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Bescot Stadium 31st August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs

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Last Updated: 30/08/13 1:31pm

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Milan Lalkovic: Back in contention

Milan Lalkovic: Back in contention

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Preston at The Bescot Stadium.

Milan Lalkovic is set to return to contention for Walsall's home encounter against Preston.

The on-loan Chelsea forward was rested for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup defeat at Stoke having been nursing a tight hamstring.

But he is back in the frame to start against North End as the Saddlers look to get back to winning ways having also tasted defeat away at Brentford last weekend.

Boss Dean Smith is expected to boast a fully-fit squad after defender Andy Taylor managed 90 minutes at the Britannia Stadium upon his return from an ankle injury.

Simon Grayson has suggested some of his midweek changes could retain their places in the starting line-up against the Saddlers.

The former Leeds boss shuffled his pack in a 2-0 loss to Burnley in the Capital One Cup, bringing in six new faces, with midfielder Joel Byrom one of those specifically singled out for praise.

However, the likes of on-loan goalkeeper Declan Rudd, veteran striker Kevin Davies and defender David Buchanan are expected to resume their starting berths once more.

Otherwise Grayson has a fully-fit and suspension-free squad apart from the injury to forward Jack King (foot) following his surgery.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24