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Team news for Thursday's League One clash between Bristol City and Walsall at Ashton Gate.

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Bristol City are boosted by the return of Karleigh Osborne when they host Walsall.

The on-loan Millwall defender returns from suspension to boost manager Steve Cotterill's options as he looks to drag the Robins off the foot of League One.

Veteran defender Louis Carey will become the club's all-time appearance holder if he features in his 646th match for the club. The 36-year-old drew level with John Ateyo on Saturday as City drew 1-1 with Notts County.

Cotterill is yet to oversee a league victory since taking the helm and should he decide to shuffle his pack then the likes of Ryan Taylor, Wes Burns and Joe Bryan are pushing for starts.

Walsall will be without Adam Chambers for their Boxing Day trip to Bristol City while Craig Westcarr is a doubt.

Midfielder Chambers was booked for the fifth time this season in Saturday's 2-0 win over Carlisle and now serves an automatic one-match suspension.

Westcarr, meanwhile, was forced off shortly before half-time having taken a knock just above his knee and the striker will be assessed.

The play-off chasing Saddlers, who have not lost on Boxing Day since 2004, travel to Ashton Gate aiming to record three successive league wins for the first time this season.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Swindon  
Bradford v Port Vale  
Bristol C v MK Dons  
Chesterfld v Notts Co  
Coventry v Preston  
Crawley v Yeovil  
Crewe v Colchester  
Leyton Or v Rochdale  
Oldham v Scunthorpe  
Peterboro v Fleetwood  

Sky Bet League 1

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

Updated Sun, 21 Sep 2014

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