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League One Weekend Fixture Preview – 24th - 25th Oct 2008

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of “League One Weekend Fixture Preview”, previewing the League One action away from the Boundary Park camp. Apologies for no preview's for the previous weeks fixtures.

 

Scunthorpe United vs. Millwall

Which ever team wins here will take the top spot as first placed Scunthorpe host second placed Millwall.

 

Scunthorpe have a clean bill of health for this fixture apart from long term injury absentee Kenny Milne. Garry Thompson, Michael Lea and Kevin Hurst all recover from injury problems. Izzy Iriekpen will be pushing for a starting spot in defence.

 

For Millwall, Gary Alexander is definitely out and looks set to be on the sidelines for the next few weeks.

 

Prediction: Scunthorpe 2-1 Millwall

 

Leicester City vs. Northampton Town

Leicester will hope to get back to winning ways this week as they host Northampton.

 

Leicester have many injury worries in their squad this week with Stephen Clemence, Ashley Chambers, DJ Campbell, Kerrea Gilbert and Paul Dickov all injured.

 

Northampton will be without Colin Larkin, Liam Davis and Mark Little through injury. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Giles Coke should return to first team action.

 

Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Northampton

 

Leeds United vs. Walsall

Walsall will hope to rectify their recent poor form as they travel to Elland Road this weekend.

 

For Leeds, Alan Sheehan is still sidelined through injury, along with Andrew Hughes. Paul Telfer looks set to be recalled into first team action.

 

Walsall are hopeful that skipper Stephen Hughes will recover in time to feature. Sofiene Zaaboub is expected to remain on the sidelines for one more week.

 

Prediction: Leeds 2-0 Walsall

 

Bristol Rovers vs. Southend United

Both of these sides have had the success of positive form recently and will both hope to continue this at Bristol.

 

Bristol have no new injury problems ahead of this fixture. Ryan Green should return for Trollope’s men whilst Danny Coles and Steve Elliot remain sidelined.

 

For Southend, Adam Federici and Hal Robson-Kanu should remain in the team. Lee Barnard and Dougie Freedman remain injured. James Walker may return to action after appearing from the bench midweek.

 

Prediction: Bristol 1-1 Southend

 

MK Dons vs. Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham travel to Milton Keynes this weekend with both sides achieving mixed fortunes in recent weeks.

 

For MK Dons, Flavien Belson, Jude Stirling, Carl Regan and Jemal Johnson are hoping to be recalled into the first team. Jason Puncheon may also make his second debut, arriving back on loan from Plymouth.

 

For Cheltenham, James Wesolowski is definitely out through injury. Scott Murray, Josh Payne, Darren Kenton and Lloyd Owusu will undergo fitness tests before the match to determine their involvement.

Prediction: Dons 2-1 Cheltenham

 

Peterborough United vs. Huddersfield Town

Peterborough will hope to maintain their recent positive streak when Huddersfield visit this weekend.

 

Peterborough will be boosted with the return of Aaron Mclean, who should start alongside Craig Mackail-Smith. Dean Keates and Chris Westwood are both injured, but Sergio Torres should return. Craig Braham-Barrett needs a further week of fitness training before he can play.

 

For Huddersfield, Phil Jevons will be staking his claim for a starting spot. Steve Jones is an injury doubt, whilst Keigan Parker should be available to play.

Prediction: Peterborough 2-1 Huddersfield

 

Tranmere Rovers vs. Crewe Alexandra (Friday)

Tranmere will hope to make it three consecutive league wins as they host Crewe on Friday evening.

 

Ronnie Moore looks set to name an unchanged side with no new injury worries on the horizon. Craig Curran remains injured, so Bas Savage and Ian Moore will remain in attack.

 

For Crewe, captain Julian Baudet should return from injury along with Tom Pope and Chris McCready.

 

Prediction: Tranmere 2-0 Crewe

 

Hereford United vs. Stockport County

Hereford will hope to continue where they left off from last week’s victory as they host Stockport.

 

Hereford should name an unchanged side from the team that beat Carlisle midweek. They have no new injury worries, and Stephen O'Leary should return to the squad after completing his suspension.

 

For Stockport, Michael Raynes will miss out through a hamstring injury, but tests say after a weeks rest he should be fit. Matty McNeil also misses out through injury.

 

Prediction: Hereford 1-0 Stockport

 

Hartlepool United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

Hartlepool will hope to make it three consecutive wins when they host Brighton.

 

For Hartlepool, Andy Monkhouse should recover from a knock and retain his place in the starting eleven. Antony Sweeney will undergo a late fitness test after picking up a hamstring injury midweek.

 

For Brighton, top scorer Glenn Murray is an injury doubt and faces a race against time to be fit. Nicky Forster, Doug Loft, Gary Hart and Kerry Mayo will all definitely miss out.

 

Prediction: Hartlepool 3-1 Brighton

Colchester United vs. Carlisle United

Lowly placed Colchester host Carlisle this weekend with both teams the victims of poor form.

 

For Colchester, Steven Gillespie is doubtful after picking up an injury midweek. Gary Borrowdale also returns to Coventry after completing his loan spell and Matt Lockwood is likely to be rested for a further week,

 

Carlisle are without a long list of injury absentees that includes Gary Madine, Chris Lumsdon, Michael Bridges, Paul Thirlwell, Peter Murphy and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

 

Prediction: Colchester 1-0 Carlisle

 

Yeovil Town vs. Leyton Orient

Yeovil will hope to replicate last week’s victory as they face fellow strugglers Leyton Orient.

 

Yeovil may be boosted by Lee Peltier, Nathan Smith and Aidan Downes, who all returned to training this week. Terrell Forbes remains suspended with Gareth Owen and Craig Alcock remaining in defence.

 

For Orient, Sam Parkin could make his debut after moving on loan. Danny Granville, Wayne Gray and Loick Pires remain injured.

 

Prediction: Yeovil 2-0 Orient

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