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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 7,458) 3rd May 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Preston North End Preston

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Chuks Aneke: Back in the fray

Chuks Aneke: Back in the fray

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Preston North End at Alexandra Stadium.

Crewe welcome back top-scorer Chuks Aneke for their pivotal final fixture against Preston.

The on-loan Arsenal forward, who has scored 16 goals this season, has served a three-match suspension but returns in time for the crunch clash against North End, which the Railwaymen, just one point and one place above the drop zone, may need to win to stay up.

Fellow striker Max Clayton (ankle) may also come into consideration for boss Steve Davis after playing 90 minutes for the club's under-21 side on Wednesday, scoring the goal which won them the title.

Teenager Ryan Colclough (stomach) is still out, as is defender Harry Davis (knee).

Scott Wiseman looks set to come back into Preston's squad at Crewe.

The full-back has missed North End's previous half a dozen fixtures due to a knee injury but with Simon Grayson's men having already secured a play-off spot, Wiseman could gain some vital match fitness ahead of their semi-final first leg seven days later.

Preston have a two-point advantage over both Rotherham and Leyton Orient in the fight to finish third and consequently face Peterborough, so Grayson is unlikely to make widespread changes.

Defender Tom Clarke is rated 50-50 due to a calf problem, but the former Orient loanee is expected to be available for the start of the play-offs anyway.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19