Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 4 2014, 15:24 BST

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

Matt McClure: Back in training
Matt McClure: Back in training

All matches start at 1500 BST

Saturday, April 5

AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers

AFC Wimbledon are without the suspended Sammy Moore while fellow midfielder Michael Collins has been recalled from his loan spell by Scunthorpe. Darren Jones (head) should be fit but skipper Alan Bennett (knock) and Andy Frampton (calf) are doubts.

Bristol Rovers striker Chris Beardsley's slight muscle problem saw him miss Tuesday's 2-1 loss at Bury while Danny Woodards was forced off at the break having taken a bang to the knee and the pair will be monitored by the Pirates' medical staff.

Last season: Bristol Rovers 1 AFC Wimbledon 0, AFC Wimbledon 3 Bristol Rovers 1

Last five league matches: AFC Wimbledon D D W D L; Bristol Rovers L D L W L

Top scorers: Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) 10; John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) 15

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 0 Bristol Rovers 1

Accrington v Northampton

Accrington's on-loan Wigan defender Adam Buxton came off at half-time in the win over Exeter last weekend but the rib injury he sustained will not force him to miss out this time around. Defender Laurence Wilson (groin) and striker Marcus Carver (knee) remain out.

Northampton's Joe Widdowson is making slow progress as he overcomes an ankle problem but Gregor Robertson should come back into the squad after sitting out the heavy defeat by Bury through illness.

Last season: Northampton 2 Accrington Stanley 0, Accrington Stanley 2 Northampton 4

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

Top scorers: Kal Naismith & Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 9; Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex).

Our verdict: Accrington 2 Northampton 2

Burton v Plymouth

Burton full-back Phil Edwards is very doubtful through illness while centre-back Marcus Holness and striker Billy Kee have also been affected by a bug this week. Adam McGurk has been nursing a thigh problem sustained during the warm-up prior to last weekend's goalless draw at York.

Plymouth look set to hand a debut to Enoch Showunmi in place of Tope Obadeyi, who returned to Bury at the end of his loan spell. Matt Parsons (thigh) looks set to be ruled out.

Last season: Burton Albion 1 Plymouth 0, Plymouth 1 Burton Albion 2

Last five league matches: Burton Albion D D L W D; Plymouth W L W D L

Top scorers: Billy Kee (Burton Albion) 13; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 20

Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Burton 1 Plymouth 1

Bury v Exeter

Frederic Veseli will play the final game of his loan spell for Bury before returning to Ipswich. Tommy Miller has been missing recently with a thigh problem and he is unlikely to come back into the reckoning.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale looks set to freshen up his side. Matt Grimes has caught the eye during his substitute appearances in recent weeks and will hope to earn a recall to the starting line-up while Sam Parkin, David Wheeler and Arron Davies are other options.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 14; Eliot Richards (Exeter) 10

Referee: Seb Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Bury 2 Exeter 1

Cheltenham v Southend

Cheltenham could be without Steve Elliott again after he missed the 1-0 win at Hartlepool having picked up an ankle problem in their loss to Scunthorpe. Michael Ihiekwe shook off his tonsillitis to start in Elliott's place and could get the nod again.

Southend welcome Barry Corr back after a three-match ban but he may have to be content with a place on the bench. Jacob Murphy could make his full debut while Adam Thompson is fit again after his calf problem.

Last season: Southend 1 Cheltenham 2, Cheltenham 1 Southend 3

Last five league matches: Cheltenham W D L L W; Southend D D D W W Top scorers: Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 13; Kevan Hurst (Southend) 11

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

Our verdict: Cheltenham 0 Southend 2

Chesterfield v Newport

Ollie Banks will be absent for Chesterfield after damaging ligaments in his right foot during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley last weekend. Armand Gnanduillet, Nathan Smith and Daniel Kearns will all come back into the reckoning.

