sanchez Watt (thigh) and Ryan Dickson (illness) will again be assessed, but Gavin Massey (hamstring) and Freddie Sears (groin) are hopeful of making their returns.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bradford W L W D W; Colchester W D D L L

Top scorers: Nahki Wells (Bradford) 7; Jabo Ibehre & Freddie Sears (Colchester) 2

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Our verdict: Bradford 2 Colchester 0

Bristol City v Peterborough

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll is sweating over the fitness of Bobby Reid, who is suffering with an Achilles problem.

Defender Derrick Williams (hamstring) has recovered while Jamaica midfielder Marvin Elliott looks unlikely to feature following his midweek international commitments.

Peterborough's Tommy Rowe could return to the squad after an ankle injury kept him out at Crewe.

Joe Newell continues his recovery from a broken hand and could feature should Darren Ferguson shuffle his pack.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bristol City D L L D D; Peterborough W W W L D

Top scorers: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas & Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 5; Lee Tomlin (Peterborough) 6

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

Our verdict: Bristol City 1 Peterborough 1

Carlisle v Sheffield United

Carlisle are expected to be without Sean O'Hanlon (groin) again while Mansfield's Paul Black and Manchester United's Reece James have returned to their parent clubs. Leon McSweeney and Conor Townsend should retain their places after both making their debuts last week.

Sheffield United will monitor Jamie Murphy after he missed last weekend's defeat to Rotherham with a muscle injury. George Long and Sean McGinty have both returned from international duty while Febian Brandy serves the final game of his three-match ban.

Last season: Sheff Utd 0 Carlisle 0, Carlisle 1 Sheff Utd 3

Last five league matches: Carlisle L L D D L; Sheff Utd L D L L L

Top scorers: David Amoo (Carlisle) 4; Jose Baxter (Sheff Utd) 3

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Carlisle 1 Sheffield United 1

Crawley v Shrewsbury

Crawley will be without Gary Alexander when they host Shrewsbury after the veteran striker was sent off against Gillingham. Boss Richie Barker welcomes back defender Joe Walsh from international duty while midfielder Mike Jones returns from suspension.

Shrewsbury defensive duo Tamika Mkandawire and Dave Winfield are both closing in on returns. Mkandawire (hamstring) was forced off early on in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Oldham while Winfield is yet to feature this season due to a similar complaint.

Last season: Shrewsbury 3 Crawley Town 0, Crawley Town 2 Shrewsbury 2

Last five league matches: Crawley Town D L L W W; Shrewsbury D L W D D

Top scorers: Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) 4; Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury) 3 Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Our verdict: Crawley 2 Shrewsbury 0

Crewe v Walsall

Highly-rated Crewe forward Ryan Colclough misses out after failing to overcome a chest infection and hip injury while full-back Matt Tootle remains a doubt. Goalkeeper Alan Martin (hip) will miss another week and Mathias Pogba (knee) is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation.

Walsall boast a virtually fully-fit squad as they travel aiming to end a five-match winless sequence. Reserve goalkeeper Shane Lewis is the only absentee having been unavailable for the last four matches due to an ankle injury.

Last season: Crewe 2 Walsall 0, Walsall 2 Crewe 2

Last five league matches: Crewe L W L L D; Walsall W W D L L

Top scorers: Ryan Colclough, Harry Davis & Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 2; Craig Westcarr (Walsall) 3

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)

Our verdict: Crewe 1 Walsall 1

Leyton Orient v Port Vale

Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney are set to be recalled to the O's starting line-up despite Shaun Batt's impressive hat-trick last week. Scott Cuthbert and Dean Cox were also rested against the Gills but should return.

Port Vale will assess Dan Jones after he missed the last two matches with a groin strain. Louis Dodds, Ben Williamson and Chris Birchall all made their first league starts of the season at Carlisle but Micky Adams could still make changes.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Leyton Orient W W W W W; Port Vale L W L L W

Top scorers: David Mooney & Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) 5; Tom Pope (Port Vale) 4

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire)

Our verdict: Leyton Orient 2 Port Vale 1

MK Dons v Notts County

Lee Hodson, Samir Carruthers (both international duty) and Tom Flanagan (ankle) all return to contention for MK Dons.

Daniel Powell (ankle) and Dean Bowditch (groin) remain sidelined through injury, the latter returned to training this week while Powell is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation.

Notts County will check on Alan Sheehan (hamstring), Enoch Showunmi (back), Haydn Hollis and Danny Haynes before they travel.

