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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 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25