Sky Bet League 2 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 25 2014, 13:40 BST

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

Sam Morsy: Suspended for Chesterfield
Sam Morsy: Suspended for Chesterfield

Saturday, April 26

AFC Wimbledon v Morecambe

AFC Wimbledon will be without winger Kevin Sainte-Luce due to a knee injury he suffered in training two weeks ago. Long-term absentees Rhys Weston (knee) and Charlie Strutton (broken leg) remain out.

Andy Fleming will be back in Morecambe's ranks after serving a three-game ban. Ryan Edwards is available having extended his loan stay from Blackburn for the remainder of the campaign but Stewart Drummond (toe) is likely to miss out again and Shaun Beeley is a doubt.

Last season: AFC Wimbledon 2 Morecambe 0, Morecambe 3 AFC Wimbledon 1

Last five league matches: AFC Wimbledon L D W D W; Morecambe L L D D L

Top scorers: Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) 12; Padraig Amond & Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) 10

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: AFC Wimbledon 1 Morecambe 2

Bury v Portsmouth

Bury's top scorer Daniel Nardiello is suspended. Danny Rose was recalled from his loan spell by Barnsley this week, meaning Clive Platt, who had a pain-killing injection to play at York, could partner Hallam Hope in attack.

Portsmouth caretaker boss Andy Awford is set to rotate his squad. The likes of Jack Whatmough, Bondz N'Gala and Ryan Taylor could return to contention.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Daniel Nardiello (Bury) 16; Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) 11

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Bury 1 Portsmouth 1

Dagenham & Redbridge v Northampton

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett has hinted he may rest skipper Abu Ogogo, who has been an almost ever-present this season. Ade Azeez (thigh) will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Northampton will welcome back defender Zander Diamond from injury. With Diamond's return, boss Chris Wilder should have no fresh injury concerns and could hand youngster Ivan Toney his first start this year after the striker impressed as a half-time substitute on Monday.

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

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

Top scorers: Rhys Murphy (Dag & Red) 13; Emile Sinclair (Northampton) 6

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

Our verdict: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Northampton 1

Exeter v Scunthorpe

Tom Nichols is set to retain his place in the Exeter side. Winger David Wheeler and captain Danny Coles are pushing for recalls to the starting XI.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up. Wilcox, who has no new selection issues, made only one change for Monday's home win against Oxford as Michael Collins was recalled in place of teenager Hakeeb Adelakun and the experienced midfielder is likely to retain his place.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Eliot Richards (Exeter) 10; Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe) 23

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Our verdict: Exeter 2 Scunthorpe 2

Fleetwood v Southend

Fleetwood will be without suspended midfielder Alan Goodall. Full-back Charlie Taylor is another absentee - the on-loan Leeds defender is still sidelined by an ankle problem - while midfielder Jeff Hughes broke his leg midway through the campaign.

Southend manager Phil Brown will check on the fitness of Kevan Hurst, Jakub Sokolik and John Egan, who are all nursing minor knocks following Monday's 1-0 home win against Accrington.

Last season: Southend 1 Fleetwood Town 1, Fleetwood Town 0 Southend 0

Last five league matches: Fleetwood Town D W D W W; Southend W W L W W

Top scorers: Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) 14; Kevan Hurst (Southend) 12

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Fleetwood 1 Southend 2

Mansfield v Torquay

Mansfield will check on Darryl Westlake (hamstring) and Chris Clements (knee). On-loan goalkeeper Lewis Price will continue between the posts as Alan Marriott (dislocated finger) and Ian Deakin (thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Torquay have Jayden Stockley available again after suspension as they look for the victory needed to keep their faint survival hopes alive. Billy Bodin looks set to miss out once more having limped out of their loss to Dagenham recently.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Sam Clucas (Mansfield) 13; Ashley Yeoman (Torquay) 7

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Our verdict: Mansfield 0 Torquay 1

Oxford v Accrington

Oxford could recall James Constable to their starting line-up. There could also be starts for the likes of Fulham loanee Ryan Williams and Andy Whing at the Kassam Stadium.

