Walsall v Bournemouth preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Bournemouth at the Banks's Stadium.

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Taylor: Available for selection

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Walsall boast a fully-fit squad for the weekend tie.

Defenders Andy Taylor (groin) and Dean Holden (ankle) are both back in full training and are available for selection.

However, manager Dean Smith will be hard pushed to make any changes to his XI after last weekend's impressive 3-1 victory at Preston.

On-loan goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin made his debut in the clash and is now set for his home bow at the Banks's Stadium.

Midfielder Florent Cuvelier continues to receive treatment on his hamstring injury at parent club Stoke and is a number of weeks away from fitness, but his loan has now come to an end, with the Saddlers weighing up another potential deal when he is back up to full speed.

The clash sees two of League One's form teams go head-to-head.

Bournemouth will be without top scorer Lewis Grabban as they look to bounce back from their midweek FA Cup exit at Walsall.

The Cherries were beaten 1-0 by Wigan in the third round replay on Tuesday night to end an 18-game unbeaten run since Eddie Howe returned to the south coast.

Grabban's knee injury rules him out of the trip while Josh McQuiod (calf) and Eunan O'Kane (foot) are both doubtful.

Southampton defender Dan Seaborne, who signed a loan deal with the club until the end of the season on Thursday, could come into the squad.

Fellow new arrival Ryan Fraser, signed from Aberdeen on Friday could be involved if his international clearance comes through in time.

One player set to return to the side is David James who has watched Shwan Jalal play in the cup competitions this season.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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