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TEAM news rather than form or stats is the most important piece of info ahead of tonight's Johnstone Paint Trophy matches.

Sides are supposed to play six starters from last weekend or six who will start the next match but remember many sides are without players on international team news.

Here's team news I've gathered from various sources including the excellent Team Talk.

Colin Cooper has quit Hartlepool so caretaker bosses Sam Collins and Stephen Pears take charge and could ring the changes. Sheffield Utd are without banned Michael Higdon so Chris Porter is set to start up front and Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Mark McNulty are pushing for starts.

Dagenham will be without Andre Boucaud (Trinidad) and Jack Connors (Republic of Ireland Under-21s) at home to Orient while Luke Howell is out for a month after a hernia op. Zavon Hines and Rhys Murphy are long-term absentees.

Orient caretaker manager Kevin Nugent has suffered two league defeats after the departure of Russell Slade and will be minus midfielder without Lloyd James, full-back Gary Sawyer and striker Kevin Lisbie.

Oldham are short of central defensive options for Barnsley's visit. Skipper Adam Lockwood has not played this season, George Elokobi is also injured and Genseric Kusunga, who scored against Peterborough at the weekend, is away with Angola. Barnsley's new loan signing Ryan Williams could be handed his debut for the club.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill says he won't make many changes for the visit of Walsall. Bastien Hery, strikers Calvin Andrew and Joe Bunney and defenders Tom Kennedy, Michael Rose and Joe Rafferty are in contention for a start. Walsall will be without Romaine Sawyers and top scorer Tom Bradshaw who has a hamstring injury.

Tranmere will be wtihout joint top scorer Cole Stockton as well as defenders Danny Woodards, Matt Hill and Liam Ridehalgh against Carlisle. West Ham loan signing Matthias Fanimo has returned to Upton Park.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle has doubts over winger David Amoo and midfielder Antony Sweeney while defenders Matty Robson, Courtney Meppen-Walter and Sean O'Hanlon remain crocked.

Midfielder David Fox is set to make his second debut for the Colchester against Gillingham. Boss Tony Humes is set to use some fringe players while Gills could welcome back keeper Stuart Nelson who has recovered from a thumb injury.

Coventry boss Steven Pressley won't make too many changes after being fined £5000 for failing to field at least six of the starting line-up from their previous or following league match in their first-round win at Wycombe. George Thomas is set to step up from the Under-18s after a hat-trick at the weekend. Reda Johnson and Simeon Jackson should feature after opting out of international duty.

Exeter could be without up to eight players at the Ricoh Arena. Keeper Christy Pym and midfielder Matt Grimes are both unavailable after being called-up to the England Under-20 squad. Pat Baldwin, Jamie Reid, Craig Woodman and David Noble remain sidelined while Northampton have recalled Alex Nicholls from his loan spell. Midfielder Liam Sercombe is also likely to miss out with a groin injury.

Luton boss John Still will play a strong side. Alex Lacey, Stephen McNulty, Luke Wilkinson and Scott Griffiths all play in an unchanged defence while midfielders Jonathan Smith and Nathan Doyle will also feature.

Jake Howells may earn a recall while Still will make a late decision on whether Mark Tyler or Elliot Justham will start in goal. Crawley are likely to be without Josh Simpson.

MK Dons v Wimbledon will be hard fought as usual but the home men could be minus Tom Flanagan but midfielder Carl Baker made his debut off the bench at the weekend and will be hoping to earn his first start.

Lee Hodson (ankle) remains a long-term absentee but winger Danny Green (hamstring) is close to returning. AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley could hand Andy Frampton a recall but Jack Smith might not be risked with Callum Kennedy or Ben Harrison ready to deputise.

The Dons made five changes for the win against Southend in the last round and the likes of Kevin Sainte-Luce, Ade Azeez and Tom Beere will all be hoping for recalls.

Plymouth striker Reuben Reid may be rested for the visit of Swindon. The 26-year-old scored the winning goal against Shrewsbury on Saturday but has a hip problem.

Defender Paul Hartley could keep his place and Bristol City loanee Bobby Reidcould feature following another impressive performance for the Pilgrims while Nathan Thomas could return after dropping to the bench last time out.

Swindon boss Mark Cooper has revealed Raphael Branco will not be fit in time for the trip to the south coast. Striker Jonathan Obika remains sidelined with a shoulder injury while Brad Smith requires a late fitness test.

Loan signing Amari'i Bell could make his third start in as many games since joining from Championship side Birmingham.

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford has Nick Awford, Ryan Taylor and Ricky Homes are all available for recalls but Nen Chorley is expected to miss out. Pompey made five changes for the previous round's win at Yeovil and could be tempted to give the likes of Johnny Ertl, Nicky Shorey and Andy Webster some game time. Alex Nicholls will start for Northampton after his loan at Exeter was cut short.

The Cobblers triggered a 24-hour recall option in the deal and Chris Wilder has confirmed he will throw the striker straight back in. Wilder will definitely be without Gregor Robertson as he serves a one-match ban for his red card at the weekend. He joins Emile Sinclair, Zander Diamond, Matt Duke, Danny Alfei, Ian Morris, Evan Horwood and Lewis Hornby on the sidelines.

Preston will be without four players due to international call-ups when Port Vale make the trip to Deepdale. Scott Wiseman, Alan Browne, Will Hayhurst and Callum Robinson are all away.

