Second and Third Divisions

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Suspensions deprive the Second Division leaders, Reading, of two solid midfielders in Phil Parkinson and Keith Jones but Alan Pardew's side should still take the opportunity to increase the pressure on second-placed Brighton when they face relegation-threatened Notts County at home.

Brighton are in confident form and at full strength but clearly face a more difficult task away to seventh-placed Oldham, who hope to include the Argentinian midfielder Carlo Colusso, on loan from Rosario Central, if international clearance comes through in time.

Third-placed Stoke City, having returned to form with a 5-0 thrashing of Cambridge United in midweek, meet Port Vale at the Britannia Stadium in tomorrow's Potteries derby.

In the Third Division, leaders Plymouth face third-placed Mansfield, while second-placed Luton travel to Rochdale, who are fourth. Rushden and Diamonds, in sixth, travel to Hull, one place above them.