Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 17:57 BST

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

Danny Coles: Set to return for Exeter City
Danny Coles: Set to return for Exeter City

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Friday, April 18

Accrington v Mansfield

Accrington's Dean Winnard has overcome a bout of illness so boss James Beattie must decide between him and Rob Atkinson in alongside Tom Aldred. Laurence Wilson (groin) and Marcus Carver (knee) are both back in full training.

Mansfield's Anthony Howell will return from a two-match suspension but Jamie McGuire is banned while forward Ben Hutchinson (hamstring) is expected to miss out again. Goalkeepers Alan Marriott (dislocated finger) and Ian Deakin (thigh) continue to nurse injuries so Lewis Price is likely to start between the sticks again.

Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: Accrington Stanley D D W L D; Mansfield D W W W W Top scorers: Kal Naismith, Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) 9; Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 13

Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland)

Our verdict: Accrington 0 Mansfield 0

AFC Wimbledon v Newport

Alan Bennett will return for AFC Wimbledon having recovered from the thigh strain which kept him out of the last two matches. Sammy Moore is back after a two-match ban and Andy Frampton (calf) is also available but Tom Richards (illness) is a doubt while Kevin Sainte-Luce (knee) remains sidelined.

Newport's Aaron O'Connor (groin) is set to make a return after being sidelined since May but fellow forward Danny Crow (back) misses out while Jamie Stephens, Ismail Yakubu and Byron Anthony are all out for the season. Adam Chapman also returns having served his three-match ban.

Last season: No corresponding fixture Last five league matches: AFC Wimbledon W D L D W; Newport County D L D L W Top scorers: Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) 10; Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 12

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 2 Newport 1

Bury v Plymouth

Bury's Tommy Miller is a doubt with a neck problem picked up prior to the 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe last weekend. Chris Hussey (eye) came off against the Iron with but should be fit while fellow full-back Phil Picken (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Plymouth will be without the suspended Maxime Blanchard after he was sent off in the second half of Saturday's 2-0 loss to Oxford. Goalkeeper Luke McCormick is unlikely to play again this season and misses out as Argyle look to close the three-point gap between themselves and the play-off spots.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bury D W W W D; Plymouth D L L W L Top scorers: Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 14; Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 20

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

Our verdict: Bury 3 Plymouth 1

Cheltenham v Fleetwood

Cheltenham will be without Billy Daniels after his loan spell from Coventry was ended following an abdominal injury. Youth product Harry Williams made his first senior start last time out and will hope to have done enough to keep his place.

Fleetwood's Stewart Murdoch will be included despite missing the 2-2 draw with Morecambe last week through injury. Coventry loanee Adam Barton is yet to make his debut since arriving at the end of the loan window but Jeff Hughes remains sidelined with a broken leg.

Last season: Fleetwood Town 1 Cheltenham 1, Cheltenham 2 Fleetwood Town 2 Last five league matches: Cheltenham L L W L D; Fleetwood Town L W D W D Top scorers: Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 15; David Ball, Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) 13

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)

Our verdict: Cheltenham 1 Fleetwood 1

Chesterfield v Exeter

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook will select from an unchanged squad against Exeter which could mean another place on the bench for teenage striker Jake Beesley. Jimmy Ryan will complete a two-match suspension while fellow midfielder Ollie Banks (foot) is out but right-back Drew Talbot could feature.

Exeter captain Danny Coles returns to contention following suspension and manager Paul Tisdale has to decide whether to stick with man-of-the-match Pat Baldwin or recall Coles. The City boss also dropped number one Artur Krysiak for youngster Christy Pym and has a goalkeeping decision to make.

