Sky Bet League 1 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 17:51 BST

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

Wolves: Ready for a promotion party at Molineux
Wolves: Ready for a promotion party at Molineux

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Friday, April 18

Brentford v Preston (1500)

Brentford's Adam Forshaw will serve a one-match ban after he was sent off last weekend at Swindon. Sam Saunders has stepped up his training after a knee operation and may feature while Josh Clarke could be on the bench after he was promoted to the first-team squad.

Preston captain John Welsh will complete a two-match suspension but top-scorer Joe Garner should return after missing out last week following the birth of his child. Scott Wiseman and Chris Humphrey are also expected back following injury.

Last season: Brentford 1 Preston 0, Preston 1 Brentford 1 Last five league matches: Brentford D D W W L; Preston L W W D W Top scorers: Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 17; Joe Garner (Preston) 23

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Our verdict: Brentford 1 Preston 1

Bristol City v Notts County (1500)

Bristol City will be without goalkeeper Frank Fielding as he has pulled a bicep muscle so Cardiff loanee Simon Moore will get the nod from the start once more. Moore's inclusion means one of City's six loanees will have to miss out at Ashton Gate as Football League rules only allow five in the matchday squad.

Haydn Hollis' return from suspension presents Notts County boss Shaun Derry with a dilemma. Derry must decide whether to restore Hollis at centre-half or stick with the same defence that started the 4-2 home victory over Port Vale.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bristol City D W L D W; Notts County W W W L W Top scorers: Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 23; Callum McGregor (Notts County) 13

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Bristol City 1 Notts County 2

Carlisle v Walsall (1500)

Carlisle midfielder James Berrett will return following suspension but skipper Paul Thirlwell, Sean O'Hanlon and Pascal Chimbonda are all doubtful. Midfielder Thirlwell and defender Chimbonda are both nursing calf injuries and centre-half O'Hanlon has a groin injury.

Forward Milan Lalkovic could miss out for Walsall with a hamstring problem, on the opposite leg to the one which forced him to miss games recently, and will be assessed ahead of kick-off. Craig Westcarr will watch from the sidelines once again as he completes his three-match ban.

Last season: Carlisle 0 Walsall 3, Walsall 1 Carlisle 2 Last five league matches: Carlisle L D D W L; Walsall D W W L L Top scorers: David Amoo (Carlisle) 11; Craig Westcarr (Walsall) 16

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

Our verdict: Carlisle 1 Walsall 0

Colchester v Oldham (1500)

Colchester boss Joe Dunne could name an unchanged side after a vital win last time out against Stevenage. However, Craig Eastmond is available after completing his two-match ban and could be recalled.

Preston loanee Joel Byrom could make his return after impressing in training following the hamstring problem which has restricted him to just one appearance so far. Genseric Kusunga's woes continue with his latest hamstring setback likely to keep him on the sidelines once more.

Last season: Oldham 1 Colchester 1, Colchester 0 Oldham 2 Last five league matches: Colchester L L L L W; Oldham D W D D W Top scorers: Freddie Sears (Colchester) 10; Danny Philliskirk (Oldham) 12

Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey).

Our verdict: Colchester 0 Oldham 0

Coventry v Swindon (1500)

Coventry boss Steven Pressley expects to have Dan Seaborne available despite missing last weekend's defeat at Peterborough with a hamstring injury. Franck Moussa, however, is expected to miss out with the back problem which has forced him to watch the last two games from the sidelines.

Swindon's Yaser Kasim (foot) is out and may not feature again this season while Alex Smith (knee) will be assessed having missed Saturday's 1-0 win over Brentford. Ryan Mason, Ryan Harley and Nile Ranger all remain out of action.

Last season: Coventry 1 Swindon 2, Swindon 2 Coventry 2 Last five league matches: Coventry W W D L L; Swindon W W W L W Top scorers: Callum Wilson (Coventry) 22; Michael Smith (Swindon) 16

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Coventry 1 Swindon 2

Crawley v Leyton Orient (1500)

Crawley's Paul Connolly will serve a five-match ban following his altercation with a Brentford fan last week while Billy Clarke could be out for the rest of the season with a broken hand. Swansea loanee Gwion Edwards could be handed a full debut after climbing off the bench to score in the 2-0 win over Tranmere.

Romain Vincelot should be available for Leyton Orient following a foot injury after he came through last weekend's 5-1 thumping of Gillingham unscathed. Fellow midfielder Marvin Bartley is therefore the only absentee as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Last season: Leyton Orient 0 Crawley Town 1, Crawley Town 1 Leyton Orient 0 Last five league matches: Crawley Town L L L W W; Leyton Orient D D L D W Top scorers: Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) 9; David Mooney (Leyton Orient) 20

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Our verdict: Crawley 3 Leyton Orient 1

Gillingham v Tranmere (1500)

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor could make wholesale changes after their 5-1 defeat at Leyton Orient last weekend. Leon Legge (hamstring) and Danny Kedwell (knee) are likely to return from injury, while Chris Whelpdale is in contention to start following an ankle problem.

