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NOTTS COUNTY | Shaun Derry confirmed that on-loan striker Jake Cassidy remains doubtful for this weekend as he continues his recovery from a toe injury, whilst Club Captain Hayden Mullins is still struggling with a muscle injury.
As this is the third game in the space of a week, Derry may look to rotate some players to keep his squad fresh, but having won both of the previous games over the past seven days he may also be reticent to change a winning formula too much.
Jimmy Spencer remains the only long-term injury concern for Notts as he continues to recuperate from a knee injury that is expected to keep him out for the entire season.
SCUNTHORPE UNITED | Scunthorpe will be without both Neal Bishop and Jennison Myrie-Williams through suspension for their home game against Notts County.
Midfielder Bishop was booked for the fifth time this season during the midweek draw at Port Vale and winger Myrie-Williams was sent off for two yellow-card offences. Both players now serve one-game bans.
Gary McSheffrey returns to contention after his one-game suspension and fellow striker Rory Fallon is hoping to overcome the knock that kept him out in midweek.
Manager Mark Robins must decide whether to recall midfielder Sean McAllister, while defender Miguel Llera and winger Harry Adelukan are pushing for recalls.
These two sides have already gone head-to-head this season, with Notts coming out on top in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy match at Glanford Park earlier this month, but with a new Manager in charge of Scunthorpe going into this weekend, Shaun Derry is expecting another tough test.
The Notts boss told Magpie Player: "Looking at the league and the results of late, everyone can beat everyone. Crewe for example, they are on a run, three on the bounce and they beat Peterborough the other night, that's why we don't take things for granted.
"This league incredibly close from top to bottom. We will embrace the next group of games and I'm delighted where we are at the minute. Now we need to carry on this run and see where it takes us.
"For the short term, we are taking it game-by-game, and we know if it's anything like the JPT match, it will be a difficult afternoon." | READ MORE
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KEY MAN | Paddy Madden was the Key Man when Notts travelled to Glanford Park earlier this month and he remains so going into this weekend, having taken his goal tally for the season to six in recent weeks.
The Republic of Ireland international shot to prominence in the 2012.13 season when playing for Yeovil Town, initially on loan from Carlisle United, finding the net 24 times in total that year to help the Glovers secure promotion from League 1.
However, having struggled to find the net in the Championship, Madden was placed on the transfer list by Yeovil and duly snapped up by Scunthorpe in January of this year, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal at Glanford Park.
THE LINK | Former Notts County captain Neal Bishop signed a two-year deal at Glanford Park at the start of this season, having spent the previous campaign with Championship side Blackpool.
Bishop joined Notts from Barnet ahead of the 2009.10 campaign and was a key figure in the side that won the League 2 title that year, before going on to take over the captaincy towards the end of the following season.
The combative midfielder made just under 200 appearances for the club during a four-year spell at Meadow Lane before his contract was terminated by mutual consent in June 2013.
Bishop will not be involved on Saturday after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season on Tuesday night, but the bond that he still shares with Notts fans was evident when the two sides met earlier this month.
|TOTAL MEETINGS||NOTTS WINS||DRAWS||OPPOSITION WINS|
Date | Tuesday 7 October 2014 @ Glanford Park
Competition | Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Result | Scunthorpe United 1-2 Notts County
Scorers | Madden (14) | McLaughlin (23), Murray (32)
Attendance | 1,509
|NOTTS WIN||DRAW||OPPOSITION WIN|
Notts County could prove a big price for an away win as they travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday. County are unbeaten away from home in Sky Bet League 1 this season, with three wins and three draws on the road.
They can be backed to claim a fourth win on their travels at 17/10, though home advantage sees Scunthorpe rated 6/4 favourites, with a draw on offer at 12/5.
Considering Scunthorpe have lost four of their seven home games, the temptation is to look towards the visitors here although both teams to score appears even more likely at 4/6. In the first goalscorer market, Garry Thompson of the Magpies is the 11/2 favourite.
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