Walsall v Huddersfield preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Huddersfield at Banks's Stadium.

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Smith: Suspended for Saddlers

Smith: Suspended for Saddlers

Manny Smith will be suspended for Walsall.

The centre-back was harshly shown red in last weekend's 4-2 defeat at relegation rivals Exeter, a decision which changed the pattern of the game, and will now serve a one-match suspension.

Olly Lancashire will step in for Smith while right-back Lee Beevers returns from his one-match ban served at St James Park to challenge Richard Taundry for a defensive start.

Young striker George Bowerman, 20, and midfielder Adam Chambers are both back in training after respective foot and calf injuries.

Walsall know victory against the Terriers in their final home game of the season will secure their League One survival, otherwise it will go down to a nerve-wracking final day for the second campaign in succession.

Huddersfield are again expected to be without striker Alan Lee.

Lee has almost shaken off the knee injury that has kept him out of the last two matches but is not expected to be rushed back ahead of the play-offs, so Lee Novak looks set to continue alongside Jordan Rhodes.

But the Terriers could be boosted by the return of midfield pair Oscar Gobern and Damien Johnson.

Gobern has missed the last 11 matches with a hamstring injury, while Johnson has played no part in the previous nine due to a similar problem. Both players came through unscathed in a behind-closed-doors friendly in midweek.

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies is back in contention after sustaining a head injury in training a fortnight ago, but manager Simon Grayson is likely to continue with Ian Bennett.

Defender Gary Naysmith remains sidelined with a knee injury as Grayson's side look to recover some form as they prepare themselves for the play-offs.

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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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