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Barnet boss Giuliano Grazioli faces a goalkeeper dilemma ahead of their final-day relegation decider.

Regular first-choice goalkeeper Jake Cole has failed to recover from a knee injury in time so Sam Walker or Liam O'Brien will get the nod.

Chelsea loanee Walker has made a couple of mistakes in recent matches so former Portsmouth keeper O'Brien could be recalled for the crucial match.

Midfielder Mark Byrne has been struggling with a muscle strain but is due to train before the weekend and should be available.

Matt Parsons (Achilles) is a doubt and fellow defender Anwar Uddin (ankle) is still out along with striker Steve Kabba (knee).

The Bees need to beat Vale and hope Lincoln fail to win against Aldershot in order to stay up.

Port Vale caretaker manager Mark Grew could well name the same starting XI as the one who demolished Morecambe 7-2 last weekend.

Grew will find it difficult to make changes on the back of such a comprehensive display by his Vale side, whose hopes of a play-off place remain mathematically possible but are minimal at best due to their vastly inferior goal difference.

The Vale boss must also take into consideration the battle to avoid relegation, with opponents Barnet fighting it out with Lincoln to remain in League Two.

Forward Sean Rigg (knee ligament damage) and midfielder Doug Loft (ankle) remain ruled out.

The likes of Kris Taylor, John McCombe, Gary Roberts and Lewis Haldane remains options should Grew wish to make any changes, while he could also hand further game time to rookies Ryan Lloyd and Joe Davis after they played the final 20 minutes in the romp over Morecambe.

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League Two Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
AFC W'don v Plymouth  
Accrington v Hartlepool  
Cambridge Utd v Cheltenhm  
Carlisle v Burton Alb  
Exeter v Wycombe  
Luton v Dag + Red  
Morecambe v York City  
Newport v Southend  
Northamptn v Oxford Utd  
Portsmth v Stevenage  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 13 11 28
2 Bury 13 12 26
3 Burton Alb 13 1 25
4 Luton 13 5 24
5 Plymouth 13 6 22
6 Morecambe 13 4 22
7 Shrewsbury 13 6 21
8 Southend 13 2 21
9 Newport 13 3 19
10 Cheltenhm 13 0 19
11 Cambridge Utd 13 8 18
12 Northamptn 13 3 18
13 AFC W'don 13 -1 18
14 Portsmth 13 -1 17
15 Stevenage 13 -3 17
16 Mansfield 13 -4 17
17 Exeter 13 -3 16
18 Accrington 13 -6 16
19 Dag + Red 13 -5 14
20 Oxford Utd 13 -5 13
21 Carlisle 13 -7 12
22 Hartlepool 13 -12 11
23 York City 13 -7 10
24 Tranmere 13 -7 9

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

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