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League Two weekend preview

25 January 2019

With Saturday’s game against Newport postponed, Notts County will be hoping results elsewhere in Sky Bet League Two go their way this weekend.

Six of the bottom eight are in action, with Yeovil the only other relegation-threatened side without a match.

We take a look at some of the clashes that can give Notts a boost in their battle for survival and the rest of this weekend’s League Two action.

Cheltenham Town v Macclesfield Town

Most Notts followers will be keeping an eye on the six-pointer at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday.

21st plays 23rd and Macclesfield could haul themselves out of the dropzone for the first time this season with a win.

Cheltenham are two points clear of the Silkmen but have lost their last three games while Sol Campbell’s side have won two on the bounce.

Michael Duff’s men could climb as high as 18th with victory but defeat could see them slip into the bottom two if other results go against them.

Northampton Town v Morecambe

Northampton have found wins hard to come by following their initial resurgence under Keith Curle – recording just two victories in their last 11 league games leaving them in 16th.

They’ve not lost many, though – drawing six over that period and going through December unbeaten.

Morecambe, on the other hand, are winless in six and have slipped to 22nd with just one point keeping them out of the relegation zone.

The Shrimps are in danger of dropping into the bottom two if they don’t win on Saturday.

Exeter City v Cambridge United

Colin Calderwood’s arrival has signalled an upturn in form for the U’s who have won three on the bounce and occupy 19th position.

He’s recorded just one win on the road since his appointment, though, and is tasked with a trip to Exeter this weekend.

The Grecians are firmly in the mix for the play-offs, currently just two points outside them in eighth, but they have only won one of their last four games.

Port Vale v Carlisle United

Port Vale put an end to their seven-match winless run with victory at Crawley last time out and moved up to 18th – five points clear of the dropzone.

They host one of the division’s in-form sides this week as fourth-placed Carlisle, who have won seven of their last eight, make the trip to Staffordshire.

Steven Pressley recently took over as manager of the Cumbrians and recorded victory in his first game in charge, beating Crawley 1-0.

Swindon Town v Crawley Town

Crawley have lost their last three and have the second-worst away record in League Two, picking up just seven points on the road.

They recorded back-to-back home wins at the start of January but have lost to Stevenage, Mansfield and Port Vale since.

Swindon, meanwhile, have climbed up to 11th under Richie Wellens and are now just six points off the play-offs.

Grimsby Town v MK Dons

After their upturn in results to end 2018 and propel them into midtable, Grimsby have struggled to get going in January and have lost all four games without scoring.

A clash with MK Dons wouldn’t usually be what you’d ask for as you look to return to form, but they’ve won just one of their last six and have slipped out of the automatic promotion places.

Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United

Crewe have climbed to 14th and got 38 points on the board, easing any early-season relegation worries.

They’ve won four of their last six and will fancy their chances when they host a Colchester side that has been struggling lately.

They’ve won just once in 2019 but that was enough for them to regain a play-off place after slipping out of the top seven at the turn of the year.

Bury v Lincoln City

The top two clash at 5.30pm on Saturday and Notts will keep a close eye on events with Lincoln visiting Meadow Lane next week.

The Imps are six points clear at the top of League Two and have won three of their last five, while Bury have recorded four victories on the spin.

It’s a battle of the top scorers in the division as well with these sides the only two to have hit 50 goals so far this term.

Stevenage v Forest Green Rovers

After Lincoln, Forest Green are next up for Notts so Saturday’s events at the Lamex Stadium will be of interest too.

Rovers have surprised everyone with their sustained push for the play-offs and they sit in sixth with just five defeats all season.

Stevenage, meanwhile, are two points outside the top seven and have won four of their last six matches.

Mansfield Town vs Tranmere Rovers

Mansfield will be looking for a win to cement their spot in the automatic promotion places and will climb to second with victory, at least for a couple of hours.

The Stags have lost just three games all season but two of those have been since the turn of the year.

Tranmere have enjoyed their return to the EFL and sit in tenth, just four points outside the play-offs.

They’ve only won two of their last six so will hope for victory at the One Call Stadium to put the pressure on those in the top seven.


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