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  • Last Updated: September 5 2014, 16:32 BST

Team news, our best bets and score verdicts ahead of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League One.

Bradford City can get the better of Yeovil Town
Bradford City can get the better of Yeovil Town

Back Bradford City to beat Yeovil Town

Bradford followed up their Capital One Cup triumph over arch rivals Leeds United with an impressive 2-0 victory at Rochdale last weekend. They are rightly one of the more fancied teams in this division and I expect them to be particularly strong at home where they receive such a large support. Peterborough have managed to win at Valley Parade this season, but Yeovil are no Posh. They did win at Walsall but lost at Gillingham and I can’t see them getting anything from this long trip north.

Back Bristol City HT/FT v Scunthorpe

Bristol City have made a flying start to the new season with three wins and two draws from their five matches to date. They have taken four points out of six at Ashton Gate an come up against a Scunthorpe side who are yet to win on their travels. Only Crewe have conceded more goals than the Iron’s 11 so far and I see the home side chalking up a comprehensive win so get involved in the HT/FT market for this one.

Saturday, September 6

Bradford (5) v Yeovil (19)

Bradford midfielder Gary Liddle could return after an ankle injury forced him to miss the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Oldham. Midfielder Billy Knott, strikers Billy Clarke and Mason Bennett, plus winger Filipe Morais are all hoping to return.

Yeovil will assess captain Joe Edwards' foot injury before they make the trip. James Berrett (thigh), Liam Davis (wrist), and Joe Grant (foot) will all miss out once more along with Simon Gillett (foot).

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bradford W D W L W; Yeovil L L W D D Top scorers: James Hanson (Bradford) 5; James Hayter, Kevin Dawson, Kieffer Moore, Nathan Ralph & Simon Gillett (Yeovil) 1 Match odds: H 11-10 A 5-2 D 12-5

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Bradford 2 Yeovil 0

Bristol City (3) v Scunthorpe (21)

Wales Under-21 duty means Bristol City will be without attacker Wes Burns at Ashton Gate. Burns' absence could open the door for Bobby Reid to return to the squad while Kieran Agard set for a home debut.

Scunthorpe are without loanee Miles Addison who has returned to Bournemouth due to a knee injury and fellow defender Luke O'Neill. Goalkeepers Sam Slocombe (shoulder) and James Severn (thigh) are out while Deon Burton and David Syers (both knee) remain sidelined and Eddie Nolan has a neck problem.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bristol City W W D D W; Scunthorpe L L L D W Top scorers: Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) 4; Gary McSheffrey, Paddy Madden & Billy Kee (Scunthorpe) 2 Match odds: H 4-6 A 9-2 D 31-5

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Our verdict: Bristol City 3 Scunthorpe 1

Crawley Town (16) v Rochdale (20)

Crawley are without Wales Under-21 pair Joe Walsh and Gwion Edwards while skipper Josh Simpson remains sidelined by an ankle injury. Bobson Bawling (hamstring) and Conor Henderson (knee) are doubts but Dean Leacock, Ryan Dickson and Jimmy Smith should shake off knocks.

Rochdale pair Ian Henderson and Tom Kennedy are both expected to return after being rested in midweek. Captain Ollie Lancashire (groin) is out meaning former Norwich striker Henderson could skipper the side.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Crawley Town W W L L L; Rochdale L L W D L Top scorers: Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) 3; Matt Done (Rochdale) 4 Match odds: H 6-5 A 23-10 D 23-10

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

Our verdict: Crawley 2 Rochdale 1

Oldham (17) v Fleetwood Town (2)

Lee Johnson's two deadline-day recruits Dominic Poleon and Michael Tidser are in contention for their Oldham debuts at SportsDirect.Com Park. Genseric Kusunga is away on international duty with Angola so misses out, while top scorer Jonathan Forte is expected to be recalled.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander is likely to make several changes with Jamie Proctor and Stephen Dobbie under consideration in attack. Midfielders Jeff Hughes (broken leg) and Keith Southern (hernia) are making good progress but Jamille Matt (leg) is out for the remainder of the campaign.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Oldham D L D L W; Fleetwood Town W W W D D Top scorers: Jonathan Forte (Oldham) 4; Jamie Proctor (Fleetwood Town) 3 Match odds: H 11-8 A 2-1 D 9-4

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Oldham 1 Fleetwood 1

Peterborough (1) v Port Vale (18)

Gaby Zakuani and Kenny McEvoy are on international duty, while Peterborough are also without injured trio Michael Bostwick, Erhun Oztumer and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Kgosi Ntlhe is available after suspension but is struggling with a groin problem, though Jack Baldwin and Jon Taylor set to return.

Achille Campion will have to wait for his Port Vale debut after a thigh injury ruled him out, while fellow new signing Jordan Slew is not considered fit enough to feature. Vale boss Micky Adams could ring the changes after three straight home defeats, with fringe players Adam Yates, Louis Dodds and Chris Birchall in contention.

Last season: Peterborough 0 Port Vale 0, Port Vale 0 Peterborough 1 Last five league matches: Peterborough W W L W W; Port Vale D W D L L Top scorers: Marcus Maddison (Peterborough) 5; Tom Pope (Port Vale) 5 Match odds: H 7-10 A 19-5 D 14-5

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Our verdict: Peterborough 2 Port Vale 1

Walsall (22) v Colchester (23)

Walsall boss Dean Smith has a growing injury crisis after Sam Mantom suffered a further setback in his recovery. The midfielder aggravated a knee injury in a friendly this week and joins James Chambers (groin), Ashley Grimes (calf) and Ben Purkiss and Jordan Cook (both ankle) on the sidelines.

Colchester's new manager Tony Humes could make changes in his first match in charge after replacing Joe Dunne. Winger Sanchez Watt (tendonitis) is expected to return while Josh Thompson is nearing a comeback after a hamstring problem.

Last season: Walsall 0 Colchester 1, Colchester 1 Walsall 1 Last five league matches: Walsall D D L D L; Colchester D L L L L Top scorers: Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) 3; George Moncur & Freddie Sears (Colchester) 2 Match odds: H 5-6 A 17-5 D 5-2

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

Our verdict: Walsall 1 Colchester 1