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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,720) 17th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Madley

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Crewe 2

R Colclough (42, 85)

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Tranmere 1

D Holmes (S/O 33)
J Akpa Akpro (87)

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Last Updated: 17/08/13 3:01pm

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Vadaine Oliver: Could make his return

Vadaine Oliver: Could make his return

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

Boss Steve Davis could hand Vadaine Oliver his first start for the club this weekend.

The former Lincoln striker has so far made two appearances from the bench, but Davis could opt for the 21-year-old as he goes in search of a first win of the season.

The hosts also hope to welcome back Byron Moore and summer signing Lee Molyneux from injury and suspension respectively, but last season's top scorer Mathias Pogba is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following surgery on his knee.

The Alex remain unbeaten at home against Tranmere since 1999 and will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the opening game of this season when they threw away a two-goal lead against Rotherham.

Rovers travel to Crewe with a number of injury concerns for manager Ronnie Moore to contend with.

Midfielder Jason Koumas is a slight doubt after he pulled out of Wednesday's reserve fixture with a tight groin while Joe Thompson was absent from training because of illness.

Moore also confirmed striker Akpo Sodje could miss out after picking up a knock and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is expected to deputise in his place.

Jason Mooney, Ian Goodison, Joe Thompson and Jake Kirby are also carrying minor knocks but should be available if called upon.

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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 15 30
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Peterborough United 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Rochdale 17 26
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