Last season: Chesterfield 4 Exeter 0, Exeter 0 Chesterfield 1 Last five league matches: Chesterfield L D W D W; Exeter W W L L D Top scorers: Eoin Doyle, Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) 11; Eliot Richards (Exeter) 10

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Our verdict: Chesterfield 1 Exeter 0

Morecambe v Scunthorpe

Shaun Beeley (ankle) and Jamie Devitt (knee) are unavailable for Morecambe while Andy Fleming will sit out the second game of a three-match suspension. Tony Diagne and Ryan Williams are available again following a bout of illness, but Stewart Drummond (toe) is out.

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up as his side bid to extend their unbeaten record to 27 matches and stay top of the table. Sean McAllister (rib) and Gary McSheffrey (hamstring) remain sidelined, while Paul Hayes and Deon Burton are pushing for a recall.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Morecambe D L L L D; Scunthorpe W W D W D Top scorers: Padraig Amond (Morecambe) 10; Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 22

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Our verdict: Morecambe 0 Scunthorpe 3

Oxford v York

Oxford look set to be without Deane Smalley who continues to struggle with a calf strain which has kept him out since April 5. However, winger Alfie Potter is fully fit again having returned to action as a substitute in the victory over Plymouth last Saturday.

York's Calvin Andrew is hoping to continue up front after making his first start for the club last week but Tom Allan is pushing for a recall. Josh Carson, striker Wes Fletcher and defender Daniel Parslow (all knee) are out for the rest of the season.

Last season: Oxford Utd 0 York 0, York 3 Oxford Utd 1 Last five league matches: Oxford Utd W L L L W; York W W D D D Top scorers: James Constable (Oxford Utd) 12; Wes Fletcher (York) 13

Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands)

Our verdict: Oxford 1 York 1

Rochdale v Southend

Rochdale's leading goalscorer Scott Hogan (knee) suffered no reaction after returning to the starting line-up last week and is expected to resume. Dale lost 3-0 at Mansfield last week and require seven points from their final four games to guarantee automatic promotion.

Southend manager Phil Brown could shuffle his pack after a damaging defeat last time out which left them just one point clear of eighth-placed York. Barry Corr and Jacob Murphy are likely to benefit should Brown make changes.

Last season: Rochdale 4 Southend 2, Southend 3 Rochdale 1 Last five league matches: Rochdale W W D D L; Southend D W W W L Top scorers: Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 19; Kevan Hurst (Southend) 12

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Rochdale 2 Southend 1

Torquay v Dagenham

Torquay's Jayden Stockley serves the second of a three-game ban having been sent off against Scunthorpe earlier this month. Manager Chris Hargreaves will once again give the Gulls' promising young loanees a chance to impress with Shamir Goodwin, Shaquile Coulthirst and Baily Cargill all set to be involved once more.

Dagenham defender Scott Doe is in the middle of a three-match ban for his red card for violent conduct against Wycombe. Luke Wilkinson played 90 minutes last weekend on his return from an ankle injury but Rhys Murphy (groin) will miss the rest of the season and Zavon Hines (knee) also remains sidelined.

Last season: Dag & Red 2 Torquay 2, Torquay 2 Dag & Red 1 Last five league matches: Torquay L L L L W; Dag & Red D D W L L Top scorers: Ashley Yeoman (Torquay) 6; Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Our verdict: Torquay 1 Dagenham 0

Wycombe v Northampton

Wycombe's Max Kretzschmar (dead leg) is expected to be fit while Paris Cowan-Hall (ankle) should be available along with Matt Bloomfield (hamstring). Charles Dunne is on the comeback trail following a fractured tibula but Jon-Paul Pittman (quad) and Gary Doherty (arm) remain sidelined.

Northampton's Kelvin Langmead (knee) made his first appearance in 11 months last weekend and is set to retain his place on the bench but Darren Carter is unavailable as he completes his two-match suspension. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Zander Diamond are expected to return.

Last season: Wycombe 0 Northampton 0, Northampton 3 Wycombe 1 Last five league matches: Wycombe L L D W L; Northampton D D L W W Top scorers: Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 8; Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Our verdict: Wycombe 0 Northampton 1


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