Walsall v Shrewsbury preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Shrewsbury at the Banks's Stadium.

Last Updated: 01/03/13 at 16:48   

Adam Chambers: Should be fit to play

Adam Chambers: Should be fit to play

Walsall manager Dean Smith will be hard pushed to make any changes to his side.

Smith watched his "phenomenal" charges blow away Carlisle 3-0 at Brunton Park on Tuesday night thanks to Will Grigg's hat-trick, putting the Saddlers within six points off the play-off places.

Midfielder Adam Chambers was forced off in the closing stages nursing a slight niggle but is expected to be okay to face the Shrews.

Ben Purkiss and Richard Taundry have both returned to training ahead of the game following respective hamstring and ankle injuries.

Purkiss could well make the bench this weekend but Taundry is likely to have to wait a little longer before breaking into boss Smith's matchday 18.

Shrewsbury midfielder David McAllister is available for the trip to Walsall having seen his midweek red card rescinded.

McAllister was sent off during the first half of Town's 2-1 home defeat to Doncaster on Tuesday night for a challenge on Iain Hume, but a subsequent appeal has been successful and he is free to line up at the Banks's Stadium.

Marvin Morgan is again pushing to start after manager Graham Turner opted to name an unchanged side against Rovers from the one which saw off Stevenage 2-1 last weekend.

Fellow forward Luke Rodgers is also in contention having bagged a brace for the club's Under-21 side in midweek.

Defender Jermaine Grandison (hip) and midfielder Mark Wright (knee) continue to step up their recoveries, although the game is likely to come just too soon.

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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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