Crewe v Coventry preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Coventry City at the Alexandra Stadium.

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Ellis: Hopes to play for Railwaymen

Ellis: Hopes to play for Railwaymen

Crewe boss Steve Davis expects Mark Ellis to be fit as they prepare to host managerless Coventry.

The defender was substituted during Tuesday's Capital One Cup defeat at West Ham after a nasty collision with Hammers keeper Stephen Henderson.

Ellis suffered a nasty cut in the clash but resumed training on Thursday morning and should feature against the Sky Blues.

Fellow defender Adam Dugdale is on standby having replaced him in midweek and will deputise again should Ellis be unavailable.

Striker Mathias Pogba is rated as doubtful with a knee injury he suffered in last weekend's 5-1 defeat to Brentford.

But Matt Tootle and Michael West are both available for selection after they came through a midweek friendly with Sheffield Wednesday unscathed.

Meanwhile, Coventry caretaker boss Richard Shaw could well be tempted to keep faith with an unchanged XI for this away fixture.

Following last Sunday's sacking of Andy Thorn, assistant Shaw was temporarily handed the Sky Blues reins alongside Lee Carsley and duly guided the club to a 3-2 Capital One Cup triumph over Birmingham in midweek.

Shaw made two changes for the encounter, with Richard Wood (knee) missing out and fellow defender Kevin Malaga dropping to the bench as summer signing William Edjenguele came in for his debut at centre-half and young Jordan Willis started at full-back.

And Shaw's only change at Gresty Road potentially comes in defence if Wood recovers in time, with Willis okay to start again after cramp forced him off.

Midfielder John Fleck (hamstring), Conor Thomas (ankle) and David Bell (hip) remain unavailable, along with defenders Jordan Clarke (knock) and Nathan Cameron (knee).

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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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