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Preview: Yeovil Town (A)

Magpies head to Somerset

21 November 2017

Notts County make the long journey to Yeovil looking to extend their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Free-scoring Luton are hot on the tails of the Magpies, but a 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday kept Kevin Nolan's team in first place.

The Glovers have won one of their last five league outings but have beaten high-flying opposition on home turf this season, turning over both Accrington and Coventry at Huish Park as well as claiming the scalp of League One side Southend United in the Emirates FA Cup.

It all points to a testing night on the road for Nolan's men against opponents they have struggled to get the better of in recent years.

Notts manager Kevin Nolan says...

"I am expecting another tough game. We have to make sure we are at it because if we aren't then we will be punished.

"Yeovil have a lot of strengths but hopefully we have given the lads enough information so they know what to expect."

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Yeovil boss Darren Way says...

"We’ll be up against a team with Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi up front who are a real threat.

"But it’s a game where we can put Saturday’s result right - I think that’s really important.

"That’s why we have to remain positive."

Team news

Midfielder Elliott Hewitt is available for selection after serving his one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards.

Adam Collin and Michael O'Connor remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Yeovil welcome strikers Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko back from suspension but defender Bevis Mugabi is banned.

Ryan Dickson will miss out after he picked up a concussion in the defeat to Swindon at the weekend.

Dangerman

Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola's presence in the final third has certainly been missed by the Glovers in recent weeks.

The striker had scored seven goals in 17 games for the Huish Park outfit before being sent off against Stevenage on 28 October.

But he returns from suspension and Yeovil manager Darren Way will be grateful to have him back as his men have scored just twice in the three games the 20-year-old was forced to sit out.

We've met before

The head-to-head standings favour the home side with seven wins from the 15 meetings between the sides.

Notts have not won on any of their last six visits to Huish Park, last winning there 12 years ago.

Last season saw the Glovers beat the Magpies 2-0 on the opening day thanks to goals from Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan before the two sides played out a goalless draw at Meadow Lane in February.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up at evens to come away from Somerset with all three points while the hosts are 13/5 to pick up the win with the draw available at 5/2.

Notts' record at Huish Park is not particularly strong having not won there on their last six visits - a run stretching back to March 2005, when goals from Stefan Oakes, Glynn Hurst and Mark Stallard gave the Magpies a 3-1 win. Sky Bet offer odds of 14/1 for that result with a more conservative 1-0 at 13/2.

Fancy the Magpies to win and keep a clean sheet? It's 5/2 for Nolan's men to win to-nil and the 11/4 for both teams to score with the three points coming back to Nottingham.

Jorge Grant took his tally for the season to 13 with his fourth brace of the campaign on Saturday afternoon and the in-form midfielder is 10/1 to repeat that feat against the Glovers. The 23-year-old is 11/2 to open the scoring or 80/1 to register a first career hat-trick.

Richard Duffy saw his central defensive partner Shaun Brisley score his second goal of the campaign at the weekend and will be determined to level things up in the scoring stakes against the former Carlisle man. The Welshman is 28/1 to be the first man on the scoresheet, as he was in Notts' 4-2 win at Wycombe in August.

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