Huddersfield v Preston preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End at the Galpharm Stadium.

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Rhodes: Set to start for Town

Rhodes: Set to start for Town

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark will select from virtually a fully-fit squad.

Clark has no new injury or suspension worries and the only player not available is goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who has not featured this season due to a knee problem that required surgery in September.

Central defender Jamie McCombe is hoping to be included in the squad. He returned to contention last week following a three-match suspension but was left out altogether as Clark retained club captain Peter Clarke alongside Antony Kay.

Striker Jordan Rhodes is expected to partner either Alan Lee or Lee Novak up front after scoring 10 goals in his last four matches, including five in two appearances for Scotland Under-21s.

Huddersfield are hoping to extend their record unbeaten league run to 39 matches, and a point would be enough to see them go top of the table if Charlton slip up against Carlisle.

Preston remain hopeful top-scorer Neil Mellor could play some part as they bid to get back into the play-off places.

Mellor, who has struck eight goals this season and bagged the League One player of the month award for September, is struggling with an ankle injury he sustained against Walsall.

The striker missed the visit of Sheffield United on Wednesday and was considered highly doubtful for the trip to the Terriers.

But North End boss Phil Brown has refused to rule Mellor out and will be hoping he can return after seeing his side go down 4-2 to the Blades.

Midfield pair Paul Coutts and Barry Nicholson, and defender Brian McLean all picked up knocks in that game so will be monitored before they are declared available.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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