Bristol City v Walsall preview

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

Last Updated: 26/12/13 at 14:21   

Karleigh Osborne: Back in the fray

Karleigh Osborne: Back in the fray

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

Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves  
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury  
Rotherham v Port Vale  
Stevenage v Bristol C  
Swindon v Bradford  

Sky Bet League 1

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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