Stockport v Rochdale preview
Last Updated: May 26, 2008 5:28pm
Wembley: League Two play-off final venue
Watch the League Two play-off final live on Sky Sports 2
Stockport County and Rochdale go head-to-head at Wembley on Monday in the League Two play-off final, live on Sky Sports 2.
A fiery North-West derby is expected as the duo contest a place in League One in the last of this season's Football League play-off finals.
Rochdale are competing at Wembley for the first time in their 101-year history, while they will be desperate to end the longest run in the bottom division of English football.
Stockport, meanwhile, are aiming to return to the third tier after a three-year absence and put right four unsuccessful previous visits to the home of English football.
Hatters boss Jim Gannon looks set to hand Matty McNeil, who has been out of action since November with a knee injury, a surprise recall to the squad.
Captain Gareth Owen has been given the all-clear to wear a protective mask after he broke his cheekbone in the semi-final victory against Wycombe and he is likely to be partnered by Jim McNulty.
Centre-back McNulty replaced the injured Michael Raynes who sustained a hamstring injury during the first leg at Adams' Park and he has been unable to recover in time for the trip to the national stadium.
However, midfielder Dominic Blizzard will be available after shaking off the calf injury he incurred during the same game.
Rochdale boss Keith Hill will be without midfielder David Perkins after he was sent off during the semi-final second leg triumph against Darlington.
Dale lost their appeal against his dismissal and as a result Perkins will begin a five-match ban by missing the Wembley showpiece.
Hill will also be without striker Lee Thorpe who is suffering from a dead leg and also broke his arm while arm-wrestling on the way to the first leg of the semi-final against Darlington.
Goalkeepers Sam Russell (broken finger) and James Spencer (hernia) also remain sidelined as Dale look to end a run of almost 40 years without a promotion.
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