Sky Bet EFL team news & Opta stats

Last Updated March 20 2017, 21:08Football

Check out the team news and Opta stats ahead of Tuesday night's five matches in the Sky Bet EFL.

All matches start at 1945 GMT...

Sky Bet League One


Coventry City v Port Vale

Stuart Beavon and Kwame Thomas are set to return to the Coventry squad against Port Vale on Tuesday night.

Beavon was rested for the defeat at MK Dons at the weekend due to fatigue, while Thomas was injured, but both players are now back in full training.

However, fellow striker Marcus Tudgay is out after suffering an ankle injury against the Dons and the club are awaiting the results of a scan to determine the full extent of the damage.

Kevin Foley continues to struggle with an ankle problem, but Jordan Willis and Chris Stokes are both fine after suffering no ill-effects on their return from injury on Saturday.

Vale are likely to be without midfielder Callum Guy, who was forced off during the first half of Friday's victory over Shrewsbury with a hamstring injury.

Forward Anton Forrester will also be assessed after requiring treatement during the first half and not returning after the interval.

Doubts also remain over the fitness of Scott Tanser, Kjell Knops, Jerome Thomas and Danny Pugh.

On-loan QPR winger Olamide Shodipo should be available before linking up for international duty with Republic of Ireland Under-21s. 

Opta stats: 

The Sky Blues won the reverse of this fixture 2-0 – they’ve not done the league double over Port Vale since the 1957-58 campaign. 

The Valiants have lost only one of their last eight away league games against Coventry (W3 D4), though it was in this exact fixture last season. 

Coventry have won just one of their last 22 league games (D4 L17), failing to score 10 times in that run. 

Meanwhile, Port Vale have won just one away league game all season, failing to win any of their last 11 since a 1-0 win at MK Dons in October (D4 L7). 

However, the Valiants have picked up two wins in their last three League One games (L1).     

Oxford United v Bolton Wanderers (live on Sky Sports 1 HD)

Oxford manager Michael Appleton will have Christian Ribeiro available for the visit of Bolton on Tuesday night.

The defender was left out of their 2-1 victory over promotion-chasing Scunthorpe on Saturday due to a hip problem but will return to the matchday squad.

Midfielder Ryan Ledson misses out as he is away on international duty with the England Under-20 squad.

Appleton could make changes to his starting line-up as the U's prepare for four games in 13 days, including the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley on April 2.

Jay Spearing could be back in contention to start for Bolton.

The former Liverpool midfielder returned after three games out with a knee injury as a late substitute in Saturday's victory over Northampton.

It had initially been feared Spearing could miss the rest of the season but he underlined his speedy return to fitness by playing a part in Filipe Morais' winning goal.

The Trotters have no new injury or suspension concerns as they look to extend the three-game winning run that has pushed them into the automatic promotion places. 

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Oxford have failed to score in their last three home league games against Bolton, with the last two games ending 0-0. However, this is the first such meeting between the sides since April 1999. 

The Trotters suffered their first home league defeat of the season in the reverse of this fixture back in October. 

Oxford beat Scunthorpe at home on Saturday thanks to Curtis Nelson’s 90th minute strike – ending a run of three straight home league defeats for the U’s. 

Bolton have bagged exactly four goals in each of their last two away league games. 

Ten of Bolton’s last 12 league goals have come courtesy of Flipe Morais, with the Portuguese winger scoring once and assisting an impressive nine times.     

Rochdale v Millwall

Rochdale boss Keith Hill may keep changes to a minimum as Millwall visit in Sky Bet League One after his team finally ended their winless run.

Dale claimed their first win in 11 games against Gillingham on Saturday after Hill recalled Conrad Logan in goal and forward Joe Bunney returned after two months out injured.

Full-back Joe Rafferty remains a doubt after suffering a blow in last Tuesday's loss at Scunthorpe.

Striker Steve Davies is continuing his recovery from a calf injury.

Millwall could remain unchanged for their trip.

Manager Neil Harris made one change for their goalless draw against Bury as Shane Ferguson replaced Aiden O'Brien in the starting line-up.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer remains a doubt as he recovers from a groin injury.

The Lions have no other injury worries. 

Opta stats: 

Rochdale won the reverse fixture 3-2 in September thanks to Ian Henderson’s 90th minute penalty. They’ve never done the league double against Millwall. 

The Lions had won three league games in a row against Rochdale prior to September’s defeat. 

Dale have lost just one of their last 16 home league games (W11 D4), keeping eight clean sheets in that run. 

Only Oldham (9) have had more goalless draws in League One this season than Millwall (6), with three of those coming in the Lions’ last five games. 

Rochdale have bagged 14 goals in their last six league games (2.3 per game) but have won just one of those (D3 L2).   

Sky Bet League Two


Morecambe v Accrington Stanley

Morecambe are without back-up goalkeeper Danijel Nizic for the visit of Accrington in Sky Bet League Two.

The 22-year-old will also miss Saturday's clash with Mansfield having been called up by Australia Under-23s for international friendlies against Austria and Finland.

His absence means youngster Niall Maher will be added to manager Jim Bentley's squad.

The Shrimps have no new injury concerns following Saturday's defeat at Plymouth.

Accrington will be without Scott Brown through suspension following the midfielder's third sending-off of the season.

Brown will sit out the next five games after being dismissed for a bad tackle in the draw at Yeovil on Saturday.

Midfielder Arron Davies remains on the sidelines after being injured in a domestic accident.

Sean Clare, who is on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, also continues to be assessed after missing the last two games with a foot injury. 

Opta stats: 

After failing to win any of their first 16 league encounters with Stanley, Morecambe have won two of their last three against them. 

Accrington led 2-0 in the reverse of this fixture, but ended up losing 3-2 in a match that saw Mark Hughes sent off. 

The Shrimps have lost 11 home league games this season (including three of the last four), second only to Leyton Orient in the top four tiers of English football (16). 

Stanley have won just two of their last 13 away league games (D4 L7), though they are unbeaten in their last four on the road (W1 D3). 

Only Accrington (8) have been shown more red cards in League Two this season than Morecambe (6).     

Newport County v Luton Town

Skipper Joss Labadie is a doubt for Newport ahead of their clash with Luton.

Labadie hobbled off 41 minutes into their 3-1 defeat against Blackpool with a hip flexor problem and could miss out.

Sid Nelson also came off early in the same game, so Mickey Demetriou and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb could deputise for both men.

Caretaker boss Michael Flynn, who saw Newport's 100 per cent record under his reign end last weekend, has no other issues ahead of the game.

Luton defenders Scott Cuthbert and Johnny Mullins are back in contention.

Cuthbert has missed the Hatters' last two games with a hamstring injury, while Mullins has not featured for Nathan Jones' side since their Checkatrade Trophy defeat against Oxford three weeks ago due to injury.

Full-back Alan Sheehan is a doubt after suffering a shoulder injury against Exeter on Saturday.

Dan Potts is still being assessed as he recovers from a concussion suffered last week against Carlisle. 

Opta stats: 

Cameron McGeehan’s two penalties gave Luton a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture, despite the Hatters having John Mullins sent off late on. 

Newport have won just one of their last 11 home league games (D4 L6). 

Four of Luton’s last six League Two games have finished as draws (W1 L1). 

Danny Hylton has scored seven of Luton’s last 12 league goals.  

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