Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: February 21 2014, 16:46 GMT

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

Dave Kitson: Faces a late fitness test
Dave Kitson: Faces a late fitness test

Saturday, February 22

AFC Wimbledon v Bury

AFC Wimbledon could hand debuts to Michael Collins and Jake Nicholson. Midfielder Peter Sweeney (foot) is back in full training but the clash with his old club may come too soon for a player who has been out since December.

Jake Carroll can go into the Bury squad after arriving on loan from Huddersfield. Ashley Grimes (hamstring) will miss out.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: AFC Wimbledon W W L L L; Bury L D W D D

Top scorers: Charlie Strutton (AFC Wimbledon) 6; Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 10

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 1 Bury 1

Dagenham v Plymouth

Jack Connors serves a one-match suspension for Dagenham. Femi Ilesanmi is expected to step in having shrugged off an ankle injury, although midfielder Luke Howell (ankle) is not quite ready to return.

Plymouth will be without the suspended Neal Trotman but manager John Sheridan has a number of options at his disposal with full-backs Durrell Berry and Matt Parsons, as well as striker Marvin Morgan, fully fit after injury lay-offs.

Last season: Plymouth 0 Dag & Red 0, Dag & Red 0 Plymouth 0

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

Top scorers: Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 14

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

Our verdict: Dagenham 0 Plymouth 2

Exeter v Rochdale

Exeter will assess goalkeeper Artur Krysiak's injury, with 18-year-old Christy Pym standing by to make his third successive start. Boss Paul Tisdale will also check on the fitness of defender Pat Baldwin (hamstring) while Matt Gill looks set to be involved again.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill could select his starting line-up from an unchanged squad. Latest signing Craig Lynch is not expected to feature but centre-half Ollie Lancashire and midfielder Peter Cavanagh (both hamstring) are fit again.

Last season: Exeter 1 Rochdale 2, Rochdale 2 Exeter 3

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

Top scorers: Eliot Richards (Exeter) 6; Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 16

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Our verdict: Exeter 2 Rochdale 2

Mansfield v Fleetwood

Martin Riley (quad muscle) and James Jennings (calf) have been added to Mansfield's list of injury absentees. Louis Briscoe and Jake Speight remain out with back and knee problems respectively.

Fleetwood's top scorer David Ball will hope to be back in the squad after missing three matches with a knock. Jamille Matt (ankle) is now back to full fitness.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Mansfield D D D W L; Fleetwood Town W D L D W

Top scorers: Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 12; David Ball (Fleetwood Town) 11

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Mansfield 1 Fleetwood 3

Morecambe v Oxford

On-loan Morecambe midfielder Jamie Devitt will begin a three-match suspension. But Alex Kenyon is back from a three-game ban and he will be expected to slot straight into the midfield.

Oxford will check on striker Dave Kitson (hamstring) but Danny Rose is set to feature after recovering from the illness which forced him off at the break against Newport in midweek. The U's will be without the suspended Tom Newey.

Last season: Oxford Utd 1 Morecambe 1, Morecambe 1 Oxford Utd 1

Last five league matches: Morecambe D D L L D; Oxford Utd W D D W L

Top scorers: Padraig Amond (Morecambe) 8; James Constable (Oxford Utd) 11

Referee: David Webb (County Durham).

Our verdict: Morecambe 1 Oxford 1

Newport v Cheltenham

Newport will again be without the suspended Harry Worley. Byron Anthony looks set to keep his place having come through 90 minutes unscathed in the 3-2 win against Oxford on Tuesday night, his first start since breaking his leg back in August.

Cheltenham will be without Troy Brown. The centre-back tore ankle ligaments in the defeat to Bristol Rovers and is now set to spend up to four weeks on the sidelines. Midfielder David Noble (hamstring) could feature.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Newport County D L D L W; Cheltenham L D D D L

Top scorers: Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 8; Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 10

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Newport 3 Cheltenham 2

Northampton v Hartlepool

Northampton will be without skipper Lee Collins (foot) but boss Chris Wilder has signed Zander Diamond on loan from Burton and has Gregor Robertson back in training after a knee problem ruled him out at Fleetwood.

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper could be tempted to make changes for the first time in four matches. Defender Neil Austin (toe) remains a big doubt.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6; Luke James (Hartlepool) 13

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Northampton 1 Hartlepool 3

Scunthorpe v Portsmouth

Scunthorpe pair David Mirfin and David Syers could both face late fitness tests on groin injuries but boss Russ Wilcox is expecting them to play some part. Striker Deon Burton remains sidelined with a calf problem.

Portsmouth are set to hand Toumani Diagouraga a debut after the Brentford midfielder arrived at Fratton Park on a one-month loan deal this week. But winger Andy Barcham is out as his wife is due to give birth.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Connor Jennings (Scunthorpe) 17; Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) 5

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).

Our verdict: Scunthorpe 3 Portsmouth 0

Torquay v Accrington

Ben Harding returns for Torquay after four months out with a foot injury. Manager Chris Hargreaves will check on Billy Bodin (ankle) and Elliot Benyon (thigh).

Defender Laurence Wilson will begin a three-match suspension for Accrington. Kal Naismith, who has missed Stanley's last two fixtures with a hip problem, may also be out.

Last season: Accrington Stanley 0 Torquay 0, Torquay 3 Accrington Stanley 1

Last five league matches: Torquay W L W L L; Accrington Stanley W W D L D

Top scorers: Jordan Chapell (Torquay) 5, Aiden O'Brien (Torquay) 5; Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 9

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Torquay 1 Accrington 2

Wycombe v Chesterfield

Wycombe will check on former Chesterfield forward Dean Morgan (hamstring). Jon-Paul Pittman looks likely to be involved having resumed full training, but Jordan Mustoe has returned to parent club Wigan after the end of his loan deal.

Drew Talbot is Chesterfield's only injury concern. The right-back has suffered a recurrence of an abductor injury and is now awaiting the results of a scan he had on Wednesday afternoon to determine the length of his absence.

Last season: Wycombe 2 Chesterfield 1, Chesterfield 3 Wycombe 1

Last five league matches: Wycombe D L L D D; Chesterfield W W W D W

Top scorers: Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 6, Matt McClure (Wycombe) 6; Gary Roberts Marc Richards & Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) 9

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

Our verdict: Wycombe 0 Chesterfield 3

York v Southend

Ryan Jarvis (ankle) is expected to return to the York starting line-up, while fellow striker Wes Fletcher is also available after recovering from a slight knock.

Southend continue to be without Luke Prosser (calf) and Conor Clifford, who will serve the third game of a four-match ban after being sent off at Mansfield.

Last season: York 2 Southend 1, Southend 0 York 0

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

Top scorers: Wes Fletcher (York) 13; Kevan Hurst (Southend) 11

Match Odds:H 29-20 A 15-8 D 2-1

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Our verdict: York 1 Southend 2


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