Rochdale v Burton Albion preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Burton Albion at Spotland Stadium.

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Cavanagh: Remains a doubt for Dale

Cavanagh: Remains a doubt for Dale

Rochdale boss John Coleman faces a goalkeeping headache for the visit of Burton.

Coleman has to decide whether to recall number one Josh Lillis, who was rested for the midweek penalty shootout victory over Fleetwood, or stick with deputy Ben Smith after he saved two spot-kicks at Spotland.

The Town manager made only one substitution over the 120 minutes on Tuesday and could opt to rotate his squad against Albion, with Dele Adebola, who scored against Barnet last weekend, in line for a recall.

Elsewhere, captain Peter Cavanagh is hopeful of returning to the Dale midfield but remains a doubt with a calf problem.

Long-term absentees Luke Watson (knee) and Reece Gray (broken leg) remain on the sidelines along with goalkeeper Matt Edwards, who has a wrist injury.

Burton boss Gary Rowett is expected to make a handful of changes.

Rowett made five changes from the 3-0 defeat at Exeter for the midweek trip to Coventry in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and saw his side secure their first clean sheet of the season as the game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes, before the Sky Blues won 10-9 on penalties.

Andy Corbett (right-back), Aaron Webster (centre-back) and Matt Paterson (up front) started their first games of the campaign at the Ricoh Arena, while midfielder Jack Dyer and striker Billy Kee were also recalled.

Kee will drop out of the team as he is away on international duty with the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad so Calvin Zola, rested against Coventry, is likely to spearhead the Albion attack at Spotland. Anthony O'Connor and Zander Diamond should return to the defence with Robbie Weir and Jacques Maghoma coming back into midfield.

Another potential change could come in goal following the signing of Stuart Tomlinson on a short-term contract. When talking about his latest acquisition on Friday Rowett was 'undecided' on whether Tomlinson or Ross Atkins would start at Rochdale.

Nathan Stanton would have been involved on Tuesday night but had to be withdrawn from the squad an hour before kick-off due to a migraine. If he has recovered, the defender will be considered for the squad.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Morecambe  
Bury v Portsmouth  
Dag + Red v Northamptn  
Exeter v Scunthorpe  
Fleetwood v Southend  
Mansfield v Torquay  
Oxford Utd v Accrington  
Plymouth v Hartlepool  
Rochdale v Cheltenham  
Wycombe v Bristol R  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 44 26 80
2 Chesterfld 44 28 78
3 Rochdale 44 20 78
4 Fleetwood 44 15 75
5 Burton Alb 44 8 72
6 Southend 44 16 68
7 York City 44 10 67
8 Oxford Utd 44 6 62
9 Plymouth 44 -7 58
10 Bury 44 8 57
11 Dag + Red 44 -4 57
12 Mansfield 44 -8 57
13 Portsmouth 44 -10 57
14 AFC W'don 44 -4 56
15 Newport 44 -3 55
16 Cheltenham 44 -7 55
17 Hartlepool 44 -4 52
18 Accrington 44 -4 51
19 Morecambe 44 -15 50
20 Exeter 44 -7 49
21 Wycombe 44 -10 47
22 Bristol R 44 -11 47
23 Northamptn 44 -20 47
24 Torquay 44 -23 42

Updated Thu, 24 Apr 2014

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