Walsall v Scunthorpe preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday night's League One clash between Walsall and Scunthorpe at Banks's Stadium.

Last Updated: 05/11/12 at 17:51   

Florent Cuvelier: Misses out for Walsall

Florent Cuvelier: Misses out for Walsall

Walsall will be without Florent Cuvelier while Febian Brandy and Andy Taylor are both huge doubts.

Star midfielder Cuvelier remains sidelined with the hamstring problem that ruled him out of Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Lincoln.

Forward Brandy (knock) and full-back Taylor (hamstring) also missed the tie and both are highly unlikely to feature against the Iron, who will be looking to bounce back from a 4-0 cup defeat at League Two Gillingham in Brian Laws' first game in charge.

Manager Dean Smith could opt to name an unchanged side while the likes of James Baxendale, Richard Taundry and Paul Downing provide one or two options.

After a promising start to the campaign the Saddlers are now winless in eight matches stretching back to late September.

Scunthorpe's new loan signing Steve Mildenhall is set to make his debut at Walsall in manager Brian Laws' first league game back in charge.

Laws, back at Glanford Park for a third spell as manager, signed Mildenhall on a month's loan from Millwall and he is expected to replace Sam Slocombe in goal.

But defender David Mirfin is doubtful after being forced out of Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Gillingham after twisting his leg in an awkward fall. Niall Canavan or Callum Kennedy could come into contention if Mirfin fails to make it.

Leading goalscorer Leon Clarke and midfielder David Prutton are expected to return to the starting line-up after being refused permission to play at the weekend by parent clubs Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

Midfielder Damien Mozika, who made his first appearance of the season on Saturday following a long-term ankle injury, is expected to start on the bench again as the Iron chase their first win in eight league matches.

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3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

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