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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 6,547) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Berry

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Walsall Walsall

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Last Updated: 26/04/13 1:19pm

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Andy Taylor: Injury concern for Saddlers

Andy Taylor: Injury concern for Saddlers

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Walsall at the Alexandra Stadium.

Crewe will field an entirely homegrown XI.

Boss Steve Davis revealed his intentions after the 1-0 win against Sheffield United which ended the club's four-match losing streak that had followed their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win.

With Alex unable to finish higher than their current position - barring a 22-goal swing between Notts County and themselves - Davis will take the opportunity to showcase the latest batch of young prospects.

However, only goalkeeper Ben Garrett is expected to make his debut, with a number of graduates already first-team regulars.

Defenders Harry Davis and Kelvin Mellor and striker Ajay Leitch-Smith are expected to retain their places in the team, while skipper Luke Murphy hopes to shake off a groin problem to lead the side

The likes of George Ray, Matt Tootle, Ollie Turton and Max Clayton could be called on to play.

Walsall manager Dean Smith will hand a late fitness test to Andy Taylor.

The defender has missed his side's last two matches with a hamstring problem but he could be ready in time to play some part at the weekend.

Captain Andy Butler has a broken toe and will definitely miss out again.

Smith has no fresh injury or suspension problems and could be tempted to shuffle his pack.

The Saddlers, who sit eighth in the league table, are unable to finish in the play-off positions following last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bury and other results going against them.

This clash could be a good opportunity for Smith to give experience to some younger players.

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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