Darcy Blake and Adam Chapman are banned for Newport after being sent off against Portsmouth. The likes of Andy Sandell and Ismail Yakubu are set to come into contention while Rene Howe and Shaun Jeffers are also pushing to start.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) 11; Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 10

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Chesterfield 0 Newport 1

Morecambe v Mansfield

Liam Grimshaw is not yet ready to make his Morecambe debut. The on-loan Manchester United teenager signed on a youth deal last week but he suffered a knock with his parent club which will delay his first appearance. Defender Chris McCready looks set to miss out with a thigh strain.

Mansfield duo James Jennings and Anthony Howell are banned and Ben Hutchinson is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a hamstring problem.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Padraig Amond (Morecambe) 10; Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 13

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Our verdict: Morecambe 1 Mansfield 1

Oxford v Fleetwood

Oxford winger Alfie Potter limped out of the warm-up at Dagenham last weekend with a groin strain that looks set to sideline him for a fortnight, but Tom Newey is available after serving a three-match ban following his red card at Chesterfield.

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander could welcome midfielder Adam Barton into the squad after the recent signing completed a full week's training. Steven Schumacher has recovered from a bruised foot and is pushing for a recall.

Last season: Oxford Utd 1 Fleetwood Town 2, Fleetwood Town 3 Oxford Utd 0

Last five league matches: Oxford Utd D L W L L; Fleetwood Town D W L W D

Top scorers: James Constable (Oxford Utd) 11; David Ball (Fleetwood Town) 12

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Oxford 0 Fleetwood 0

Portsmouth v Hartlepool

Portsmouth's defender Jack Whatmough limped off at Newport with a hip injury but boss Andy Awford has not ruled the teenager out. Ben Chorley is still suspended while Romain Padovani (calf) and Andy Barcham (thigh) remain doubtful after missing out last weekend.

Hartlepool striker Marlon Harewood remains a doubt due to an ankle injury so Jonathan Franks will be hoping to continue up front alongside Luke James. Neil Austin (toe), Andy Monkhouse and Antony Sweeney (both hamstring), will play no part.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) 11; Luke James (Hartlepool) 15

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Our verdict: Portsmouth 2 Hartlepool 0

Rochdale v York

Fit-again Rochdale midfielder Peter Cavanagh is hoping to return to the starting line-up after coming on for the final 26 minutes of the goalless draw at Fleetwood. Leading goalscorer Scott Hogan, who has missed the last six games, is still struggling with a knee injury.

York's manager of the month Nigel Worthington is expected to name an unchanged side. Ryan Jarvis and Calvin Andrew are expected to start on the bench again, with Michael Coulson and Ryan Bowman resuming up front.

Last season: York 0 Rochdale 0, Rochdale 2 York 3

Last five league matches: Rochdale W W W W D; York W W W W D

Top scorers: Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 19; Wes Fletcher (York) 13

Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Our verdict: Rochdale 2 York 2

Torquay v Scunthorpe

Torquay look set to hand a home debut to Tottenham loanee Shaquile Coulthirst, who was a second-half substitute at Southend. Baily Cargill is hoping to overcome a hamstring strain to feature but Shamir Goodwin and Joss Labadie remain suspended.

Scunthorpe will be without Gary McSheffrey, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn hamstring. Sean McAllister is nursing a rib injury sustained last Saturday and is doubtful but Marcus Williams is expected to overcome a dead leg.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Ashley Yeoman (Torquay) 6; Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 21

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex).

Our verdict: Torquay 0 Scunthorpe 3

Wycombe v Dagenham

Wycombe striker Matt McClure has returned to training after a hamstring injury and now looks set to be back in contention. Centre-backs Leon Johnson and Anthony Stewart remain doubts because of hamstring complaints.

Dagenham are likely to remain without three first-team regulars. Zavon Hines (knee), Rhys Murphy (groin) and Luke Wilkinson (ankle) have all missed out in recent weeks and are not expected to be fit in time, although Murphy is closing in on his return.

Last season: Wycombe 1 Dag & Red 0, Dag & Red 3 Wycombe 0

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

Top scorers: Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 8; Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Wycombe 0 Dagenham 1


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