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Bescot Stadium (ATT 3,301) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

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Brandy: One-match ban

Brandy: One-match ban

Team news ahead of the New Year's Day clash between Walsall and Stevenage at the Bescot Stadium.

Febian Brandy will miss Tuesday's League One encounter due to suspension.

The striker picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday, ruling him out of the game against Gary Smith's side.

George Bowerman was a second-half substitute against the O's and he will be first in line to start in Brandy's absence.

Belgian midfielder Florent Cuvelier is also pushing for his first start since October following a hamstring problem, after three consecutive substitute appearances.

Defender Dean Holden is likely to miss out again with an ankle injury, as Ashley Hemmings continues as his replacement in manager Dean Smith's squad.

The Saddlers saw an upturn in fortunes come to an end with the defeat at the Matchroom Stadium, leaving them in 16th place in the League One table.

Stevenage are almost at full strength.

Boss Gary Smith was expected to shake his side up for the visit of Notts County at the weekend but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The extra rest will ensures the Boro manager has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from as he looks to get the club's season back on track following one win in seven games.

Defender Jon Ashton, who has been sidelined since September with an Achilles injury, is the only definite absentee.

Winger Filipe Morais played an hour on his return from an ankle injury against the Sky Blues and is hoping to complete the 90 minutes at the Banks' Stadium.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 99
2 Brentford 44 91
3 Rotherham United 44 82
4 Preston North End 44 82
5 Leyton Orient 44 80
6 Peterborough United 44 70
7 Swindon Town 44 66
8 Sheffield United 43 60
9 Port Vale 44 60
10 Milton Keynes Dons 44 59
11 Walsall 44 58
12 Bristol City 44 56
13 Crawley Town 43 55
14 Bradford City 44 53
15 Gillingham 44 52
16 Oldham Athletic 43 51
17 Coventry City 44 50
18 Colchester United 44 47
19 Tranmere Rovers 44 47
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 47
21 Notts County 44 46
22 Carlisle United 43 44
23 Shrewsbury Town 44 41
24 Stevenage 44 39