Sky Bet League 1 briefing

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's action in Sky Bet League 1.

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Jose Baxter: Doubt for Sheffield United

Jose Baxter: Doubt for Sheffield United

Saturday, March 15

Leyton Orient v Brentford (1215 GMT)

Romain Vincelot (foot) is a major doubt for Orient. Vincelot's fellow Frenchman Mathieu Baudry has missed the last three matches with a hamstring injury and boss Russell Slade rates the centre-half at 50-50.

Harlee Dean (groin) and Sam Saunders (knee) remain Brentford's only absentees. Full-back Scott Barron has finally recovered from the hip injury which has hindered him all season but he could be set for a loan move to build up his fitness.

Last season: Brentford 2 Leyton Orient 2, Leyton Orient 1 Brentford 0

Last five league matches: Leyton Orient W W W D W; Brentford W L D W W

Top scorers: David Mooney (Leyton Orient) 18; Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) 16

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Leyton Orient 1 Brentford 0

Bradford v Gillingham (1500)

Bradford captain Gary Jones is expected to return to the squad following illness. James Meredith and Matty Taylor (both foot), Raffaele De Vita (hip/groin) and Kyel Reid (knee) all remain sidelined.

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor is again likely to be without Chris Whelpdale (ankle), Ryan Inniss and Michael Harriman (both hamstring). Striker Danny Kedwell is expected to be unavailable for a further two weeks with a knee injury picked up just after recovering from a hernia operation.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bradford W W L L W; Gillingham L L L W W

Top scorers: James Hanson (Bradford) 12; Cody McDonald (Gillingham) 13 5

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex).

Our verdict: Bradford 2 Gillingham 1

Bristol City v Swindon (1500)

Bristol City will be without Adam El-Abd after he was sent off in the 2-1 victory over Peterborough. Cardiff loanee Simon Moore is sidelined with a groin injury so Frank Fielding will continue in goal.

Swindon look set to recall defender Troy Archibald-Henville but Nathan Thompson (groin) will miss out. Nathan Byrne's hamstring will be assessed in the build up to kick-off and Wes Foderingham could return to goal after a spell out injured.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Bristol City D L W W W; Swindon L D D L L

Top scorers: Sam Baldock (Bristol City) 20; Michael Smith (Swindon) 15 Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Our verdict: Bristol City 0 Swindon 0

Carlisle v Stevenage (1500)

Carlisle midfielder Liam Noble is an injury doubt after turning his ankle during the midweek defeat at Sheffield United. Paul Thirlwell (calf), Matty Robson (back) and Sean O'Hanlon (knee) are still major doubts, while goalkeeper Mark Gillespie (knee) is edging closer to a return.

Stevenage can welcome back John Mousinho, who was ineligible against his parent club Preston in midweek. Winger Filipe Morais has a thigh problem and could miss out.

Last season: Carlisle 2 Stevenage 1, Stevenage 1 Carlisle 1

Last five league matches: Carlisle W L D L L; Stevenage W W D W D

Top scorers: David Amoo (Carlisle) 11; Francois Zoko (Stevenage) 16

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Our verdict: Carlisle 0 Stevenage 1

Crawley v Colchester (1500)

Crawley will check on Andy Drury (knock) after he was rested against Shrewsbury as a precaution. Town's hectic fixture schedule meant in-form striker Matt Tubbs was also given a breather in midweek as boss John Gregory rotated his squad again.

Colchester could welcome back Jabo Ibehre, who is edging closer to full fitness after a spell out with hip and pelvic problems. Long-term absentee Drey Wright (knee) is making good progress as he continues his rehabilitation but he is set to head out on loan to regain match fitness.

Last season: Crawley Town 3 Colchester 0, Colchester 1 Crawley Town 1

Last five league matches: Crawley Town D W D L D; Colchester L L D W L Top scorers: Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) 7; Jabo Ibehre (Colchester) 7

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Our verdict: Crawley 3 Colchester 1

Crewe v Oldham (1500)

Abdul Osman should bolster Crewe's midfield options following his recovery from a foot injury. Ajay Leitch-Smith (ankle), Uche Ikpeazu (ankle), George Ray (ankle) and Ollie Turton (knee) played for the reserves on Monday, but Max Clayton (ankle) and Ryan Colclough (stomach) are further away from making comebacks.

Oldham welcome back David Worrall (ineligible), Jonson Clarke-Harris (suspended) and James Dayton (knee). The Latics do have two long-term injury absentees, though, with central defender Genseric Kusunga (thigh) and midfielder Anton Rodgers (knee) out.

