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The Saddlers are likely to remain unchanged for a fourth successive match as they host Rovers in the second of two crunch promotion clashes in the space of four days.

Boss Dean Smith kept faith with his side for Saturday's trip to third-placed Swindon and watched Jamie Paterson's 90th-minute header snatch a 2-2 draw.

With no fresh injury or suspension concerns, Smith will see no reason to change as fourth-placed Tramere arrive at the Banks's Stadium seven points ahead of his men.

Back-up goalkeeper David Grof failed to make the bench at the weekend due to illness and he is again a doubt, with Liam Roberts once more ready to step in as reserve for Aaron McCarey.

Richard Taundry continues to be on the periphery of the matchday 18 as he makes his comeback from an ankle problem.

The visitors will be without on-loan Bolton forward Michael O'Halloran, who damaged his knee during the warm-up for Saturday's 1-0 home win over Oldham and was forced out of the action after 20 minutes, with David Amoo introduced in his place.

Ian Goodison similarly suffered a knock beforehand but the 40-year-old centre-back is set to retain his place in midweek having completed 90 minutes at the weekend.

Stoke loanee Mamady Sidibe is expected to fall foul of hamstring trouble once more, although Rovers boss Ronnie Moore has refused to rule the experienced striker out of contention.

"We've got to wait on Mamady," he told the club's official website.

"It was just a bit tight on Friday so Saturday was a bit early for him.

"We're hopeful he'll get through the training session (on Monday) and possibly play but I'd say it's 60-40 he won't play."

Winger Adam McGurk (collapsed lung) remains sidelined along with midfield duo Andy Robinson (hamstring) and James Wallace (knee).

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League One Fixtures

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Sky Bet League 1

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

Updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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