Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: May 2 2014, 14:20 BST

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

Wycome need a win at Torquay on the last day
Wycome need a win at Torquay on the last day

Saturday, May 3

Accrington Stanley v AFC Wimbledon

Lee Molyneux is unavailable for Accrington after the Crewe midfielder's loan spell expired, while fellow loanees Adam Buxton and goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli are scheduled to make their final appearances for the club.

Ross Worner returns in goal for AFC Wimbledon. Winger Kevin Sainte-Luce is struggling with a knee injury, while Rhys Weston (knee) and Charlie Strutton (broken leg) are long-term absentees. Striker Charlie Sheringham is available having returned from Salisbury.

Last season: Accrington Stanley 4 AFC Wimbledon 0, AFC Wimbledon 1 Accrington Stanley 2 Last five league matches: Accrington Stanley L D D L W; AFC Wimbledon D W D W L Top scorers: Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) 10; Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) 12 Match odds: H 23-20 A 23-10 D 21-10

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Accrington Stanley 1 AFC Wimbledon 0

Bristol Rovers v Mansfield

Bristol Rovers have no fresh injury worries as they chase the point needed to secure their safety. Seanan Clucas will hope to keep his place in the starting line-up having teed-up David Clarkson's winning goal at Adams Park and boss Darrell Clarke could name an unchanged XI.

Matt Rhead will miss out following his red card against Torquay last weekend and joins the injured Ryan Tafazolli (hip), Alan Marriott (dislocated finger) and Ian Deakin (hip) on the sidelines. Right-back Darryl Westlake is fit again after a hamstring problem.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bristol Rovers D L L L W; Mansfield W W D L L Top scorers: John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) 15; Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 13 Match odds: H 17-20 A 3-1 D 12-5

Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands)

Our verdict: Bristol Rovers 2 Mansfield 0

Cheltenham v Dagenham & Redbridge

Cheltenham could hand Joe Hanks his first start for the club after an impressive second-half display in the 2-0 defeat at Rochdale last Saturday. Fellow youth products Zack Kotwica and Harry Williams will also hope to be involved as the Robins look to end a forgettable campaign on a high.

Wayne Burnett could welcome back forward Ade Azeez, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury. Chris Dickson has been absent due to personal reasons and the Daggers hope he too is available. Sean Shields could be given his first start in four.

Last season: Dag & Red 1 Cheltenham 0, Cheltenham 2 Dag & Red 0 Last five league matches: Cheltenham L D L W L; Dag & Red L L W L L Top scorers: Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 15; Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13 Match odds: H 23-20 A 23-10 D 21-10

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Our verdict: Cheltenham 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 3

Chesterfield v Fleetwood

Chesterfield will be without Liam Cooper when they go for the Sky Bet League Two title. Cooper is nursing a badly swollen ankle sustained in last week's win against Burton. Midfielder Daniel Kearns also came off injured at the Pirelli Stadium and will be assessed.

Graham Alexander has hinted he could make changes for Fleetwood's trip. Midfielder Jeff Hughes (broken leg) is definitely out, but Adam Barton might make the first appearance of his loan spell. The Cod Army will finish fourth, regardless of how they fare at the Proact Stadium.

Last season: Fleetwood Town 1 Chesterfield 3, Chesterfield 1 Fleetwood Town 2 Last five league matches: Chesterfield D W D W W; Fleetwood Town W D W W D Top scorers: Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) 13; Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) 14 Match odds: H 5-6 A 3-1 D 12-5

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Chesterfield 2 Fleetwood 1

Hartlepool v Exeter

Hartlepool winger Jack Barmby is doubtful for the home game against Exeter due to an ear infection. Simon Walton sits out the second game of his four-match ban, while Andy Monkhouse (hamstring) faces a late fitness test.

Exeter look set to hand debuts to youngsters Ollie Watkins and Jordan Tillson, who have been pushing for involvement in recent weeks. David Wheeler and Aaron Dawson look likely to be involved from the outset along with player-of-the-year Matt Grimes and striker Tom Nichols.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Hartlepool L L L W D; Exeter L D D L W Top scorers: Luke James (Hartlepool) 16; Eliot Richards (Exeter) 10 Match odds: H 23-20 A 11-5 D 11-5

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

Our verdict: Hartlepool 1 Exeter 3

Morecambe v Bury

Jordan Mustoe is unlikely to feature for Morecambe as he has a hamstring strain, which forced him off in last Saturday's 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon. Stewart Drummond (toe) will also remain sidelined, while on-loan midfielder Jamie Devitt may make his last appearance.

