Weekend football preview

George Elokobi could make his Bristol City debut at Ashton Gate against Leeds. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Archive

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • BRISTOL CITY v LEEDS UNITED

City will be wanting to get back to winning ways at Ashton Gate. In their last home game they were beaten 5-3 by Blackburn – conceding two goals in injury time. Confidence should be high after achieving four points from two away games since then.

Derek McInnes signed Wolves defender George Elokobi on a three-month loan in midweek as cover for the injured Greg Cunningham. He could go straight into the team, although youngster Joe Bryan has impressed since coming in for Cunningham.

Leeds have the same record as City so far this season – winning 3, losing 3 and drawing 1. They come into the game on the back of knocking Premier League Everton out of the Capital One Cup. Manager Neil Warnock described it as the best cup win he's ever had.

The visitors could be without goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and former Yeovil defender Lee Peltier. Both players missed the Everton game.

LAST SEASON: 0-3

LEAGUE ONE

  • SHREWSBURY TOWN v SWINDON TOWN
Swindon's Andy Williams, pictured against Burnley on Tuesday, will be hoping to continue his scoring run. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Fifth-placed Swindon travel to Shrewsbury on the back of three straight wins, which includes Tuesday's excellent 3-1 cup triumph over Championship side Burnley.

Shrewbury were promoted to League One with Swindon last season. After a disappointing start they've started to pick up points, and comfortably beat Coventry 4-1 in their last home game.

Manager Graham Turner is expected to give debuts to new loan signings Sam Winnall, a 21-year-old striker from Wolves, and Lee Collins, a 24-year-old defender from Barnsley.

LAST SEASON: 2-1

  • PRESTON NORTH END v YEOVIL TOWN
Dan Burn has joined Yeovil on loan from Fulham. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil will have to be on top form if they are to get anything from their trip to Preston. The Lilywhites put five goals past Hartlepool in their last home league match.

The Glovers go into the game having lost their last four games. Confidence may be low, but the players put in an improved performance in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United last weekend. It was also good to see Gavin Williams return to first team action after his injury lay-off.

Gary Johnson could give a debut to new defender Daniel Burn. The 20-year-old has signed from Fulham on loan, and replaces Rohan Ince who has returned to Chelsea.

Preston have injury doubts over striker Chris Beardsley and defender Keith Keane. Lee Holmes is four weeks away from a return to action but Lee Trundle’s injury is expected to keep him out until Christmas.

LAST SEASON: 4-3

LEAGUE TWO

  • EXETER CITY v BRISTOL ROVERS
New signing Derek Riordan should go straight into the Bristol Rovers team at Exeter. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive

Bristol Rovers are still looking for their first win of the season and are second from bottom in the table.

With Matt Harrold suffering a long-term injury, manager Mark McGhee yesterday signed two new strikers to help address the situation.

Tom Eaves, 20, has signed on a three month loan from Championship side Bolton, and 29-year-old Derek Riordan joins the club on a short-term deal until Christmas.

Former Hibernian player Riordan is a free agent after leaving St Johnstone at the end of last season.

Third placed Exeter will be hoping to get back to winning ways after their 2-1 defeat at Southend last weekend.

Alan Gow and Guillem Bauza are both fully fit, while Liam Sercombe could also return after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.

LAST SEASON: n/a

You can watch pre-match interviews with Rovers manager Mark McGhee and goalkeeper Neil Etheridge below:

  • CHELTENHAM v MORECAMBE (tonight 7.45pm)
Cheltenham Town's top scorer Shaun Harrad will be hoping to get back on the goal trail tonight. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has a fully-fit side to choose from as they take on Morecambe at Whaddon Road tonight.

The visitors did the double over Cheltenham last season, but are struggling to find form. They've lost three out of the last four games. Strikers Jack Redshaw (dead leg) and Danny Carlton (knee) could miss the match, but Chris McReady and Andy Fleming are back in contention.

There will be a minute's applause before the game for former Cheltenham chairman Dave Courtney who passed away this week after a long battle with illness.

LAST SEASON: 1-2