Forwards Marcus Haber and Jack Grealish are available to make their debuts having arrived on loan from Stevenage and Aston Villa respectively.

Last season: Notts County 1 Milton Keynes Dons 2, Milton Keynes Dons 1 Notts County 1

Last five league matches: Milton Keynes Dons W D D W D; Notts County L L D L L

Top scorers: Patrick Bamford (Milton Keynes Dons) 5; Yoann Arquin (Notts County) 3

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Our verdict: MK Dons 1 Notts County 0

Preston v Stevenage

Unbeaten Preston will have Chris Humphrey back from international duty while Kevin Davies and Stuart Beavon should be partnered in attack. Jack King (foot) remains sidelined and Jeffrey Monakana has gone to Colchester on loan.

Stevenage midfielder James Dunne is out for a fortnight and striker Darius Charles is a doubt (ankle). Winger Lucas Akins faces another couple of months on the sidelines while defender Ben Chorley is not yet ready to return from a groin problem.

Last season: Preston 2 Stevenage 0, Stevenage 1 Preston 4

Last five league matches: Preston D D D W W; Stevenage L L W D D

Top scorers: Tom Clarke, Joel Byrom & Chris Humphrey (Preston) 2; Greg Tansey & Filipe Morais (Stevenage) 2

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Preston 1 Stevenage 2

Rotherham v Oldham

Rotherham look set to be without Craig Morgan (ankle) and Michael O'Connor (groin) but have Kari Arnason (international duty) and Mark Bradley (groin) available. Striker Daniel Nardiello has shaken off a slight hamstring strain, but David Worrall (groin) is unlikely to be fit.

Oldham could be without key defender James Tarkowski after he picked up a leg injury against Preston on Monday. Latvian midfielder Edijs Joksts injured his knee in a reserve game in midweek and is a doubt, while full-back Connor Brown (knee) will definitely be out. Albert Rusnak is available again after international duty.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Rotherham D W D W W; Oldham L L W L L

Top scorers: Lee Frecklington & Kieran Agard (Rotherham) 3; Adam Rooney (Oldham) 3

Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland)

Our verdict: Rotherham 2 Oldham 2

Tranmere v Brentford

Tranmere defender Ian Goodison is expected to be fit despite coming off against Stevenage last week with a hamstring injury. Long-term absentees Andy Robinson (groin), Jake Kirby (ankle), James Wallace (knee) and Jason Koumas (groin) are all out.

Richard Lee could make a shock return following a six-month lay-off with a shoulder injury. Defender Martin Taylor is set for his debut after joining from Sheffield Wednesday and midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira could also be involved having arrived from Liverpool.

Last season: Brentford 1 Tranmere 2, Tranmere 1 Brentford 1

Last five league matches: Tranmere D L L W D; Brentford W D W D L

Top scorers: Joe Thompson, Andy Robinson & Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 2; Farid El Alagui (Brentford) 5

Referee: Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Tranmere 1 Brentford 3

Wolves v Swindon

Wolves captain Sam Ricketts is a doubt after picking up a knee problem while on international duty but Kenny Jackett is hoping he will be fit enough to play. Defender George Elokobi is not far away from making his return from a hamstring injury while midfielder Dave Edwards is also closing in on his comeback after a foot problem.

Swindon will be without defender Nathan Byrne who will serve the first game of a three-match ban. Aaron Oakley continues his recovery from a broken foot and misses out while new signing Dany N'Guessan looks likely to be involved again after manager Mark Cooper praised his display last weekend.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolverhampton D W W W W; Swindon W L D W D

Top scorers: Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton) 4; Ryan Mason (Swindon) 3 Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire)

Our verdict: Wolves 2 Swindon 2

Sunday, September 15

Coventry v Gillingham

Coventry boss Steven Pressley is expected to boast a full-strength squad. Left-back Blair Adams returned from a hamstring injury last time out and, with no new injury or suspension problems, Pressley could send out an unchanged XI.

Charlie Lee will serve a one-match suspension when Gillingham travel to Sixfields on Sunday but Michael Harriman's return from international duty with the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 squad provides a direct replacement. Leon Legge (back) could recover in time while striker Cody McDonald (illness) is expected to return.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Coventry W W D D W; Gillingham L D D D L

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (Coventry) 8; Danny Kedwell & Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) 2

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Our verdict: Coventry 3 Gillingham 1


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