Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: December 13 2013, 17:40 GMT

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

Sean Rigg: Could return to action for Oxford
Sean Rigg: Could return to action for Oxford

Saturday, December 14

AFC Wimbledon (12) v Mansfield (18)

AFC Wimbledon on-loan defender Kevin Feely (hamstring) has been forced to go back to Charlton, while Sammy Moore serves a one-match ban. Will Antwi (hernia), Charlie Strutton (broken leg) and Chris Arthur (ankle) are still out.

Ben Hutchinson and Chris Clements will come back into contention for Mansfield. Stags boss Paul Cox is still without Lee Stevenson (calf) and defender Ritchie Sutton (thigh).

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: AFC Wimbledon W W D D L; Mansfield L L L L L Top scorers: Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) 9; Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 11 Referee: Michael Bull (Essex)

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 1 Mansfield 2

Accrington (19) v Exeter (11)

Accrington welcome Lee Naylor back from a foot injury. Rob Atkinson (hamstring) trained this week but is unlikely to return at this stage. Apart from the absence of young goalkeeper Andrew Dawber, kept out by a groin injury, Stanley have no other injury or suspension concerns to contend with.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale will be without captain Danny Coles who has undergone a knee operation. He joins Matt Oakley, who is ruled out until February, on the sidelines. Jamie Reid stepped up his recovery from a groin injury during midweek while Tom Nichols is pushing for a start having netted his first goal of the season last time out.

Last season: Exeter 2 Accrington Stanley 0, Accrington Stanley 0 Exeter 3 Last five league matches: Accrington Stanley D W W W L; Exeter L L L D D Top scorers: Kayode Odejayi & Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 4; Alan Gow (Exeter) 5

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Accrington 2 Exeter 2

Burton (6) v York (21)

Burton's Adam McGurk will be monitored after the striker was knocked unconscious following a collision with his own goalkeeper last weekend, while Chris Hussey has a tight hamstring and midfielder Jack Dyer (knee) is also a doubt. Rory Delap could feature following a three-month absence but Michael Symes (groin) and Adam Reed (hamstring) are likely to remain unavailable.

York's on-loan goalkeeper Aaron McCarey is expected to retain his place as Michael Ingham continues his recovery from a hip problem. Defender Dan Parslow (knee) is out for the rest of the season and Chris Smith (ankle) remains sidelined while Ryan Bowman sits out the third game of a four-match ban.

Last season: York 3 Burton Albion 0, Burton Albion 3 York 1 Last five league matches: Burton Albion L L W W W; York D D L D D Top scorers: Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) 8; Ryan Jarvis (York) 8

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)

Our verdict: Burton 1 York 2

Bury (20) v Northampton (23)

New Bury boss David Flitcroft has Daniel Nardiello available after he was ineligible last time out. Defender Shaun Beeley missed the FA Cup defeat to Cambridge with a knock but he has returned to training and is expected to play some part.

Loanees Izale McLeod and Stuart Dallas are back in the frame for Northampton after missing last weekend's FA Cup match. Fit-again striker Roy O'Donovan will be hoping for some involvement but long-term absentees Kelvin Langmead (knee), Lewis Hornby (back) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg) remain unavailable.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bury L D D W D; Northampton L W L D W Top scorers: Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 7; Luke Norris (Northampton) 6

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

Our verdict: Bury 1 Northampton 0

Cheltenham (13) v Hartlepool (14)

Twenty-year-old loanee Kemar Roofe is set to make his Cheltenham home bow after impressing during his first two appearances at Southend and Morecambe in recent weeks. The likes of Russ Penn and Jamie Cureton are both pushing for starts against Hartlepool with the latter having played for the final 26 minutes at Morecambe on Saturday.

Hartlepool will be without Jordan Richards who will be sidelined for up to four weeks after undergoing a double hernia operation. Andy Monkhouse returned to the starting line-up after suspension last week and struck the equaliser against Coventry in the FA Cup, so he is expected to retain his place while fellow midfielders Jonathan Franks and Antony Sweeney are pushing for recalls.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Cheltenham W D D D W; Hartlepool W L W L D Top scorers: Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 8; Luke James (Hartlepool) 10

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Cheltenham 1 Hartlepool 1

Chesterfield (2) v Plymouth (16)

Chesterfield's Liam Cooper (ankle) and midfielder Jimmy Ryan (shoulder) are both nursing knocks following the midweek win over Oldham. Callum McFadzean was cup-tied at Boundary Park and comes back into the reckoning along with fellow midfielder Jay O'Shea while Armand Gnanduillet joins Gary Roberts (hamstring), Sam Morsy (knee) and Nathan Smith (ankle) on the sidelines.

Plymouth could be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Jake Cole after he made a quick improvement from shin and ankle bruising suffered in the comfortable FA Cup win over Welling. Defender Maxime Blanchard was also withdrawn against the Skrill Premier side but he too has made a swift recovery from an ankle injury and should be in contention.

Last season: Chesterfield 1 Plymouth 2, Plymouth 0 Chesterfield 1 Last five league matches: Chesterfield D W W D L; Plymouth W D W D L Top scorers: Armand Gnanduillet, Gary Roberts & Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) 5; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 8

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Chesterfield 1 Plymouth 0

Morecambe (10) v Bristol Rovers (22)

Morecambe will be without Alex Kenyon, who serves a one-game ban, while Ryan Williams (hamstring) is a doubt. Defender Chris McCready (illness) is in contention to return but Kevin Ellison's fractured eye socket keeps him out until January.

