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Preview: Cambridge (H)

23 December 2017

Notts County host Cambridge United in their final home game of the calendar year as the 2017-18 season reaches the halfw

The Magpies were held to a goalless draw against Grimsby Town last weekend, which extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to eight games.

Cambridge, meanwhile, arrive at Meadow Lane as the joint-lowest scorers in the division with 18 goals in 22 games. The U's have won one of their last eight outings to slide six points away from the play-off places.

Should Notts avoid defeat, they will have navigated the calendar year with just one loss on home turf in the league - against last season's League Two champions Portsmouth.

But United, who have former Notts boss Shaun Derry in charge, will be determined to ruin that record.

Notts assistant manager Richard Thomas says...

"I've been to watch Cambridge a couple of times this season and they're a really good side. I think their league position belies what they offer.

"They might have underachieved, but with Cambridge I think it's to do with availability of key players through suspension or injury.

"It looks like they haven't been able to put out their top individuals consistently, which is why they might have stumbled to this point."

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Cambridge head coach Shaun Derry says...

“It’s great to see them up there and doing well because it’s a fantastic club with tradition and history.

“Kevin has done a terrific job and I am really pleased for him because he’s a great guy. I know him well and he’s really thriving in that environment."

Team news

Goalkeeper Adam Collin returned to full training earlier in the week and could be in contention. Michael O'Connor has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury but is still some time away from making a full return to action.

Cambridge will welcome the return of captain Leon Legge after illness, while striker Uche Ikpeazu completed a suspension by missing last weekend's defeat against Newport.


Uche Ikpeazu left Watford after six loan spells in the summer of 2016 in search of first-team football and hasn't looked back since Cambridge took a punt on the powerful striker.

Initially signed on a short-term deal, the 22-year-old made an impressive start to life at the Abbey Stadium and penned a new contract until the summer of 2018 in October 2016.

The frontman had already made close to 80 EFL appearances before signing for Shaun Derry's team from his loan spells with Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale and Blackpool.

An eight-goal return for 2016-17 has already been matched for this campaign and, with plenty of games to go, he will be eyeing up a 20-goal haul, which would go some way to securing a top-seven finish for the U's.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 4/5 favourites to take all three points while the U's are 7/2 to be the first team this season to come away from Meadow Lane with three points in League Two. The draw is available at 13/5.

A 2-0 Notts win can be backed at 7/1 or a 3-1 success for the Magpies is 12/1.

Notts are 5/2 to win the game with both teams scoring or 2/1 to win the game to-nil.

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