Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

MK Dons (L1) v Northampton (L2)

Dons boss Karl Robinson is expected to make changes to his side for the first round tie at home.

Ian McLoughlin keeps goal in cup competitions and he is likely to replace David Martin. Jon Otsemobor, Luke Chadwick, Alan Smith, Ben Reeves, Dele Alli and George Baldock were also on the bench for the 1-0 league win at Sheffield United on Saturday and will come into contention for starting roles.

Lee Hodson is away on international duty with Northern Ireland while fellow full-back Dean Lewington returned from four weeks out with a knee injury against the Blades and will probably be rested after playing the full 90 minutes in South Yorkshire.

Loan players Patrick Bamford, Jason Banton and Samir Carruthers are available but Daniel Powell (ankle) and Dean Bowditch (groin) remain sidelined.

The Cobblers are without Roy O’Donovan for the trip south east.

The two-goal striker was dismissed during the 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the weekend and sits out a one-match suspension.

Left-back Joe Widdowson (hamstring), midfielder Ian Morris (groin) and winger Danny Emerton (illness) are all doubtful after missing Saturday’s defeat.

Recent midfield signing Matty Harriott will look to make his Cobblers debut, having been an unused substitute against the Pirates.

Notts County (L1)- Burton (L2)

The Magpies are assessing Jamal Campbell-Ryce ahead of the first round of the Football League Trophy.

An injury forced Campbell-Ryce to be substituted after just 25 minutes of the home league defeat to Rotherham at the weekend and the winger is a doubt for Tuesday night’s first-round tie.

He joins striker Danny Haynes and Enoch Showunmi (back) as possible absentees. However, left-back Alan Sheehan could come back into the reckoning after a hamstring problem.

Manager Chris Kiwomya has options should he wish to make some changes, with the likes of Manny Smith, Adam Coombes, Fabian Spiess and Andre Boucaud among those players available for recalls.

Gary Rowett plans big changes to his Burton Albion side tonight 

Dag & Red v Colchester 

The Daggers will again be without Rhys Murphy for the first round of the Football League Trophy.

The striker, who has netted twice in five appearances this season, continues to be ruled out with a back injury, though it is not currently known how long he will be sidelined for.

Boss Wayne Burnett has no other injury or suspension worries as they look to pull off an upset against their League One opponents.

Teenage left-back Jack Connors could be handed a debut while Afolabi Obafemi is in contention for a first start in attack, following five substitute appearances this season.

The U’s could make changes for the trip to London.

Joe Dunne’s side suffered their first league defeat of the campaign against Leyton Orient at the weekend and face Coventry on Saturday.

He is therefore expected to freshen things up for the cup tie, with the likes of Andy Bond, Alex Gilbey, Drey Wright and Clinton Morrison all looking for a chance to impress.

Goalkeeper Mark Cousins will hope for a first appearance of the season, having played second fiddle to Chelsea loanee Sam Walker.

Hartlepool v Bradford

Pools will field what will be a first-choice team against Bradford this evening.

Steve Howard will most likely be absent after needing stitches in a cut to his face suffered in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Torquay, while winger Jack Compton is also a doubt after being forced off with a calf strain.

That should mean recalls for two of Andy Monkhouse, James Poole and Luke James.

And Cooper, a former coach and caretaker boss of tonight’s opponents, said: “We have to play the strongest team we possibly can against Bradford.

“We have to give them a right game and try to get through. There won’t be much tinkering.
“I’ve never been a person who thinks any cup competition should be treated differently.

Bradford

He waited for his chance and took it. We’ve got to look for the same from five or six others tonight. We’ve got a lot of lads waiting eagerly for an opportunity since the Huddersfield game.”City kick off their JPT campaign with a first-round trip to Hartlepool – and it is a significant evening for the back-up squad.

Brentford v AFC Wimbledon  -1ah Brentford

AFC Wimbledon will check on defenders Alan Bennett and Will Antwi ahead of the trip to Brentford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Skipper Bennett is closing in on a return to fitness following a hamstring injury and fellow centre-half Antwi has resumed full training following a hernia operation.

Charlton loanee Michael Smith is set to keep his place after his goalscoring display in the 2-0 victory over Fleetwood on Saturday.

But boss Neal Ardley may make a couple of changes with Jack Midson, Chris Arthur, Charlie Sheringham and Peter Sweeney pushing for recalls.

Brentford will be without Tony Craig and Will Grigg when they entertain AFC Wimbledon in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Defender Craig serves a one-match ban for his red card in Saturday’s goalless draw with Carlisle while striker Grigg, who came on as a half-time substitute after a hamstring injury, sustained another knock late on.

Left-back Jake Bidwell (ankle), goalkeeper Richard Lee (shoulder) and midfielder Jonathan Douglas (knee) remain sidelined while young loan striker Conor McAleny has gone back to Everton after breaking his leg last week.

Club captain Kevin O’Connor could get a run-out along with fellow midfielder Martin Fillo if boss Uwe Rosler makes changes.

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Exeter v Wycombe 

The Grecians look unlikely to gamble on John O’Flynn’s injury for the first round meeting with Wycombe.

The Irishman limped off 22 minutes into the 2-1 win over York on Saturday with a hamstring tweak and manager Paul Tisdale is unlikely to risk the former Barnet forward.

And Tisdale could freshen his side up with the likes of Jamie Reid, Jake Gosling and Alan Gow all starting against the Chairboys.

The Grecians have lowered their ticket prices for the match as they look to extend their 100 per cent home record at St James Park this season.

Chairboys will be without Josh Scowen for the trip south west.

The midfielder rolled his ankle in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Southend and had to be substituted just 19 minutes into the match.

His place in the starting line-up could be taken by the Chairboys’ captain Stuart Lewis who is back from suspension.

