Sky Bet League 1 briefing

  • Last Updated: April 4 2014, 13:40 BST

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

James Henry: Misses Peterborough clash through injury
James Henry: Misses Peterborough clash through injury

All matches start at 1500 BST

Saturday, April 5

Bradford v Oldham

Bradford striker James Hanson is still struggling with a back problem and remains doubtful, while Adam Drury (knee) is expected to miss out. Nathan Doyle (groin) is a doubt while striker Andy Gray (shingles) remains sidelined.

Oldham manager Lee Johnson will hope to name the same starting XI for a fourth successive game. Johnson may be forced into changes if a sickness bug does not ease by the weekend, while Genseric Kusunga (thigh), Anton Rodgers (knee), Joel Byrom (hamstring) and Rhys Murphy (hamstring) are doubts.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: James Hanson (Bradford) 12; Danny Philliskirk (Oldham) 12

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Our verdict: Bradford 1 Oldham 1

Brentford v Notts County

Sam Saunders (knee) is Brentford's only absentee. Midfielder George Saville proved his fitness with a substitute appearance at Sheffield United in midweek having missed the previous two matches with a niggling injury, so he could start.

Notts County boss Shaun Derry has plenty of options at his disposal as he looks to record a fourth straight win. He is able to call on the likes of Manny Smith, Dean Leacock, Curtis Thompson, Callum McGregor, Andre Boucaud and Nathan Tyson.

Last season: Brentford 2 Notts County 1, Notts County 1 Brentford 2

Last five league matches: Brentford W W L D D; Notts County L L W W W

Top scorers: Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 17; Callum McGregor (Notts County) 13

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Our verdict: Brentford 0 Notts County 1

Bristol City v Preston

Bristol City will be without Simon Gillett after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in the 2-1 defeat at Rotherham on Saturday. Cardiff loanee Simon Moore (groin) is back in training and could make the matchday squad.

Preston right-back Scott Wiseman is struggling with a knee injury and this game is likely to come too soon for him. Bailey Wright and Chris Humphrey will be hoping for recalls.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 22; Joe Garner (Preston) 23

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Our verdict: Bristol City 1 Preston 1

Carlisle v Swindon

Carlisle trio Pascal Chimbonda (calf), David Amoo (hamstring) and Matty Robson (back) are all hoping to return to action. Midfielder Luke Dawson, a recent loan signing from Stoke, is hoping to make his first appearance.

Swindon will be without midfielder Ryan Harley (hip) for the game. Influential midfielder Alex Pritchard returns from a three-match ban but this match looks to have come too soon for Grant Hall who has returned to training.

Last season: Swindon 4 Carlisle 0, Carlisle 2 Swindon 2

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

Top scorers: David Amoo (Carlisle) 11; Michael Smith (Swindon) 16

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham).

Our verdict: Carlisle 0 Swindon 1

Colchester v Tranmere

Colchester will be without suspended pair Brian Wilson and Craig Eastmond. On-loan Crystal Palace defender Alex Wynter is still waiting for his first appearance for the club, while Sanchez Watt continues to struggle with his quad injury.

Tranmere captain James Wallace (groin) is definitely out along with Abdulai Baggie (knee). Jason Koumas (toe) and Steve Jennings (knee) could return while Stephen Arthurworrey should also feature after returning to training this week following a back complaint.

Last season: Colchester 1 Tranmere 5, Tranmere 4 Colchester 0

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

Top scorers: Jabo Ibehre (Colchester) 8; Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 19

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

Our verdict: Colchester 1 Tranmere 1

Coventry v MK Dons

Coventry manager Steven Pressley could welcome back Callum Wilson (hamstring), Dan Seaborne (bruised bone) and Jordan Clarke (illness). John Fleck is definitely available after serving a two-match ban for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.

Dons boss Karl Robinson could be without five players. An ankle injury sustained by Ryan Hall means he joins Ben Reeves (ankle), Darren Potter (Achilles) and Lee Hodson (hip) in the treatment room.

Stephen Gleeson, who is struggling with a calf problem, is also rated as "touch and go" by Robinson but striker Izale McLeod trained on Thursday after recovering from his calf injury.

