Crewe v Walsall preview

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

Last Updated: 26/04/13 at 13:19   

Andy Taylor: Injury concern for Saddlers

Andy Taylor: Injury concern for Saddlers

Crewe will field an entirely homegrown XI.

Boss Steve Davis revealed his intentions after the 1-0 win against Sheffield United which ended the club's four-match losing streak that had followed their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win.

With Alex unable to finish higher than their current position - barring a 22-goal swing between Notts County and themselves - Davis will take the opportunity to showcase the latest batch of young prospects.

However, only goalkeeper Ben Garrett is expected to make his debut, with a number of graduates already first-team regulars.

Defenders Harry Davis and Kelvin Mellor and striker Ajay Leitch-Smith are expected to retain their places in the team, while skipper Luke Murphy hopes to shake off a groin problem to lead the side

The likes of George Ray, Matt Tootle, Ollie Turton and Max Clayton could be called on to play.

Walsall manager Dean Smith will hand a late fitness test to Andy Taylor.

The defender has missed his side's last two matches with a hamstring problem but he could be ready in time to play some part at the weekend.

Captain Andy Butler has a broken toe and will definitely miss out again.

Smith has no fresh injury or suspension problems and could be tempted to shuffle his pack.

The Saddlers, who sit eighth in the league table, are unable to finish in the play-off positions following last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bury and other results going against them.

This clash could be a good opportunity for Smith to give experience to some younger players.

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League One Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
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Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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