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Preview: Accrington (A)

1 April 2018

Notts County travel to Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday looking to gain ground on Wycombe Wanderers in the race for an automatic promotion place in Sky Bet League Two.

The Magpies played out a goalless draw with the Chairboys on Good Friday and now face a trip to the league leaders, who regained their place at the summit with a 1-0 win at Mansfield Town.

John Coleman's swashbuckling side are in fine form, winning their last five league games to extend their run in the league to one defeat in their past 15 outings.

With two games in hand over the chasing pack, the Reds are in pole position to secure a place in the third tier of English football for the first time in the club's history but Notts manager Kevin Nolan will be determined to see his side delay Accrington's promotion party and boost their own hopes of going up.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"John Coleman has got the right people in and they know how to win games. They are all in it together and they do things the right way.

"He has been there for a long time and done fantastically well at that club. They're firing on all cylinders and we have to make sure we are ready."

Accrington manager John Coleman says...

"We can't get ahead of ourselves or get carried away. We still have eight games left and a long way to go but we are finding ways to win games.

"We are getting maximum effort out of all of the players. They are working themselves into the ground.

"We have to keep our heads down and not worry about anyone else."

Team news

Nolan is expected to make changes to his side given the quick turnaround in fixtures with the likes of Carl Dickinson and Jorge Grant pushing for a recall to the starting line-up.

Midfielder Michael O'Connor could also return to the first-team fold almost a year on from suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Accrington have made just one change to their team in the last five matches which was enforced as Janoi Donacien missed the 1-0 win at Mansfield on Good Friday through illness.

Ben Richards-Everton took his place and could retain that spot in the starting line-up come Monday afternoon.

Dangerman

Accrington boast the services of the top goalscorer in Sky Bet League Two in striker Billy Kee, who is scoring at a rate of a goal every other game in this campaign.

The former Burton frontman has 21 league goals to his name so far this season, keeping him one ahead of Cheltenham's Mohamed Eisa in the scoring charts.

We've met before...

Notts' last win at Accrington came in March 2010 when goals from Lee Hughes, Luke Rodgers and Ben Davies gave the Magpies all three points. County have since gone on to lose on their last three visits to East Lancashire

The reverse fixture saw Stanley come from two goals down to claim a point as Mark Hughes and Mallik Wilks struck to cancel out efforts from Jon Stead and Jorge Grant.

What are the odds?

Accrington are 11/10 favourites to come out on top with Sky Bet pricing Notts up at 12/5 to leave the Wham Stadium with a victory. The draw is also 12/5.

The Magpies are 40/1 to win 3-0, as they did in their last victory at the home of the Reds, or a much tighter 1-0 victory is available at 9/1. Alternatively, Notts to win 2-1 is 11/1.

Notts are 11/2 to win with both teams scoring in the game and the same odds to win and keep a clean sheet.

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