Bristol Rovers will be without defender Will Packwood on Saturday after he was recalled by Birmingham. Tom Lockyer is expected to play alongside captain Tom Parkes in Packwood's absence. Chris Beardsley and John-Joe O'Toole return to contention having served their three-match bans.

Last season: Morecambe 1 Bristol Rovers 1, Bristol Rovers 0 Morecambe 3 Last five league matches: Morecambe L L D W L; Bristol Rovers W D L D W Top scorers: Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) 6; John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) 6

Referee: Seb Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Morecambe 2 Bristol Rovers 3

Oxford (1) v Dagenham (9)

Oxford winger Sean Rigg could feature having missed the last four matches with a hamstring problem while defender Michael Raynes has recovered from a hip injury. Fit-again captain Jake Wright will also be in the squad but United are still without Alfie Potter, Andy Whing and Jon Meades who are not due back until February.

Dagenham defender Scott Doe collected his fifth booking of the season in the 2-0 win over Wycombe last time out and duly serves an automatic one-match ban. Recent loan-signing Lawson D'Ath is available to make his debut having missed out against Wanderers due to an ankle problem but Billy Bingham has been ruled out for four weeks with a knee injury.

Last season: Dag & Red 0 Oxford Utd 1, Oxford Utd 2 Dag & Red 3 Last five league matches: Oxford Utd L W W D D; Dag & Red L W L D W Top scorers: James Constable (Oxford Utd) 8; Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 10

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Oxford 1 Dagenham 1

Portsmouth (17) v Newport (8)

Portsmouth defender Danny East could make a remarkable comeback just 10 days after fearing he had broken his neck during the 2-2 draw at home to Wycombe. New boss Richie Barker is without Tom Craddock (knee) for his first game in charge while defender Dan Butler is also out and left-back Dan Potts plays the final game of his current loan from West Ham.

Newport will be without injured goalkeeper Jamie Stephens after the 20-year-old suffered a suspected torn hamstring in the 3-0 defeat to Peterborough on Tuesday. Manager Justin Edinburgh is sweating on the fitness of Tom Naylor and Andrew Hughes, who both had to come off in that game with muscle tightness, but Ismail Yakubu is available for selection having returned to full training.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Portsmouth L L L D D; Newport County L W D D W Top scorers: Patrick Agyemang & David Connolly (Portsmouth) 5; Conor Washington & Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 7

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

Our verdict: Portsmouth 1 Newport 3

Rochdale (5) v Fleetwood (7)

Rochdale will be without suspended midfielder Matty Lund but Peter Cavanagh could make his first start since August following his return from an Achilles injury. Bastien Hery, Brian Barry-Murphy and Andrew Tutte are all in contention, while George Donnelly (ankle) remains out.

Fleetwood have no new injury concerns. Boss Graham Alexander is still without injured strike duo Jamille Matt (ankle) and David Ball (shoulder) but full-back Stephen Jordan (groin), who has not played since August, is considered fully fit.

Last season: Fleetwood Town 0 Rochdale 3, Rochdale 0 Fleetwood Town 0 Last five league matches: Rochdale L W W L D; Fleetwood Town W L W L D Top scorers: Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 7; Jamille Matt, Antoni Sarcevic & David Ball (Fleetwood Town) 7

Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland)

Our verdict: Rochdale 1 Fleetwood 2

Torquay (24) v Southend (3)

Torquay striker Jayden Stockley has returned to parent club Bournemouth for treatment on a calf strain he sustained in training. French midfielder Damien Mozika looks set to continue in midfield after impressing since arriving on a non-contract agreement at Plainmoor while John Marquis will partner Elliot Benyon once more.

Will Atkinson (suspension) and Ryan Leonard (hamstring) both return to the fold for high-flying Southend. Striker Cauley Woodrow serves the final game of his three-match ban and so misses out, but Freddy Eastwood will hope for some involvement after recovering from a knee injury.

Last season: Southend 1 Torquay 1, Torquay 1 Southend 4 Last five league matches: Torquay W L L D L; Southend W W W W D Top scorers: Jordan Chapell (Torquay) 5; Kevan Hurst (Southend) 7

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Torquay 0 Southend 2

Wycombe (15) v Scunthorpe (4)

Wycombe will be without Marvin McCoy after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign against Preston last weekend and he will join Charles Dunne on the sidelines. Blackpool loanee Dunne suffered a broken tibia just 14 minutes into that match and now looks set to spend three to four months out so Sam Wood should get the nod in his place.

Scunthorpe's Matt Sparrow has made only one appearance since the end of October due to a recurring hamstring problem and will miss out again, while defender Andy Dawson sustained a hip injury in the recent win at Rochdale. Eddie Nolan returned from a hamstring injury to make his first start since September last Saturday but recent loan signing Marcus Williams could start ahead of him.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wycombe L L D L D; Scunthorpe D L W W W Top scorers: Matt McClure (Wycombe) 6; Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 9

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex)

Our verdict: Wycombe 0 Scunthorpe 0


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