Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: March 21 2014, 16:34 GMT

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

Graham Alexander's Fleetwood head to Exeter
Graham Alexander's Fleetwood head to Exeter

Saturday, March 22

Mansfield v Chesterfield

Mansfield could welcome back Jake Speight, who has not featured since November due to a knee problem. Darryl Westlake will not be involved as he serves a one-match suspension, but Ritchie Sutton (hamstring) should be fit and Lee Beevers is also in line to fill the right wing-back spot.

Chesterfield have no new problems ahead of the trip. Daniel Kearns and Mason Bennett still await their full debuts while Dan Gardner (ankle) and Drew Talbot (stomach) remain sidelined.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 13; Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) 11

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Mansfield 1 Chesterfield 1

AFC Wimbledon v Cheltenham

Barry Fuller has been declared fit for AFC Wimbledon after recovering from a glute injury. Aaron Morris and Kevin Sainte-Luce (both hamstring) are doubts, while Callum Kennedy (ankle), Rhys Weston (knee) and Charlie Strutton (broken leg) are definitely sidelined.

Cheltenham hope Byron Harrison will be ready to start after scoring during a 35-minute cameo on Tuesday. If Harrison is available, he will hope to replace Jamie Cureton or Terry Gornell in the starting line-up.

Last season: Cheltenham 2 AFC Wimbledon 1, AFC Wimbledon 1 Cheltenham 2

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

Top scorers: Charlie Strutton (AFC Wimbledon) 6; Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 13

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 2 Cheltenham 2

Accrington Stanley v Plymouth

Accrington could be forced into a change from the side that thrashed Morecambe 5-1 with Laurence Wilson a doubt with a groin problem. The full-back's spot could be taken by Michael Liddle, who is back in training following a hamstring strain.

Plymouth are without Lewis Alessandra, who has suffered a hamstring tear which looks set to sideline him for between four and six weeks. His absence could open the door for Bury loanee Tope Obadeyi or Marvin Morgan.

Last season: Plymouth 0 Accrington Stanley 0, Accrington Stanley 1 Plymouth 1

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

Top scorers: Kal Naismith & Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 9; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 18

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Our verdict: Accrington Stanley 1 Plymouth 3

Bury v Dagenham & Redbridge

Tommy Miller could come back into Bury's squad after missing the 2-1 defeat to Torquay with thigh and ankle problems.Teenager Reice Charles-Cook is expected to continue in goal ahead of Brian Jensen.

Luke Wilkinson continues to be a major doubt for Dagenham. His foot has been in a brace this past week as he struggles with an ankle injury. Strike pair Zavon Hines (knee) and Rhys Murphy (groin) are still some way off a return to action.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 14; Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13

Referee: David Webb (County Durham)

Our verdict: Bury 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Exeter v Fleetwood

Exeter have no fresh injury worries as they look to end a 13-match winless run. Boss Paul Tisdale named an experienced line-up against Newport last week with 33-year-old Matt Gill and Danny Butterfield, 34, being recalled, but youngsters Matt Grimes and Jamie Reid are pushing to start.

Iain Hume could make his Fleetwood debut having signed on loan from Preston. Hume's arrival means boss Graham Alexander is unlikely to rush back David Ball (ankle) or Blackpool loanee Bobby Grant (knee).

Last season: Fleetwood Town 0 Exeter 0, Exeter 2 Fleetwood Town 2

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

Top scorers: Eliot Richards (Exeter) 7; David Ball (Fleetwood Town) 11

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

Our verdict: Exeter 0 Fleetwood 3

Morecambe v Northampton

Andy Fleming is back from suspension as Morecambe look to bounce back from their midweek derby thrashing at Accrington. Stewart Drummond could miss the rest of the season after fracturing his toe, while Andy Parrish is out after suffering a slight tear in his cruciate.

Northampton manager Chris Wilder could make changes after a first defeat in seven matches in midweek, with Cristian Lopez hoping for a first start. Joe Widdowson (ankle) and Lee Collins (foot) remain sidelined.

Last season: Morecambe 1 Northampton 1, Northampton 3 Morecambe 0

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

Top scorers: Padraig Amond & Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) 9; Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

Our verdict: Morecambe 1 Northampton 2

Portsmouth v York

Rhys McCabe is set to make his Portsmouth debut following his arrival on loan from Sheffield Wednesday as Romain Padovani (calf) and Andy Barcham (thigh) are doubts. Skipper Ben Chorley (Achilles) hopes to return to the defence after missing the defeat at Fleetwood.

York boss Nigel Worthington is expected to send out an unchanged side for the sixth successive game. Dan Parslow is the only long-term absentee after a knee injury cut short his season in November.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Jed Wallace & Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) 5; Wes Fletcher (York) 13

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Portsmouth 1 York 2

Scunthorpe v Burton

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox will select his side from an unchanged squad as he has no new injury or suspension worries. Sean McAllister (calf) and Gary McSheffrey (back) returned for the midweek win at Plymouth and are expected to start again.

Burton winger Zeli Ismail is set to miss the remainder of the season with a torn hamstring. Ian Sharps (calf) remains a doubt after missing the last two matches while Gary Alexander (knee) misses out.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Scunthorpe D D D D W; Burton Albion D W W D D

Top scorers: Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 19; Billy Kee (Burton Albion) 13

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Scunthorpe 2 Burton 1

Torquay v Newport County

Courtney Cameron is a doubt for Torquay after he was forced off at half-time on Tuesday with a knock. Ashley Yeoman stepped off the bench to net a late winner against Bury and could be rewarded with a starting spot.

Newport have received a huge boost with the news Byron Anthony did not sustain a second broken leg of the season as first feared. Anthony is unlikely to feature against the Gulls but could return next week.

Last season: No Corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Ashley Yeoman (Torquay) 6; Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 9

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire)

Our verdict: Torquay 0 Newport County 1

Wycombe v Rochdale

Wycombe will assess strikers Matt McClure and Steven Craig (both hamstring). Matt Bloomfield came off with a knock against Cheltenham but will be available while Stuart Lewis should overcome an illness to be in contention.

Rochdale will be without suspended midfielder Matty Lund following his red card at Northampton. Defender Ollie Lancashire returns to contention after a two-match ban following his second dismissal of the season in the recent defeat at Torquay.

Last season: Rochdale 4 Wycombe 1, Wycombe 1 Rochdale 2

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

Top scorers: Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 8; Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 19

Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Wycombe 1 Rochdale 3


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