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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16