North End boss Simon Grayson has confirmed winger Kyel Reid will make his first start for the club after making a handful of substitute appearances following his knee injury. Grayson will likely shuffle his pack but remains without strike options Jordan Hugill (knee) and Kevin Davies (ribs).

Port Vale striker Jordan Slew will miss the tie through suspension. Slew was sent off at Fleetwood and begins a three-match ban. Vale caretaker manager Rob Page will also be without defender Ryan McGivern, who is on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox is expected to pick his starting line-up for the home tie with the Magpies from an unchanged squad. Wilcox has no major new selection worries but will still be without striker Lyle Taylor.

Wilcox must decide whether to stick with midfielder Matt Sparrow and winger Terry Hawkridge after preferring the pair to Sean McAllister and Jennison Myrie-Williams in Saturday's home defeat to Doncaster.

Defender Miguel Llera is pushing for a recall after a recent suspension but keeper Sam Slocombe, midfielder David Syers, defender David Mirfin and striker Deon Burton are all out

Notts County will be without banned Liam Noble when they make the trip to Glanford Park. Boss Shaun Derry made five changes for the previous round win against Mansfield and could shuffle his pack once again with keeper Roy Carroll making way for Fabian Speiss in goal.

13 Comments
  1. Sk00by 6 years ago

    Nice post on some early team news. Three teams today that should do the business…

    ROCHDALE home to Walsall. They beat them 4-0 only four games ago, while Walsall are yet to record a win this season on their travels. In that time they have scored only 2 goals in those 5 games, both coming from Tom Bradshaw. Now that he is absent you have to wonder where their goals will come from. If Keith Hill keeps a similar squad to the weekend they should prevail @ evs

    BURY home to Morecombe. Unbeaten at home since their opening day defeat by Cheltenham. That is 5 home victories in a row scoring at least 2 goals in each of them. With Danny Rose, Ryan Lowe and Daniel Nardiello, the latter recently returning from injury, to choose from up front, I would imagine goals won’t be a problem. Morecombe’s early season bubble seems to have burst. Since the opening two games of the season where they managed to net 6 goals, they have struggled in front of goal. While they don’t play bad football and retain the ball better than most of their opponents, even when away from home (between 50-60%) they don’t create enough in front of goal and take the chances when they come. Their 1-0 defeat at Mansfield a couple of weeks ago highlights how they played the possession game (55%) but only had two attempts on goal. @ 5/6 it looks a decent bet

    SHEFF UTD away to Hartlepool. News of Cooper’s departure is hardly surprising. I think it was the manner of the home defeat to at the time, bottom of the league Carlisle, that hurt the most. They mustered up a paltry one shot on target, and while they may hope the impetus of caretaker manager’s Sam Collins and Stephen Pears will give them a lift, I can’t see Sheff Utd taking it lightly. Phil Brown had a good FA cup run last year, and is unlikely to make wholesale changes, scoring 9 goals in their last 4 games suggests they have enough about them to deal with Hartlepool @ 4/5

    Good luck, you can call me clueless when all 3 lose :(

  2. jamie180 6 years ago

    Great info Mr F

  3. hampy 6 years ago

    top info i tend to avoid this cup but il try add about bury fc later

  4. hampy 6 years ago

    Bury vs morecambe
    Duane Holmes is about 50/50 whether hel take part after an ankle problem. Clive platt may make an appearance after shaking off a calf problem thats limited him to just one appearance so far. Poole and Obrien are out still.

    No indication so far that Bury will play a weakened team but il try to update that as crossed my mind with the league form going well.

    Morecambe loanee widdowson will miss out laurence wilson is only doing light training and isnt expected to be fit and Andrew wright could be out after a knock at the weekend.

    Id probably go for BTTS in this game as dont think Bury will be too concerned with this cup. Promotion is the big aim after so much money spent at the club over the summer

  5. jamie180 6 years ago

    After reading the above team info i’d say Coventry look a very decent shout at 8/11

  6. Paul 6 years ago

    Where is this info from, the clubs web sites?

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Paul, as I’ve said earlier they mostly come from sports news wire feeds to the Daily Record and a lot of it is repeated on Team Talk who must be using the same source.

  7. darren winch 6 years ago

    Being a Luton fan I fancy them against Crawley tonight we never had a chance to retain it after being relegated to the confrence the year we won it so they will be putting there all into this competition.

    Super Single Bet365 Luton 23/20

  8. darren winch 6 years ago

    Although the JPT rules states that teams have to play at least 6 players from the 1st team that have played in the league and cup games this season so clubs wont be putting out there full reserve sides.

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Darren, the rules actually say they must play six who started the previous league game or six who will start the next one. Otherwise they get fined like Coventry did. However, five changes for teams with small squads is a lot.

  9. Tony Greenwood 6 years ago

    Hi Mr Fix It,
    I have been a football punter for many years, and have followed numerous tipster sites, But for the last few months have taken advice from yourself and other follower’s from your site,
    I can honestly say this is the first site I have used and taken advice from and (touch wood) have seen a regular profit. May I thank you and your band of followers for useful team news that is the most important thing in football betting good advice from fellow punters,
    So thanks to you all and now I am a converted Mr Fix It follower,

  10. Daniel Antoniou 6 years ago

    Thank you for the info Mr F
    Do you have a super single today?

  11. sagol 6 years ago

    I fancie to qualify for next round.

    northern section…sheff utd and notts county
    southern section…luton and swindon

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