Last season: Oldham 1 Crewe 2, Crewe 0 Oldham 2

Last five league matches: Crewe W L D L D; Oldham W L D L L

Top scorers: Chuks Aneke (Crewe) 15; Danny Philliskirk (Oldham) 11

Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex).

Our verdict: Crewe 1 Oldham 1

MK Dons v Peterborough (1500)

Ben Reeves (hamstring) is expected to be back in contention for MK Dons.

Former Arsenal youngster Mark Randall could make his debut after joining his hometown club on a deal until the end of the season.

Lloyd Isgrove is added to the Peterborough squad following his loan move from Southampton. Danny Swanson serves the final game of his two-match suspension and striker Kyle Vassell (toe) is still out injured.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Milton Keynes Dons L W L W W; Peterborough W L L W L

Top scorers: Ben Reeves (Milton Keynes Dons) 10; Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough) 25

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Our verdict: MK Dons 2 Peterborough 1

Rotherham v Walsall (1500)

Rotherham defender Mark Bradley should overcome a knock to face his former club.

Wes Thomas (ankle) and Rob Milsom (back) are expected to be fit but with the Millers boasting strong numbers, it will be a battle for them to get into the matchday squad.

Walsall manager Dean Smith will be able to call on Sam Mantom who has completed his three-match ban. Smith will definitely be without Dean Holden as he works his way back from a knee injury.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Rotherham W D W D W; Walsall L L L L DTop scorers: Kieran Agard (Rotherham) 17; Craig Westcarr (Walsall) 13 Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Our verdict: Rotherham 3 Walsall 1

Tranmere v Notts County (1500)

Tranmere have no new concerns. Captain James Wallace has received a number of minor knocks lately, including one to his ankle this week, but assistant manager John McMahon will continue to utilise him in central midifeld. Abdulai Baggie (knee) remains out.

County captain Dean Leacock is battling to be fit after coming off injured on Tuesday night. James Spencer is available again after serving a three-match suspension and he could partner Nathan Tyson in attack.

Last season: Tranmere 1 Notts County 1, Notts County 0 Tranmere 1

Last five league matches: Tranmere D W D L L; Notts County L L L D L

Top scorers: Ryan Lowe (Tranmere) 18; Callum McGregor (Notts County) 13

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Our verdict: Tranmere 1 Notts County 1

Wolves v Shrewsbury (1500)

Wolves captain Sam Ricketts is expected to be fit despite picking up a quad injury in midweek. Boss Kenny Jackett otherwise has no fresh injury concerns.

Shrewsbury could again be without Tom Eaves who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Midfield pair Aaron Wildig (quad) and Luke Summerfield (thigh) are also struggling, while striker Tom Bradshaw is a long-term absentee with a knee problem sustained last month.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Wolverhampton W W W W W; Shrewsbury D W D L D

Top scorers: Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton) 19; Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury) 6

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

Our verdict: Wolves 4 Shrewsbury 0

Sunday, March 16

Coventry v Port Vale (1500 GMT)

Coventry defender Dan Seaborne will miss out through suspension. On-loan QPR winger Michael Petrasso has agreed an extended deal until the end of the season and will be available.

Port Vale manager Micky Adams will check on his leading scorer Tom Pope (illness). If Pope does not make it Louis Dodds or Jordan Hugill may come into the starting line-up.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Coventry L D W L L; Port Vale L L L W L

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (Coventry) 18; Tom Pope (Port Vale) 14

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Our verdict: Coventry 2 Port Vale 2

Monday, March 17

Preston v Sheffield United (1945 GMT)

Preston boss Simon Grayson has no new injury worries. John Welsh and Bailey Wright returned for the last game, and the extended weekend will give time for players to recover from any minor knocks.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough could make several changes with Stefan Scougall, Ryan Flynn and Jose Baxter all doubtful. On-loan Derby defender Kieron Freeman could make his first start, while Chris Porter, Billy Paynter, Shaun Miller, Matt Hill and Stephen McGinn are all in contention.

Last season: Sheff Utd 0 Preston 0, Preston 0 Sheff Utd 1

Last five league matches: Preston W D W W D; Sheff Utd W W W W W

Top scorers: Joe Garner (Preston) 20; Jose Baxter & Chris Porter (Sheff Utd) 9

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Our verdict: Preston 3 Sheffield United 1


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