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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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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 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
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 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24