Rochdale v Port Vale preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Rochdale and Port Vale at Spotland.

Last Updated: 13/04/13 at 14:44   

George Donnelly: In top form

George Donnelly: In top form

Keith Hill could name an unchanged XI as his in-form Rochdale side go in search of a fourth consecutive League Two win.

Following their dramatic, late 2-1 triumph at Exeter and a 3-0 demolition of Fleetwood at the Highbury Stadium, Dale returned to Spotland to dispatch beaten Johnstone's Paint Trophy Finalists Southend 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Bobby Grant bagged a brace and is set to continue in a potent forward line alongside the resurgent George Donnelly, whose midweek strike extended his current purple patch to six goals in eight games.

Midfielder Ritchie Jones (ankle) is expected to miss out once more, but Hill may give youth a chance in that department after Callum Camps, 17, was named in the squad for the first time against Southend.

Camps is a first-year apprentice at Spotland and starred with some eye-catching performances in Dale's FA Youth Cup run this season.

Andrew Tutte, Rhys Bennett (both knee) and Reece Gray (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.

John McCombe is expected to be fit for Port Vale's trip to Rochdale.

McCombe was forced off late in the second half of the 1-1 home draw against Aldershot with a groin injury.

It prompted fears that the 27-year-old might miss the remainder of the promotion run-in, but he trained on Thursday and looks set to make Saturday's clash.

Fellow centre-half Liam Chilvers missed Tuesday night's match due to a groin problem and he will be checked.

"We will have to assess Liam Chilvers. Hopefully it won't be as bad as we first feared and he will be available for selection on Saturday," said Vale boss Micky Adams.

"Having said that, we have got young Joe Davis or Richard Duffy we can stick in there so it is not the end of the world if those two aren't fit."

Adams also has the likes of Louis Dodds, Chris Shuker and Ben Williamson to call upon should he wish to freshen up his starting XI.

Ashley Vincent could also be in the squad at Spotland, but Calvin Andrew has been ruled out.

Winger Vincent, who has been sidelined for a month with an ankle injury, resumed training this week. However, striker Andrew has a knee problem and he joins Rob Taylor (Achilles) on the absentee's list.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Sat, 12 Apr 2014

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