Steven Craig netted his first goal in English football on Saturday and manager Gareth Ainsworth could reward the match-winner with a place in his starting line-up at St James Park.

Port Vale v Bury 

Daniel Jones will miss Port Vale’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Bury.

Jones was forced off with a groin injury during the first half of Vale’s home league defeat to Wolves on Saturday. The full-back will miss the first round visit of the Shakers and he is also a doubt for the weekend trip to Carlisle.

Carl Dickinson or Adam Yates, who switched sides to fill in against Wolves when Jones went off, are capable of filling in at left-back.

Joe Davis (knee) and Rob Taylor (Achilles) have returned to training after injury but both players are short of fitness and this game looks like coming too early for either of them to be considered for first-team duties.

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell looks set to include veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen in his squad to face Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The 38-year-old shot-stopper joined the Shakers on Monday and is expected to be named in Blackwell’s matchday squad at Vale Park.

Striker Jessy Reindorf is in contention to make his first start for the club after coming off the bench to score in both of his first two appearances.

Blackwell has no fresh injury or suspension concerns and could be tempted to stick with a similar starting XI to the one that beat Cheltenham 4-1 at the weekend.

Wolves v Walsall 

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett will be forced into at least four changes when his side takes on Walsall in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Molineux side are without Sam Ricketts (Wales), Leigh Griffiths (Scotland), Lee Evans and Jake Cassidy (both Wales Under-21s) due to international call-ups.

Full-back Scott Golbourne will be assessed after he was forced off with a back injury on his debut at the weekend.

But Jackett is unlikely to make further changes, with his side enjoying an 11-day rest before their next fixture against Swindon.

Dean Smith is expected to make changes to his Walsall side as they look to return to winning ways in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wolves following a disappointing 3-0 home league defeat to Preston.

Nicky Featherstone, Romaine Sawyers and Andy Taylor all had to make do with places on the bench for Saturday’s loss but could be recalled to Smith’s starting XI for the cup clash.

Walsall have not beaten their local rivals in their previous five attempts, drawing one and losing four, and Saddlers boss Smith knows his team will face a difficult test at Molineux.

“We have a quick chance to bounce back at Wolves on Tuesday; it’s a tough game but it’s a local derby and one that we face with relish,” he told the club’s official website.

Cheltenham v Plymouth 

The Robins’ fringe players will have the chance to impress in the first round after a number of injuries to Mark Yates’ squad.

Steve Elliott and Craig Braham-Barrett will not be available, Matt Richards has a hamstring problem and remains a doubt while Troy Brown is still out.

One player who may return to the bench is Jamie Cureton. The experienced forward has been sidelined with a shoulder problem he sustained when opening his account for the club on the opening day.

Yates has called for his players to stand up and be counted after their 4-1 defeat to Bury on Saturday.

Argyle could hand debuts to two new signings for Tuesday night’s trip to south west.

Left-back Jamie Reckord, who arrived on loan from Wolves, and Algerian midfielder Hamza Bencherif, who was a free agent, have both been signed in time to feature.

Striker Matt Lecointe underwent a cruciate knee ligament operation last week and faces a lengthy recovery period while this match comes too soon for Paul Wotton as he recovers from his broken ribs.

Argyle make the trip looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Morecambe.

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Bournemouth v Wigan

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is likely to make changes.

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is omitted.

Martinez played a second-string in the first tie but he may be tempted to give on-loan Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez his first start.

Centre-back Ivan Ramis is expected to be out long-term with knee ligament damage and although Antolin Alcaraz is due back from a groin problem he is unlikely to be risked.

Provisional squad: Pollitt, Stam, Boyce, Figueroa, Golobart, Jones, Gomez, Fyvie, Redmond, Boselli, McManaman, Dicko, McArthur, Henriquez, Campabadal, Kiernan, Al Habsi, Espinoza.

Stoke v Crystal Palace

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is expected to make a number of adjustments to his first XI.

Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, a regular for the Potters in cup competition, looks set to come in for Asmir Begovic once again, while striker Michael Owen will be hoping to be back involved after starting the original tie – a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park – but then missing out on a place in the squad for Saturday’s 4-0 Barclays Premier League loss to Chelsea.

Defender Marc Wilson and midfielder Rory Delap, who have been sidelined by a broken leg and a calf problem respectively, remain unavailable.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Cameron, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen, Nash.

Sunderland v Bolton

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is unlikely to make too many changes.

Defenders Danny Rose and Carlos Cuellar will both miss out again after injuries ruled then out of the 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The pair suffered hamstring problems during the 2-2 draw at Wanderers earlier this month.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, O’Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden.

Blackpool v Fulham

Fulham manager Martin Jol is expected to rest striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Jol has hinted he will rest several first-team players for the clash at Bloomfield Road given that it comes just three days after the Cottagers’ 1-1 draw against Wigan.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) are likely to miss out while Steven Sidwell is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Richardson, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov, Petric, Davies.

West Brom v QPR

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie and right-back Steven Reid will return from injury.

Odemwingie – a target for QPR – has recovered from a calf problem while Reid is available after a shin complaint.

Midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and strikers Shane Long (dead leg) and Marc-Antoine Fortune (hamstring) are only expected to be fit for the weekend Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas, Dawson, Popov, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy,

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has no fresh injury concerns ahead.

Redknapp could make a number of changes after his side’s hard-fought 0-0 draw with Tottenhamon Saturday, but is still without Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Samba Diakite, who is at the African Nations Cup.

Defender Ryan Nelsen remains available but forwards Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are both absent.

Provisional squad: Green, Cesar, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ben-Haim, Ferdinand, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Derry, Granero, Taarabt, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse, Campbell.