Sky Bet League 1 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 11 2014, 14:46 BST

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

Swindon host Brentford on Saturday
Swindon host Brentford on Saturday

Saturday, April 12

Crewe v Wolves

Club captain Abdul Osman is a doubt for Crewe due to a knee injury. Striker Max Clayton is back in full training after recovering from the ankle problem which has kept him sidelined since November. However, Crewe boss Steve Davis has urged caution and is not ready to throw the 19-year-old back in just yet.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is hopeful of including James Henry (groin) and Matt Doherty (hamstring) as his side look to take a step closer to promotion.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 17; Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton) 19

Match Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Our verdict: Crewe 1 Wolves 3

Leyton Orient v Gillingham

Leyton Orient will check on Romain Vincelot (foot) and Dean Cox (knee). Boss Russell Slade could make changes as he looks for a first win in six matches so the likes of David Mooney, Chris Dagnall and Gary Sawyer will be pushing for recalls.

Gillingham will be without Ryan Inniss due to a hamstring injury. Leon Legge (hamstring) and Danny Kedwell (knee) could return to the matchday squad but Chris Whelpdale (ankle) is unlikely to make his comeback.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: David Mooney (Leyton Orient) 18; Cody McDonald (Gillingham) 14 Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Leyton Orient 2 Gillingham 0

MK Dons v Crawley

Dele Alli has added to MK Dons' mounting injury problems after receiving treatment for an unspecified problem. Midfielder Stephen Gleeson (ankle) and forward Dean Bowditch (hamstring) are both doubts.

Crawley will check on Andy Drury who has missed the last two games through illness. The club are waiting to hear whether defender Paul Connolly faces any punishment from the FA after his altercation with a fan at Griffin Park on Tuesday night.

Last season: Milton Keynes Dons 0 Crawley Town 0, Crawley Town 2 Milton Keynes Dons 0

Last five league matches: Milton Keynes Dons L W L L W; Crawley Town L L L L L

Top scorers: Ben Reeves (Milton Keynes Dons) 11; Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) 8

Referee: Steve Bratt (W Midlands)

Our verdict: MK Dons 2 Crawley 1

Notts County v Port Vale

Notts County will be without the suspended Haydn Hollis. Dean Leacock and Manny Smith are expected to battle it out to replace the central defender.

Port Vale assistant manager Mark Grew has revealed that some of the club's fringe players could be given an opportunity. Young striker Jordan Hugill may be a strong contender to feature after scoring for the reserves while the likes of Rob Taylor, Louis Dodds and Anthony Griffith have all been pushing for a first-team place in recent weeks.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Notts County L W W W L; Port Vale W L D W W

Top scorers: Callum McGregor (Notts County) 13; Tom Pope (Port Vale) 16

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)

Our verdict: Notts County 2 Port Vale 2

Peterborough v Coventry

Lloyd Isgrove (knock) and Joe Newell (suspension) come back into the reckoning for Peterborough.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley could shuffle his pack for the clash. The Sky Blues went down 2-1 at home to MK Dons last weekend despite the return of Callum Wilson, Dan Seaborne and Jordan Clarke. Dylan McGeouch, Nathan Delfouneso and Anton Robinson will hope to feature again.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough) 30; Callum Wilson (Coventry) 22

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey)

Our verdict: Peterborough 3 Coventry 1

Preston v Carlisle

Preston captain John Welsh begins a two-match suspension after accruing 10 yellow cards this season. Manager Simon Grayson could be able to call upon full-back Scott Wiseman (knee) and striker Stuart Beavon (flu) after the pair missed out against Bristol City.

Carlisle duo Lee Miller and Matty Robson are both hoping to return to action following their respective stomach and back injuries. James Berrett will serve a one-game ban following his dismissal for two yellow-card offences in last week's home win against Swindon.

Last season: Carlisle 1 Preston 1, Preston 1 Carlisle 1

Last five league matches: Preston D L W W D; Carlisle D L D D W

Top scorers: Joe Garner (Preston) 23; David Amoo (Carlisle) 11

Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire)

Our verdict: Preston 1 Carlisle 0

Stevenage v Colchester

Stevenage have doubts over John Mousinho (leg) and Darius Charles. Dean Parrett (cruciate) and Roarie Deacon (ankle) are out along with back-up goalkeeper Steven Arnold (knee).

Colchester will be without the suspended Craig Eastmond but welcome back Brian Wilson from a ban. On-loan Crystal Palace defender Alex Wynter made his Football League debut off the bench last week and could be handed his first start, while Sanchez Watt is also in contention after returning from his quad injury.

Last season: Stevenage 0 Colchester 2, Colchester 1 Stevenage 0

Last five league matches: Stevenage L L D D L; Colchester D L L L L

Top scorers: Francois Zoko (Stevenage) 16; Freddie Sears & Jabo Ibehre (Colchester) 8 Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)

Our verdict: Stevenage 2 Colchester 2

Swindon v Brentford

Swindon defender Grant Hall could make a welcome return from a calf injury that has kept him sidelined for two months. Fellow Tottenham loanee Alex Pritchard returned from suspension as a half-time substitute in their 1-0 loss to Carlisle and made a real impact in the final 45 minutes and the midfielder will hope to be rewarded with a start.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton should have an unchanged squad. Winger Sam Saunders (knee) remains the only absentee.

Last season: Brentford 2 Swindon 1, Swindon 0 Brentford 1

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

Top scorers: Michael Smith (Swindon) 16; Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 17

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)

Our verdict: Swindon 3 Brentford 2

Tranmere v Shrewsbury

Tranmere will once again assess midfield duo Jason Koumas (toe) and Steve Jennings (knee). Rovers, who this week sacked manager Ronnie Moore after he admitted a Football Association charge for breaching betting regulations, could also be without midfielder Jake Kirby as he has also sustained a toe injury.

Shrewsbury will be without suspended pair Joseph Mills and Asa Hall. Goalkeeper Chris Weale was recalled last weekend and he is likely to retain his place ahead of Joe Anyon.

Last season: Tranmere 0 Shrewsbury 2, Shrewsbury 1 Tranmere 1

Last five league matches: Tranmere W L L D W; Shrewsbury L W D L W

Top scorers: Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 20; Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury) 8

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex)

Our verdict: Tranmere 1 Shrewsbury 1

Walsall v Bristol City

Craig Westcarr will miss out for Walsall due to suspension. On-loan Chelsea striker Milan Lalkovic has fully recovered from his hamstring problem and he could be drafted in by Saddlers boss Dean Smith.

Bristol City will be boosted by the return of Bobby Reid, who has recovered from a knee injury. But the Robins are without midfielder Simon Gillett who serves the second of his two-game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Craig Westcarr (Walsall) 16; Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 22

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

Our verdict: Walsall 0 Bristol City 1

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