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Bescot Stadium (ATT 4,672) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Russell

Walsall Walsall vs Oldham Athletic Oldham

Walsall 3

J Baxendale (40)
J Paterson (74, 90+4)

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Oldham 1

L Barnard (19)

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Last Updated: 01/02/13 1:47pm

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Febian Brandy: Available for the Saddlers

Febian Brandy: Available for the Saddlers

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Oldham Athletic at Banks's Stadium.

Walsall welcome back Febian Brandy from suspension.

Brandy missed the defeat against Colchester as he served a one-match ban for being sent-off against Bournemouth.

The five-goal striker had netted in both of the Saddlers' games prior to his suspension and could return to the starting line-up as Dean Smith's side look to bounce back from the loss.

Walsall have won six of their last eight games and are seven points off the play-off places.

Craig Westcarr is back in contention after re-joining the club. The striker made eight appearances during a loan spell earlier on in the season and has now signed a deal until the end of the campaign.

But defender Richard Taundry remains an injury doubt as he continues to struggle with an ankle injury.

Boss Paul Dickov boasts attacking reinforcements as Oldham look to turn around their dismal league form.

Latics stole the national headlines thanks to last weekend's sensational FA Cup triumph over Liverpool but they return to the reality of a slump in form that has returned one point from eight games.

Two-goal hero Matt Smith (shoulder) and fellow forward Robbie Simpson (hamstring) suffered injuries against the Reds that rule them out this weekend, forcing Dickov into transfer deadline day action.

Southampton striker Lee Barnard, Watford forward Chris Iwelumo and Reading winger Jordan Obita all arrived on loan on a productive day at Boundary Park.

Dickov remains short in midfield, with Youssouf M'Changama added to the list of absentees after sustaining a serious medial knee ligament injury during the cup tie.

Skipper Dean Furman is on international duty with South Africa and Cristian Montano (thigh) remains sidelined, which could bring Carl Winchester into the reckoning following an impressive substitute appearance last weekend.

Connor Brown is expected to feature at right-back after the expiry of Reece Wabara's loan deal and the Manchester City defender's subsequent move to Blackpool.

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Sky Bet League 1

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40