Sky Bet League 1 briefing

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 14:20 GMT

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

John Gregory's Crawley host Carlisle on Saturday
John Gregory's Crawley host Carlisle on Saturday

Saturday, February 15

Shrewsbury v Port Vale

Shrewsbury will assess Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (hamstring), Luke Summerfield and Aaron Wildig (both thigh). Shrews, second bottom in League One and four points from safety, are eyeing what would only be a second victory in 12 matches.

Micky Adams could name an unchanged team for Port Vale's trip. Jack Grimmer was partnered by Joe Davis in central defence against Colchester last time out, and after helping to keep a clean sheet, the young pair could retain their places.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Shrewsbury L L L D L; Port Vale L W L L W

Top scorers: Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury) 5; Tom Pope (Port Vale) 12

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

Our verdict: Shrewsbury 1 Port Vale 1

Coventry v Bradford

Nathan Delfouneso may miss out for Coventry with a thigh injury, which could see Carl Baker used as an emergency striker. Mark Marshall (hamstring) is likely to sit out again and Callum Wilson (shoulder) remains sidelined.

Bradford striker Aaron Mclean is hoping to shake off illness to start, while Nathan Doyle is pushing for a recall. Manager Phil Parkinson, who is definitely without Kyel Reid (knee) and James Meredith (foot), will monitor several other players with knocks.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (Coventry) 15; James Hanson (Bradford) 9

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Coventry 2 Bradford 0

Bristol City v Tranmere

Bristol City will be without midfielder Marvin Elliott after he discovered that he not only suffered a broken hand after a clash of heads with Oldham's James Wesolowski last Saturday, but he also sustained a fractured foot which looks to have ended his campaign. Stephen Pearson and Liam Kelly are close to first-team returns after long spells on the sidelines.

Ronnie Moore is blessed with a full-strength Tranmere squad. Moore has options available to him should he wish to mix things up, with Jason Koumas, Ian Goodison and Andy Robinson pushing for starts.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) 18; Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 16

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex)

Our verdict: Bristol City 2 Tranmere 1

Crawley v Carlisle

Crawley could hand debuts to on-loan Crystal Palace youngsters Hiram Boateng and Sullay Kaikai. Dannie Bulman is set to return from a fractured cheekbone that has kept him out since Boxing Day and Andy Drury has overcome a groin niggle, while Gary Dicker could finally make his full Reds bow.

Nacho Novo could make his Carlisle debut if he receives international clearance. Conor Townsend (foot) and fellow defender Chris Chantler (ankle) remain sidelined.

Last season: Crawley Town 1 Carlisle 1, Carlisle 0 Crawley Town 2

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

Top scorers: Joe Walsh & Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) 5; David Amoo (Carlisle) 11

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire)

Our verdict: Crawley 3 Carlisle 1

Crewe v Brentford

Crewe boss Steve Davis expects loanee Uche Ikpeazu to play despite a slight ankle injury. Harry Davis, who has been struggling with a knee problem of late, should be available along with Ollie Turton (knee) and Vadaine Oliver (foot).

Brentford boss Mark Warburton is concerned about the fitness of defensive duo Harlee Dean (groin) and Tony Craig (hand). James Tarkowski could make his debut, while Nico Yennaris (dead leg) is expected to be involved and Sam Saunders (knee) is pushing for a return.

Last season: Crewe 0 Brentford 2, Brentford 5 Crewe 1

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

Top scorers: Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 10; Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 14

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Crewe 2 Brentford 3

MK Dons v Oldham

Ryan Hall could be handed his first MK Dons start after making a five-minute cameo in the impressive win over Walsall last time out. Striker Izale McLeod should keep his place in the side after scoring twice against the Saddlers on his first start since November 23.

Midfielder James Wesolowski (knee) is expected to be available for Oldham. Latics have no other injury concerns and are likely to continue with a central-defensive partnership of Adam Lockwood and James Wilson.

Last season: Oldham 3 Milton Keynes Dons 1, Milton Keynes Dons 2 Oldham 0

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

Top scorers: Ben Reeves (Milton Keynes Dons) 9; Danny Philliskirk (Oldham) 11

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: MK Dons 1 Oldham 0

Preston v Leyton Orient

Preston are hopeful central defender Tom Clarke (thigh) will be available. Teenage forward Josh Brownhill, who has not played since the end of January, could also return as he nears full fitness from a groin problem.

Defender Elliot Omozusi (groin) faces a late fitness test for Leyton Orient. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic has returned on loan to hand the O's a boost with Jamie Jones (back) injured and Ben Alnwick granted time off for personal reasons.

Last season: Preston 0 Leyton Orient 0, Leyton Orient 2 Preston 0

Last five league matches: Preston L D D W W; Leyton Orient W W L L L

Top scorers: Joe Garner (Preston) 16; David Mooney (Leyton Orient) 17

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Our verdict: Preston 2 Leyton Orient 0

Rotherham v Stevenage

Rotherham could have skipper Craig Morgan (foot) and Rob Milsom (back) available. Nicky Adams, a deadline-day signing from Crawley, is eagerly awaiting his debut and given his versatility is pushing both Kieran Agard and Ben Pringle for a spot in Steve Evans' starting XI.

Stevenage should welcome back defender Jon Ashton (groin) and winger Filipe Morais (knock) for the clash. Rock-bottom Boro head into this weekend's action sitting six points adrift of safety.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Kieran Agard (Rotherham) 15; Francois Zoko (Stevenage) 13

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Rotherham 4 Stevenage 1

Wolves v Notts County

Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme returns to contention for Wolves having recovered from a broken bone in his hand. He will battle it out with fellow shot-stopper Aaron McCarey for the starting berth. Midfielder Dave Edwards (foot) is set to rejoin training next week.

Notts County will be boosted by the return of striker Ronan Murray who has completed a three-match suspension. Callum Ball (ankle ligaments) and Gary Liddle miss out, while Dean Leacock could return.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolverhampton L W W W W; Notts County W L L L W

Top scorers: Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton) 18; Callum McGregor (Notts County) 13

Match odds: H 4-9 A 11-2 D 16-5

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Wolves 2 Notts County 0

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