Reice Charles-Cook could be Bury's goalkeeper after the club confirmed Brian Jensen would be leaving the JD Stadium this summer. Daniel Nardiello completes a two-match suspension, while loanee Chris Hussey was recalled by parent club Burton this week.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Morecambe L D D L W; Bury W D W L D Top scorers: Padraig Amond (Morecambe) 11; Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 16 Match odds: H 13-8 A 8-5 D 21-10

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Morecambe 1 Bury 2

Newport v Rochdale

Newport will be without Andy Sandell after he damaged shoulder ligaments at York last Saturday. Aaron O'Connor is hoping to rekindle his strike partnership with Christian Jolley, while defender Darcy Blake looks set to start what could be his final game for the club.

Rochdale will look to clinch the Sky Bet League Two title without leading goalscorer Scott Hogan, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Strikers Joe Bunney and George Cummins, plus midfielder Peter Cavanagh are among those pushing for recalls.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Newport County L W D D L; Rochdale D L L W W Top scorers: Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 13; Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 19 Match odds: H 12-5 A 21-20 D 9-4

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

Our verdict: Newport 1 Rochdale 0

Northampton v Oxford

Northampton boss Chris Wilder has no fresh injury concerns for the clash with former club Oxford. The Cobblers are three points clear of 23rd-placed Wycombe and could stick with the team that won at Dagenham to lift Northampton out of the relegation zone for the first time since September.

Oxford have lost their last three games and changes could be afoot following last week's disappointing home defeat to Accrington. Boss Gary Waddock admits he is tempted to throw some of his young players into action against the Cobblers, but wants to end the season on a high.

Last season: Northampton 1 Oxford Utd 0, Oxford Utd 2 Northampton 1 Last five league matches: Northampton W W D L W; Oxford Utd L W L L L Top scorers: Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6; James Constable (Oxford Utd) 12 Match odds: H 17-20 A 10-3 D 12-5

Referee: Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Northampton 2 Oxford 2

Portsmouth v Plymouth

Romain Padovani is set to return to the Portsmouth squad after recovering from the calf problem which has kept him out for the last six weeks. Winger Andy Barcham (thigh), midfielder Simon Ferry (back) and striker Ryan Bird (groin) will miss the season finale though.

Plymouth's Paul Wotton will hope to make his 491st appearance for the Pilgrims, which would see him draw level with Sammy Black as the club's all-time record appearance holder. Marvin Morgan will not be involved following his collapse in training last week, but top scorer Reuben Reid could return.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Portsmouth W W W W D; Plymouth W L L L D Top scorers: Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) 11; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 20 Match odds: H 21-20 A 12-5 D 9-4

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Our verdict: Portsmouth 1 Plymouth 0

Scunthorpe v York

Scunthorpe's Sean McAllister is hoping to return after being sidelined since sustaining a collarbone injury at the end of March. Marcus Williams (groin) will be monitored, but otherwise boss Russ Wilcox has a full-strength squad to choose from.

York have no fresh problems and boss Nigel Worthington will be keen to maintain his side's momentum heading into the play-offs with hopes of a fifth-placed finish. Midfielder Josh Carson, forward Wes Fletcher and defender Dan Parslow (all knee) remain sidelined.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Scunthorpe W D D W L; York D D W W W Top scorers: Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 23; Wes Fletcher (York) 13 Match odds: H 5-6 A 16-5 D 11-5

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

Our verdict: Scunthorpe 0 York 0

Southend v Burton

Southend boss Phil Brown is considering making changes after the Shrimpers confirmed a top-seven finish. Freddy Eastwood and Lee Barnard will provide options, while youngsters Conor Clifford and Adam Thompson will also be keen for a chance to impress.

Burton boss Gary Rowett will give some of his fringe players a run-out ahead of Albion's forthcoming play-off campaign. Adam McGurk (groin) is close to a return after missing the last three fixtures, but Jimmy Phillips and Damien McCrory (both knee) will not play again this season.

Last season: Burton Albion 2 Southend 0, Southend 0 Burton Albion 1 Last five league matches: Southend W L W W D; Burton Albion W L W D L Top scorers: Barry Corr & Kevan Hurst (Southend) 12; Billy Kee (Burton Albion) 14 Match odds: H 1-1 A 13-5 D 11-5

Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Southend 1 Burton 2

Torquay v Wycombe

Torquay will be without winger Billy Bodin when they bid farewell to the Football League. The Welshman is set for surgery on his knee, which could keep him out of action for up to six months. Striker Shaquile Coulthirst has returned to Tottenham after suffering ankle ligament damage.

Aaron Pierre has shrugged off a head injury and will feature for a Wycombe side who need three points and hope Bristol Rovers or Northampton slip up to secure survival. Boss Gareth Ainsworth will assess Paris Cowan-Hall (ankle) and Dean Morgan (groin), but Gary Doherty and Jon-Paul Pittman are both out.

Last season: Torquay 1 Wycombe 2, Wycombe 2 Torquay 1 Last five league matches: Torquay L W L W W; Wycombe W L D L L Top scorers: Ashley Yeoman (Torquay) 8; Dean Morgan & Matt McClure (Wycombe) 8 Match odds: H 2-1 A 13-10 D 12-5

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Torquay 3 Wycombe 4

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