Sky Bet League 1 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 25 2014, 13:10 BST

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

Kevin Lisbie: Could return to the Orient squad
Kevin Lisbie: Could return to the Orient squad

Saturday, April 26

Bradford v Crawley

Bradford striker James Hanson is expected to return from a back problem. The Bantams will be without on-loan winger Adam Reach following his return to parent club Middlesbrough, while Nathan Doyle (groin) is doubtful.

Josh Simpson and Andy Drury (knocks) should return for Crawley. Kyle McFadzean (ankle) is expected to be available again so the only absentees for the Reds are striker Billy Clarke (broken hand) and full-back Paul Connolly, who is still suspended.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bradford D L D W L; Crawley Town L W W W L

Top scorers: James Hanson (Bradford) 12; Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) 9 Referee: Seb Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Bradford 1 Crawley 3

Bristol City v Crewe

Bristol City goalkeeper Simon Moore will continue between the posts in the absence of Frank Fielding, who has had a couple of injections in his injured bicep and could return next weekend.

Teenage striker Max Clayton may play some part for Crewe after returning to training following an ankle problem which has sidelined him since November. Boss Steve Davis would certainly like to have more attacking options with top scorer Chuks Aneke serving the final game of his three-match suspension.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 26; Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 17

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Bristol City 1 Crewe 1

Carlisle v Oldham

Carlisle pair Paul Thirlwell (Achilles) and Liam Noble (calf) have joined the club's extensive injury list. Striker Lee Miller, midfielder James Berrett, plus defenders Courtney Meppen-Walter and Reece Brown are all nursing groin injuries and will be monitored. Centre-half Sean O'Hanlon has missed the last two matches with a similar problem and remains doubtful.

In-form Oldham could name the same starting line-up for the seventh straight fixture as they look to seal their League One safety.

Last season: Oldham 1 Carlisle 2, Carlisle 3 Oldham 1

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

Top scorers: David Amoo (Carlisle) 11; Danny Philliskirk (Oldham) 12

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Carlisle 0 Oldham 0

Colchester v Brentford

Colchester boss Joe Dunne will be able to choose from the same squad that claimed a valuable point at fellow strugglers Crewe on Monday. Craig Eastmond will be hoping to reclaim his starting place while Sanchez Watt (quad) continues to play through the pain barrier.

Alan McCormack should return to the Brentford squad after recovering from a minor knock. Winger Sam Saunders is close to returning after a knee operation but defender Harlee Dean is out with a groin problem and midfielder Adam Forshaw has undergone ankle surgery.

Last season: Colchester 1 Brentford 3, Brentford 1 Colchester 0

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

Top scorers: Freddie Sears (Colchester) 10; Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 18

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Colchester 2 Brentford 2

Coventry v Wolves

Coventry defender Jordan Willis (knee) is a doubt as the Sky Blues look to return to winning ways. Midfielder Franck Moussa will once again be sidelined with a back problem.

Kenny Jackett will resist experimenting with his Wolves starting XI despite having already wrapped up the League One title. With no fresh injuries to concern him following Monday's 3-1 win at Leyton Orient, the ex-Millwall manager could name an unchanged side.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (Coventry) 22; Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton) 19 Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Our verdict: Coventry 1 Wolves 1

Leyton Orient v Tranmere

Elliot Omozusi (hip) and Kevin Lisbie (groin) could return to the Orient squad. Boss Russell Slade insists he will not rest players despite being guaranteed a play-off place.

Tranmere caretaker boss John McMahon has numerous injury concerns. Rovers remain without their captain James Wallace (groin) as well as veteran midfielder Jason Koumas (foot). Liam Ridehalgh (knee), Ian Goodison (thigh), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (thigh) and Steve Jennings (knee) are all doubtful.

Last season: Leyton Orient 2 Tranmere 1, Tranmere 3 Leyton Orient 1

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

Top scorers: David Mooney (Leyton Orient) 20; Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 20

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

Our verdict: Leyton Orient 2 Tranmere 2

Notts County v Swindon

On-loan Bolton midfielder Josh Vela (knock) is expected to return to the Notts County squad. Along with Vela, manager Shaun Derry has the likes of Mustapha Dumbuya, Tyrell Waite, Andre Boucaud, Gareth Roberts, Kyle Dixon and Nathan Tyson available should he wish to make any changes.

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard will play the final match of his loan stay with Swindon. Nathan Byrne will come back into contention having been ill.

Last season: Swindon 0 Notts County 0, Notts County 1 Swindon 0

Last five league matches: Notts County W L W L W; Swindon W L W W W

Top scorers: Callum McGregor (Notts County) 13; Michael Smith (Swindon) 17

Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland).

Our verdict: Notts County 1 Swindon 0

Preston v Gillingham

Preston defender Tom Clarke is expected to recover from a calf problem in time to feature. Keith Keane and Scott Wiseman (both knee) are again doubts but top scorer Joe Garner (calf) could be back in the starting line-up.

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor should have a clean bill of health and could make changes. Amine Linganzi, Myles Weston, Charlie Lee and Adebayo Akinfenwa were all on the bench for Monday's draw at Walsall and could all feature more prominently.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Joe Garner (Preston) 23; Cody McDonald (Gillingham) 16

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Our verdict: Preston 3 Gillingham 0

Rotherham v MK Dons

Steve Evans will continue to rotate his Rotherham squad as he prepares for the play-offs. The Millers boss will be forced into one change as midfielder Richie Smallwood begins a three-match ban after he was sent off in Monday's win over Port Vale.

George Baldock and Izale McLeod have added to the Dons' lengthy list of injury problems. Teenage midfielder Dele Alli (ankle) and experienced defender Antony Kay (thigh) remain doubts for manager Karl Robinson.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Rotherham W L D L W; Milton Keynes Dons L W L L D

Top scorers: Kieran Agard (Rotherham) 25; Ben Reeves (Milton Keynes Dons) 11

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Our verdict: Rotherham 2 MK Dons 1

Shrewsbury v Peterborough

Shrewsbury manager Mike Jackson should have no fresh injury concerns as his side look to keep their faint hopes of League One survival alive. Midfielder David McAllister (ankle) is Jackson's only notable absentee.

Peterborough will check on Danny Swanson (ankle) ahead of the trip. Shaun Brisley completes a two-match suspension while the likes of Mark Little, Jack Payne, Joe Newell, Tommy Rowe, Nicky Ajose and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing are pushing for recalls.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Shrewsbury L W L L L; Peterborough L W W L W

Top scorers: Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury) 8; Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough) 32

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex).

Our verdict: Shrewsbury 1 Peterborough 1

Stevenage v Walsall

Relegated Stevenage are set to be without seven first-team players. Skipper Jon Ashton and fellow defender Bira Dembele are struggling with ankle injuries while midfielders Roarie Deacon (ankle) and Dean Parrett (knee) remain sidelined. Strikers Darius Charles (ankle) and Francois Zoko (groin) are also injured and winger Filipe Morais is suspended.

Walsall manager Dean Smith should have no fresh concerns for the trip. Left-back Andy Taylor will be hoping for a recall.

Last season: Walsall 1 Stevenage 0, Stevenage 3 Walsall 1

Last five league matches: Stevenage D L L L L; Walsall W L L D D

Top scorers: Francois Zoko (Stevenage) 16; Craig Westcarr (Walsall) 16

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

Our verdict: Stevenage 1 Walsall 2

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