Tranmere's Ryan Lowe is a doubt with a dead leg and will now undergo a late fitness test after travelling with the team. Jason Koumas (toe) has also made the trip despite fitness concerns and will be assessed at the latest possible moment.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Gillingham L W L L L; Tranmere L D W W L Top scorers: Cody McDonald (Gillingham) 14; Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 20

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

Our verdict: Gillingham 0 Tranmere 1

Port Vale v MK Dons (1500)

Rob Taylor (thigh) and Jennison Myrie-Williams (ill) are the latest additions to Port Vale's growing list of absentees. Manager Micky Adams is already without skipper Doug Loft for the rest of the season after he suffered serious facial injuries in a training ground bust-up with Dan Jones, who following the incident has had his contract terminated.

MK Dons will assess Antony Kay after he sustained a thigh injury in the lead up to last weekend's home game against Crawley and with two matches in the space of just four days over the Easter period, the Dons medical team will monitor the 31-year-old central defender. Stephen Gleeson (calf) will also be watched closely but fellow midfielder Larnell Cole, who was on loan from Fulham, has returned to his parent club after undergoing knee surgery on Monday.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Port Vale L D W W L; Milton Keynes Dons W L L W L Top scorers: Tom Pope (Port Vale) 16; Ben Reeves (Milton Keynes Dons) 11

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Port Vale 1 MK Dons 0

Shrewsbury v Crewe (1500)

Shrewsbury's Sam Foley has been recalled by his parent club Yeovil while Dave McAllister was ruled out for the rest of the season with a persistent ankle problem. Asa Hall returns from a one-game suspension but the Shrews will continue without Joseph Mills as he completes his three-match ban.

Crewe's top-scorer Chuks Aneke is banned for three matches following his dismissal against Wolves last time out. Boss Steve Davis has concerns over midfielders Anthony Grant (thigh) and Abdul Osman (knee), while striker Vadaine Oliver (groin) is also struggling.

Last season: Crewe 1 Shrewsbury 1, Shrewsbury 1 Crewe 0 Last five league matches: Shrewsbury W D L W L; Crewe W L L W L Top scorers: Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury) 8; Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 17

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Our verdict: Shrewsbury 2 Crewe 2

Wolves v Rotherham (1500)

Kenny Jackett is likely to name an unchanged side as Wolves celebrate their promotion back to the Championship in front of their own fans. James Henry and Matt Doherty returned to the bench last weekend after recovering from their respective injuries and they may have to be content with a place among the substitutes once more.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans has to decide whether to pick Lee Frecklington. The influential midfielder has missed the last two games with a glute injury and Evans must choose whether to throw him into the side or protect him ahead of the forthcoming play-off campaign.

Last season: No ccorresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolverhampton W W D W W; Rotherham W W W L D Top scorers: Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton) 19; Kieran Agard (Rotherham) 21

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex).

Our verdict: Wolves 1 Rotherham 2

Bradford v Peterborough (1945)

Bradford striker Aaron Mclean is a major injury doubt due to a hamstring strain and could face a late fitness test. Fellow striker James Hanson has been unable to train properly in recent weeks due to back and groin injuries and will not play.

Danny Swanson will miss out for Peterborough with the ankle injury that forced him off late in the first half of the 1-0 victory over Coventry last weekend. Michael Bostwick will return to the squad and is a candidate to replace Swanson.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bradford L W D L D; Peterborough L W L W W Top scorers: James Hanson (Bradford) 12; Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough) 30

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Bradford 0 Peterborough 3

Sheffield United v Stevenage (1945)

Sheffield United striker Billy Paynter will return to contention after being cup-tied for the FA Cup semi-final last weekend. Manager Nigel Clough has no fresh injury or suspension concerns and has a full-strength squad to choose from with on-loan midfielder Ben Davies, striker Chris Porter and defender Matt Hill among those pushing for recalls.

Stevenage will be without Filipe Morais as he starts a three-match ban which will keep him out until the final day of the season. Darius Charles is likely to take Morais' spot in the squad after the utility man recovered from an ankle injury.

Last season: Stevenage 4 Sheff Utd 0, Sheff Utd 4 Stevenage 1 Last five league matches: Sheff Utd W L D D W; Stevenage L D D L L Top scorers: Jose Baxter (Sheff Utd) 10; Francois Zoko (Stevenage) 16

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Sheffield United 1 Stevenage 1

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