On-loan attacking midfielder Lee Molyneux will have a knock assessed ahead of Accrington's trip. Stanley boss James Beattie will run the rule over the 25-year-old on Friday morning and see if he can take part in training.

Last season: Accrington Stanley 0 Oxford Utd 3, Oxford Utd 5 Accrington Stanley 0

Last five league matches: Oxford Utd L L W L L; Accrington Stanley W L D D L

Top scorers: James Constable (Oxford Utd) 12; Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) 10

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Our verdict: Oxford 1 Accrington 2

Plymouth v Hartlepool

Plymouth will be without striker Marvin Morgan who is in hospital awaiting the results of medical tests after falling ill during a training session on Tuesday.

Hartlepool will be without the suspended Simon Walton after losing their appeal against the midfielder's red card on Monday. Luke James is hoping to shake off an ankle injury while fellow teenager Jack Barmby, on loan from Manchester United, is pushing for a recall.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Plymouth L W L L L; Hartlepool L L L L W

Top scorers: Reuben Reid (Plymouth) 20; Luke James (Hartlepool) 16

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

Our verdict: Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 3

Rochdale v Cheltenham

Rochdale will bid to seal automatic promotion without leading goalscorer Scott Hogan, who has an ankle problem. Midfielder Peter Vincenti is a major doubt after being knocked unconscious during Monday's win and his replacement Joe Bunney is hoping to retain his place after scoring the opening goal.

Cheltenham have no fresh injury worries. The Robins secured League Two survival with a 2-0 victory against Mansfield and their two-goal hero Jamie Cureton looks set to start up front alongside Byron Harrison once again.

Last season: Cheltenham 0 Rochdale 0, Rochdale 4 Cheltenham 1

Last five league matches: Rochdale D D L L W; Cheltenham W L D L W

Top scorers: Scott Hogan (Rochdale) 19; Byron Harrison (Cheltenham) 15

Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands).

Our verdict: Rochdale 2 Cheltenham 1

Wycombe v Bristol Rovers

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth could name himself in the matchday squad. Paris Cowan-Hall's ankle problem and Matt McClure's hamstring injury have left the Chairboys short of attacking options and forced Ainsworth to put himself on the bench for the 1-0 defeat at Fleetwood.

Bristol Rovers will be without Michael Smith (thigh). Boss Darrell Clarke will wait on the fitness of Danny Woodards (hamstring), Steven Gillespie (hamstring) and Chris Beardsley (knee) who all missed Monday's defeat to Rochdale.

Last season: Bristol Rovers 1 Wycombe 0, Wycombe 2 Bristol Rovers 0

Last five league matches: Wycombe D W L D L; Bristol Rovers L D L L L

Top scorers: Dean Morgan (Wycombe) 8; John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) 15

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

Our verdict: Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 1

York v Newport

York manager Nigel Worthington has a near full-strength squad to choose from. Midfielder Lewis Montrose made his first start since January in Monday's win against Bury and Worthington must decide whether to retain him or recall Adam Reed.

Newport will assess Tom Naylor (ankle), while last season's top scorer Aaron O'Connor will continue his return to full fitness with another appearance having featured as a substitute in the last two matches.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Wes Fletcher (York) 13; Chris Zebroski (Newport County) 13

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Our verdict: York 4 Newport 2

Sunday April 27

Burton v Chesterfield

Burton have been dealt a double injury blow with the news that Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Achilles) and Jimmy Phillips (knee) could miss the remainder of the campaign. Striker Adam McGurk (groin) is expected to feature and on-loan Wolves winger Zeli Ismail (hamstring) could also be in the squad if he passes a fitness test.

Drew Talbot (abductor) may come back into contention for Chesterfield. Sam Morsy will serve the second game of a three-match suspension while fellow midfielder Ollie Banks (foot) will not play again this season.

Last season: Burton Albion 0 Chesterfield 1, Chesterfield 1 Burton Albion 1

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

Top scorers: Billy Kee (Burton Albion) 14; Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) 13

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Burton 0 Chesterfield 0


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