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The Kassam Stadium (ATT 5,260) 31st August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: F Graham

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Deane Smalley: Expected to return

Deane Smalley: Expected to return

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Oxford United and Rochdale at Kassam Stadium.

The table-topping U's will welcome back top scorer Deane Smalley after he was rested last weekend as a precaution.

Three wins and a draw from their first four games have shot the U's to the head of League Two and they will be boosted by the return of Smalley, who felt a tightening in his hamstring in training, against Dale.

Sean Rigg will be missing again having suffered a hamstring tear in their 3-1 victory at Torquay while Jon Meades is also sidelined.

Dave Kitson was a second-half substitute in the 2-2 draw with local rivals Wycombe on Saturday and could earn a recall to the starting line-up.

Dale striker George Donnelly, meanwhile, is expected to return to the squad following the birth of his son.

Donnelly did not make last week's trip to Plymouth and his place in the starting line-up was taken by Matty Done, who made his first start of the season in the 1-0 defeat.

Right-back Javan Vidal made his first appearance for the club last week in place of Joe Rafferty and is hoping to retain his place, but Dale will be without suspended skipper Peter Cavanagh, who sits out the final game of a three-match ban.

Defender Rhys Bennett, who recently returned to action following a long-term knee injury, was an unused substitute last week and will also be in contention.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 39 77
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 39 58
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37