Oxford Utd v Rochdale preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Oxford United and Rochdale at Kassam Stadium.

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Deane Smalley: Expected to return

Deane Smalley: Expected to return

The table-topping U's will welcome back top scorer Deane Smalley after he was rested last weekend as a precaution.

Three wins and a draw from their first four games have shot the U's to the head of League Two and they will be boosted by the return of Smalley, who felt a tightening in his hamstring in training, against Dale.

Sean Rigg will be missing again having suffered a hamstring tear in their 3-1 victory at Torquay while Jon Meades is also sidelined.

Dave Kitson was a second-half substitute in the 2-2 draw with local rivals Wycombe on Saturday and could earn a recall to the starting line-up.

Dale striker George Donnelly, meanwhile, is expected to return to the squad following the birth of his son.

Donnelly did not make last week's trip to Plymouth and his place in the starting line-up was taken by Matty Done, who made his first start of the season in the 1-0 defeat.

Right-back Javan Vidal made his first appearance for the club last week in place of Joe Rafferty and is hoping to retain his place, but Dale will be without suspended skipper Peter Cavanagh, who sits out the final game of a three-match ban.

Defender Rhys Bennett, who recently returned to action following a long-term knee injury, was an unused substitute last week and will also be in contention.

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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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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