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Last Updated: 05/08/11 1:21pm

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Jarvis: Set for Saddlers debut

Jarvis: Set for Saddlers debut

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Leyton Orient at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall have an almost fully-fit squad.

Midfielder Jake Jones (ankle) is the only absentee but, with the youngster unlikely to start, manager Dean Smith will still be able to field his first-choice XI.

That means summer signings David Grof, Lee Beevers, Mat Sadler, Anton Peterlin, Claude Gnakpa, Kevan Hurst, Ryan Jarvis and Adam Chambers will all be competing to start.

It will be an early reunion with Orient for former O's striker Jarvis and midfielder Chambers, the latter of whom is the London club's longest-serving player with almost 200 appearances before he switched to the Saddlers.

The encounter also sees Smith come up against his former employers having played for and been both youth-team coach and assistant manager at Orient.

O's skipper Stephen Dawson won't make the trip.

The influential midfielder has an ankle injury and is rated extremely doubtful for the opening game of the season.

New striker David Mooney tweaked a hamstring in a friendly against Tottenham last weekend will need a late fitness check.

Boss Russell Slade is also without goalkeeper Jamie Jones, who has missed all of pre-season with a shoulder problem, so deputy Lee Butcher will don the gloves.

Summer signing Jamie Cureton should start in attack after shaking off a recent ankle injury.

Fellow new recruits Scott Cuthbert, Leon McSweeney and Marc Laird are also in line to make their Orient debuts.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15