Preston v Scunthorpe preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Scunthorpe at Deepdale.

Last Updated: 05/04/13 at 15:11   

Stuart Beavon: A doubt for Saturday's clash

Stuart Beavon: A doubt for Saturday's clash

Preston manager Simon Grayson almost has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Midfielder John Welsh (Achilles) and striker Stuart Beavon (concussion) are Grayson's only concerns but could feature against the Iron.

Joel Byrom has again stepped up his workload in training following hernia surgery but a place on the bench may be the best the former Stevenage midfielder can hope for, having been out of action since North End's February 2 defeat to Shrewsbury.

Graham Cummins was recalled to the Lilywhites' attack in the 1-0 Easter Monday loss to Crewe and will hope to retain his place along with Keith Keane, who was moved from right-back to midfield after the ploy worked as an effective mid-game tactical switch against Portsmouth on Good Friday.

Scunthorpe will hand a fitness test to skipper Paul Reid.

The defender missed the defeat to Bournemouth on Easter Monday after suffering a back spasm in the 2-1 win against Leyton Orient.

Brian Laws will give Reid as long as possible to declare his fitness before selecting his side.

The manager, who has no other major injury concerns for the game, is expected to recall Akpo Sodje to the starting line-up against his former club as the Iron look to end a five-match losing run away from home.

United are in the bottom four on goal difference, but 20th-placed Oldham have played two games fewer at this late stage of the season.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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