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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
10:30 28th February 2017

Preview: Plymouth (A)

Notts County head to Plymouth Argyle for the longest trip of the 2016-17 season looking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

The Magpies have been in good form of late but will face stern opposition from the promotion-chasing Pilgrims, who are three points behind league leaders Doncaster Rovers.

Following a 3-2 win at Leyton Orient in their last venture on the road, Kevin Nolan's side will make the journey down to Devon confidenct of bringing back a positive result.

League positions

Notts: 21st (34pts)
Plymouth: 2nd (62pts)

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Notts boss Kevin Nolan says…

"We can't fear anyone. We will respect Plymouth because they are a good side and it will be a tough game at a difficult place to go.

"They have a good squad down there and they do the right things more often than not which is why they are where they are in the league table.

"But we're on a four-game unbeaten run so we are going with confidence. However, we know we have to match them if we want to get anything from the game."

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Plymouth manager Derek Adams says...

"They’ve changed manager, taking in Ameobi up front and Stead is fit as well. We’ll wait and see what their team is and assess their strengths and weaknesses. 

"They’ve got good experience in their side, but from our point of view we’ll have to keep them quiet and our creative players will have to get on the scoresheet."

Team news

Richard Duffy serves the second match of a two-game suspension after accumulating 10 yellow cards.

Nolan admitted there were some bumps and bruises following the 0-0 draw with Yeovil but the manager will give the players every chance of making themselves available for the match at Home Park.

Plymouth midfielder David Fox limped out of the 1-1 draw at Luton at half-time on Saturday and is doubtful for the game with an ankle injury.

Former Notts striker Jimmy Spencer has recently returned from injury with two substitute appearances and could be involved for the Pilgrims.

Match officials

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Richard Hulme and Justin Amey
Fourth Official: Robert Dabbs 

Ward has taken charge of 30 games so far this season, showing 109 yellow cards and five reds, but this will be his first Notts game of the 2016-17 campaign.

He last refereed Notts in the 1-0 defeat at Yeovil in March 2016, showing yellow cards to Curtis Thompson, Liam Noble and Adam Campbell at Huish Park.

Head-to-head

Notts have a dominant record in the head-to-head stakes against the Pilgrims with 23 wins to their opponents' 13.

However, they are without a league win at Home Park since 1985 and the Green Army are unbeaten in the previous four clashes between the teams.

Total matches: 45
Notts wins: 23
Plymouth wins: 13
Draws: 9

Last league win at Plymouth...

Notts' last win at Home Park came in August 2010 when John Spicer's goal saw the Magpies progress to the next round of the Carling Cup.

For the last time Notts came away from Plymouth with three points, however, you have to go back to 31 August 1985 when Rachid Harkouk scored the only goal of the game for Jimmy Sirrel's side.

Notts: Leonard, Richards, Clarke, Benjamin, Sims, Yates, McParland, Goodwin, Young, Harkouk, Hunt.

Ticket information

Notts received an allocation of 310 reserved covered seat tickets located behind the goal in the Barn Park Stand. 

Tickets are available on the day from Home Park, priced:

Adult: £22
65 and over: £17
Student (with valid ID): £17
Under 18: £9

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Fancy a flutter with Sky Bet?

Notts are outsiders for the trip to Devon at 7/2 with the draw at 14/5 and the hosts firm favourites at 3/4 with Sky Bet.

Jon Stead remains the Magpies' top scorer with 13 goals to his name and can be backed at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game at Home Park.

Captain Michael O'Connor has been in fine form in recent weeks and is 16/1 to open the scoring, while young defender Josh Clackstone is a massive 80/1!

County to win 1-0 is being offered at odds of 12/1 and a 2-1 success is also available at 12s.

Every Notts fan who signs up to Sky Bet using this link helps the club financially so if you're going to have a flutter, do it with Sky Bet!

Click here to check out Sky Bet's odds on the game.