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