Colchester v Preston preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Colchester and Preston at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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Kem Izzet: Still on the treatment table

Kem Izzet: Still on the treatment table

Colchester boss Joe Dunne must decide whether to stick or twist for the visit of out-of-sorts North End.

Dunne named an unchanged side for Tuesday's home clash against Swindon from the one which disposed of Portsmouth last weekend but watched his side fall 1-0 to the promotion hopefuls.

Despite the defeat Dunne felt the U's deserved reward for their performance and he must now decide whether to keep faith for a third successive match or turn to the likes of Marcus Bean and Drey Wright among others.

Midfielder Kem Izzet continues to struggle with an ankle injury as Colchester aim to get back to winning ways.

They will do so against a North End side who are winless in their last five matches and have won just one of their previous nine.

Graham Westley has no new injury problems as he looks to turn around Preston's dismal run of form.

Last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury extended North End's unwanted club-record run without a home league victory to 11 games.

The Lilywhites did win their last away npower League One encounter on the road at Hartlepool on New Year's Day but it stands as the solitary three-point haul in the last 12 matches.

Full-back Keith Keane (knee) is in the early stages of his rehabilitation but will not be ready for first-team action for at least a fortnight, while fellow defender Scott Laird (broken leg), striker Lee Trundle (hamstring) and midfielder John Mousinho remain on the sidelines.

On-loan Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd is set for a place on the bench after making his England Under-21 debut against Sweden in midweek.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
Port Vale v Sheff Utd
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
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

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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