Last season: Milton Keynes Dons 2 Coventry 3, Coventry 1 Milton Keynes Dons 1

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

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (Coventry) 22; Ben Reeves (Milton Keynes Dons) 11

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

Our verdict: Coventry 1 MK Dons 2

Crawley v Crewe

Crawley will be without Dannie Bulman after he was sent off towards the end of Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat by Port Vale. But defender Kyle McFadzean is available again after completing a two-match ban for collecting 10 yellow cards this season, and striker Matt Tubbs hopes to return having missed the last two games with a hamstring strain.

Crewe remain without Harry Davis (knee), Ryan Colclough (stomach) and Max Clayton (ankle). On-loan striker Uche Ikpeazu (ankle) and midfielder Abdul Osman (illness) are expected to be involved.

Last season: Crawley Town 2 Crewe 0, Crewe 2 Crawley Town 0

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

Top scorers: Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) 8; Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 17

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Our verdict: Crawley 3 Crewe 0

Gillingham v Rotherham

Gillingham striker Danny Kedwell, who has been sidelined since January through a combination of hernia and knee problems, will miss out once again. Ryan Inniss (hamstring) is in contention to start but the game is set to come too soon for Chris Whelpdale (ankle).

Rotherham manager Steve Evans will pick from an unchanged squad. Striker Wes Thomas is fully recovered from a thigh injury but he has struggled to get in Evans' matchday 18 in recent weeks and again faces a fight to be involved.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Cody McDonald (Gillingham) 14; Kieran Agard (Rotherham) 20

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Gillingham 1 Rotherham 2

Port Vale v Walsall

Chris Robertson is available for Port Vale after the club won their appeal for mistaken identity for his dismissal against Crawley, but his red card has been transferred to Chris Lines, who begins a four-match suspension. Ben Williamson's ankle injury will be assessed after he missed out in midweek.

Walsall will be without top scorer Craig Westcarr after he received a straight red card in last weekend's victory over Shrewsbury. Westcarr is set to be replaced by on-loan Chelsea youngster Milan Lalkovic, who is fit again after missing the Shrews clash with a hamstring injury.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Port Vale D W L D W; Walsall D D D W W

Top scorers: Tom Pope (Port Vale) 16; Craig Westcarr (Walsall) 16

Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey).

Our verdict: Port Vale 0 Walsall 0

Sheffield United v Leyton Orient

Sheffield United quartet Harry Maguire (suspension), Stefan Scougall (thigh), Jose Baxter (hip) and Chris Porter are all hoping to return. Defensive pair Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring) are not ready to return.

Leyton Orient's Romain Vincelot has completed a two-match suspension for collecting 10 yellow cards this season but is struggling to shake off a foot injury. Marvin Bartley remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Last season: Sheff Utd 0 Leyton Orient 0, Leyton Orient 0 Sheff Utd 1

Last five league matches: Sheff Utd D L W L D; Leyton Orient W L D D L

Top scorers: Jose Baxter & Chris Porter (Sheff Utd) 9; David Mooney (Leyton Orient) 18

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

Our verdict: Sheffield United 1 Leyton Orient 1

Shrewsbury v Stevenage

Shrewsbury defender Joseph Mills will miss out after he was given a straight red card in last week's 1-0 defeat at Walsall. Striker Tom Bradshaw (knee) is in contention to return along with Jermaine Grandison (hamstring) and Dave McAllister (ankle) but Luke Summerfield (thigh) will miss out.

Michael Doughty returns from suspension for Stevenage. Simon Heslop had to go off in the second half of Tuesday's goalless draw against Wolves but he was only suffering from cramp and should be fine, however fellow midfielders Dean Parrett (cruciate) and Roarie Deacon (ankle) are out.

Last season: Shrewsbury 2 Stevenage 1, Stevenage 1 Shrewsbury 1

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

Top scorers: Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury) 7; Francois Zoko (Stevenage) 16

Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland).

Our verdict: Shrewsbury 1 Stevenage 2

Wolves v Peterborough

Wolves midfielder James Henry is set to miss out after he limped off early with a groin injury in Tuesday's goalless draw at Stevenage. Bakary Sako (toe) and Matt Doherty (hamstring) could return after short spells on the sidelines.

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson has several players pushing for starting roles, most notably striker Nick Ajose and on-loan winger Lloyd Isgrove following their impressive performances from the bench in the 2-0 win against Colchester. Midfielder Joe Newell serves the second game of his three-match ban.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

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

Top scorers: Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton) 19; Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough) 29

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Our verdict: Wolves 3 Peterborough 2

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