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Sky Bet League 2 midweek preview

26 November 2013

Accrington Stanley v Fleetwood Town

Accrington Stanley's Sky Bet League 2 resurgence continued at the weekend and they welcome the visit of high-flying Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.

James Beattie's Stanley overcame Torquay United 2-1, after initially going a goal behind, and that stretched their unbeaten run to seven games. They've won four of their last five.

Fleetwood have triumphed in three of their last four, including on Saturday against Mansfield Town, who they overcame 5-4 in a thrilling encounter.

AFC Wimbledon v Dagenham and Redbridge

It's ninth against 10th at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with Dagenham and Redbridge on the road to AFC Wimbledon.

The Daggers are the higher of the two on 26 points, but it's Neal Ardley's men with the better form coming into the fixture - they are unbeaten in three.

The Wombles also have the advantage in the head-to-head record, with three wins in their four previous meetings. Their only other encounter ended level, meaning Dagenham and Redbridge will be looking for their first ever victory over AFC Wimbledon when the two sides meet.

Burton Albion v Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town will be in search of their first ever win against Burton Albion when they visit the Pirelli Stadium.

The Stags have only met the Brewers twice - during the 2008/09 Conference campaign - and Burton came out on top on both occasions, winning 1-0 at home before a 2-0 success at Field Mill.

Gary Rowett's men sit seventh in Sky Bet League 2, while Paul Cox's side have plummeted to 16th after four successive defeats, the most recent being a last-gasp 5-4 loss at Fleetwood. They're now winless in eight.

Antoni Sarcevic was the three-goal hero for Fleetwood when they consigned Mansfield to their fourth successive loss on Saturday

Bury v Hartlepool United

Lowly Bury are at home on Tuesday, against 12th-placed Hartlepool United.

The Shakers are 21st, just a point above the drop zone, and haven't won for three matches. Hartlepool are one of the division's form sides with four wins in six, and they were 2-0 victors against rock-bottom Northampton Town on Saturday.

Pools have won five of the last six meetings against Bury, including the most recent encounter in April, when they ran out 2-0 winners.

Cheltenham Town v Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers are another team precariously close to the Sky Bet League 2 relegation zone, and they travel to Cheltenham Town.

Like Bury, John Ward's Rovers are also just above the bottom two and they've collected only five points from their nine away matches to date.

Cheltenham are 17th and unbeaten in five. They are the division's home draw specialists with five of their nine games at Whaddon Road ending level.

Chesterfield v Northampton Town

Chesterfield are unbeaten in six games against Northampton Town and host the division's bottom club on Tuesday.

The Spireites' strong record against the Cobblers stretches back to April 2007, when Northampton triumphed 1-0 at Sixfields in League 1. The visitors haven't won at Chesterfield since January 1993.

Northampton prop up Sky Bet League 2 with just 13 points from their 17 games, while Chesterfield are second, and in with a shout of moving to the summit if they better Oxford's result.

Morecambe v York City

Morecambe and York City have both registered one win in their last six games respectively, and come together at the Globe Arena.

Over that six-match spell, the Shrimps have lost four times, against Cheltenham, Accrington, Rochdale and Oxford, and they've sunk to 11th.

York have collected three draws to go with their solitary victory in their most recent six but they're down in 19th after losing 2-1 to Southend United on Saturday.

Oxford United v Newport County

Top of the table Oxford United entertain Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off dwellers Newport County.

The U's were 3-0 winners at home to Morecambe on Saturday - their second victory on the spin - and that maintained their place at the summit, although that was only their third league victory at the Kassam Stadium this term.

Newport's home form has been red hot, with six wins from eight, but their away form is at the other end of the spectrum, with only one victory to date on their travels.

Portsmouth v Southend United

Portsmouth and Southend United will lock horns for the first time since March 1997 on Tuesday.

Pompey will be managerless for the fixture after Guy Whittingham's sacking on Monday. Andy Awford has been put in temporary charge of the inconsistent side, who have two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six.

Southend were winners in the most recent meeting between these two and Phil Brown's men come into this fixture on the back of three successive victories, which has left them fifth.

Guy Whittingham was dismissed from Fratton Park on Monday, with Portsmouth sitting 18th in Sky Bet League 2

Rochdale v Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe United, who are also without a permanent boss, were the most recent team to inflict a defeat on Portsmouth and they travel to third-placed Rochdale this time around.

Brian Laws had his contract with the Iron terminated last week and the team responded by overcoming Pompey 2-1 at Fratton Park under the stewardship of caretaker duo Russ Wilcox and Tony Daws.

Dale possess League 2's best home form with 22 points collected over their nine games at Spotland and they've scored 20 goals in that period. They've netted three goals in four of their last five matches on home soil.

Torquay United v Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle make the short trip to meet their Devon neighbours Torquay United.

The Pilgrims have climbed the table after a five-game unbeaten run and lie 14th ahead of their meeting with the Gulls, who they haven't got the better of since September 2001.

Torquay have triumphed in two of the five meetings since, while the other three have ended level. Alan Knill's side are in the relegation zone and possess the division's worst home record with only one three-pointer chalked up at Plainmoor.

Wycombe Wanderers v Exeter City

Out-of-form Exeter City are on the road to Adams Park to face Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers.

The Grecians are 13th after losing their four most recent outings, against Burton, Portsmouth, Southend and Rochdale. Wycombe are 15th and without a win in four - three of those have ended in defeat, including on Saturday against Chesterfield.

The two teams have already clashed this season, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and, on that night, Wycombe ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Matt McClure and Anthony Stewart.

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