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Preview: Barnet (A)

9 February 2018

Notts County travel to Barnet this weekend looking to move back into the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places.

The Magpies were knocked down to fourth in the league following Accrington's 2-1 win over Swindon on Tuesday night and they must now refocus on trying to win promotion after seeing their Emirates FA Cup run ended by Swansea.

Barnet remain rock bottom of the division, seven points from safety, and have taken two points from three games under new manager Graham Westley, including a 1-1 stalemate with Lincoln in their last home outing.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

“I'm hoping the players are just concentrating on what is right in front of them. They’ve done that time and time again this season since I’ve arrived.

“Hopefully we can do that again on Saturday, but by no means is it going to be easy.

“I trust these lads that they will give 110 percent and if they play to their capabilities that will give them a fantastic chance of winning the game.”

Team news

Nolan was hopeful to have Matt Tootle and Elliott Hewitt available after being without the pair due to illness earlier in the week.

Goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons is available after serving a three-game suspension and Mason Bennett is also back in the fold after being cup-tied for the trip to Swansea.

For the Bees, Dan Sweeney serves the second of his three game suspension while Jamie Stephens (hamstring), Harry Taylor (metatarsal) and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (knee) are out.

Elliott Johnson (knee) and Dave Tarpey (knee) are long-term absentees for the Londoners.


Shaquile Coulthirst has 10 goals to his name so far his season after moving to the Hive in the summer.

Six of those came in September, when the pacy forward picked up the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award.

The striker, formerly of Tottenham, spent most of his time at White Hart Lane out on loan in the EFL with Barnet the ninth club he has represented.

We've met before...

The side playing at home has won each of the last eight meetings between the two teams in League Two.

Goals from Shola Ameobi and Ryan Yates gave Notts all three points in the last meeting between the sides at Meadow Lane, Simeon Akinola bagging the consolation.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 19/20 odds-on favourites to get back on the winning track this weekend, while the visitors are the outsiders at 11/4. The draw is available at 5/2.

A 2-1 Notts win is 15/2 or a 3-1 success can be backed at odds of 16/1.

Noor Husin has two goals in as many games and can be backed at 10/1 to open the scoring at the Hive. Mason Bennett, meanwhile, is 11/2 to be the first name on the scoresheet.

You can get odds of 3/1 on Notts winning with both teams scoring or 5/2 to win the game to-nil.

You can bet on the game here.

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