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League One preview: Rely on Robins to respond

It's been a stop-start season for Swindon so far but they tend to operate like clockwork when it comes to bouncing back from a defeat and we can't resist the 13/8 available on Paolo Di Canio's men to pick up maximum points at faltering Notts County on Saturday.

Round-up: Cardiff's 'unfinished business' puts the pressure on Norwich

Dave Jones, the Cardiff manager, believes his side have "unfinished business" ahead of their crucial game today at home to Middlesbrough. Cardiff narrowly missed out on promotion last year, losing the play-off final to Blackpool, but are just one point behind Norwich as the two teams vie for the final automatic promotion spot. "I'm proud of what I've done here" said Jones, "but would be even prouder of taking the club into the Premier League."

Hooper escapes without leg break

The celtic striker Gary Hooper has not broken his leg but he could still face six weeks on the sidelines with a badly sprained ankle.

Macheda in line to start at Scunthorpe

The Italian striker Federico Macheda, who burst on to the scene with two goals vital to Manchester United's last Premier League title, is expected to partner Michael Owen in the Carling Cup third round at Scunthorpe tonight, as Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to feel that his presence was vital to Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick against Liverpool on Sunday.

Celtic swoop for Hooper

Gary Hooper completed his "dream" move to Celtic this morning and then declared himself ready to snatch a Champions League debut goal.

Knights and nuns of the far-flung shires drink the stadium dry

It was the minimum that was required but it was more than enough for England fans who had made their way to Port Elizabeth. All around the stadium provincial banners were draped: Yeovil, Wycombe and Scunthorpe had come in hope more than expectation.

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