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Preview: Newport (H)

27 October 2017

Notts County hope to reclaim their place at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table when Newport County visit Meadow Lane this weekend.

After picking up one point from two away trips since their last outing at Meadow Lane, the Magpies will look to make the most of being back on home turf.

Newport, though, will provide stiff opposition having enjoyed revived fortunes themselves.

A 2-1 win against Notts on the final day of last season secured their place in the EFL and completed a great escape which saw them recover from being 11 points from safety with 12 games remaining.

They have carried that momentum over in to this campaign and currently occupy a play-off place, something few would have thought possible when Michael Flynn took the job in March.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"We're at home and we have to make things happen, try to force the opposition into making mistakes and play as high up the pitch as we can.

"We have to play our football in their half because that's where we are at our most threatening."

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Newport manager Michael Flynn says...

“It’s a great football stadium. It’s full of tradition and I’m really looking forward to going there.

“Let’s be the first team to be beat them there in the league. They are a strong team and it’s going to be a tough game. But they’ve had a little dip in form now so hopefully we catch them at the right time.

“I’m confident we can go there and cause them problems, I just hope we have that killer touch and we go there and get the win because the boys have been magnificent.”

Team news

Goalkeeper Adam Collin is Notts' only confirmed absentee with the manager reporting nothing more than bumps and bruises following the Checkatrade Trophy game against Mansfield Town in midweek.

Former Notts midfielder Joss Labadie is sidelined for the Exiles, as is Calaum Jahraldo-Martin.

Striker Paul Hayes, who joined the club after speaking to Flynn on social media network LinkedIn, is not expected to feature as he works his way back to full fitness.

Dangerman

Amond was a key addition for the Exiles over the summer, making the move to south Wales for an undisclosed fee after a protracted transfer saga.

His 14 goals for Hartlepool last season were not enough to keep Pools in the EFL as they suffered relegation on the final day, with Newport staying up at their expense.

The striker's last season in the National League was a prolific one as he scored 33 times in 49 appearances for Grimsby, helping fire the Mariners back to the EFL.

Hartlepool had hoped for a similar contribution from the Irishman this season but the forward had his heart set on staying in the EFL.

He has made a strong start to life in amber colours, scoring at a rate of almost a goal every other game. Indeed, the Exiles have won each of the five games he has scored in.

We've met before...

Notts have taken on the reformed Newport County four times, with both sides winning two games each.

The Magpies did the double over the Exiles in 2015-16 before the Welsh side repaid the favour last season.

The first meeting was certainly a memorable one as Notts won 4-3 at Meadow Lane thanks to Liam Noble's strike in second half stoppage time. Genaro Snijders then scored the only goal in the return game at Rodney Parade.

Newport took six points from Notts last season, winning 3-0 at Meadow Lane before registering a 2-1 win on the final day of last season thanks to Mark O'Brien's last-minute strike, which secured their EFL safety to complete a great escape.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 13/10 favourites while the Exiles are 21/10 to be the first team this season to come away from Meadow Lane with three points in Sky Bet League Two. The draw is available at 23/10.

Newport won 3-0 at Meadow Lane last season and Notts will be keen to put that result right. A 3-0 success for the Magpies is 20/1, or a more conservative 1-0 win is 13/2.

Fancy a repeat of the 4-3 win from 2015-16? Sky Bet offer huge odds of 150/1 for Notts to come out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller!

Jorge Grant was on target in the last meeting between the sides and can be backed at 13/2 to open the scoring at Meadow Lane this weekend. The midfielder is 16/1 to score a brace or 150/1 to bag a hat-trick.

Notts are 7/2 to win the game with both teams scoring or 3/1 to win the game to-nil, securing a first clean sheet in seven games.

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