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Sky Bet League 2 midweek preview

22 October 2013

Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers

Accrington Stanley remain winless, rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet League 2 table, and host Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

James Beattie's men have four points and three of those have been collected in their last four matches, with draws coming against Plymouth Argyle, AFC Wimbledon and, most recently, Oxford United.

Bristol Rovers are without a victory in seven and have accumulated just two points from their six games on the road - the same amount of points Stanley have collected on home soil.

Burton Albion v Torquay United

Gary Rowett's Burton Albion host struggling Torquay United.

The Brewers were 2-0 victors against leaders Chesterfield on Saturday, while the Gulls drew 0-0 with Mansfield Town to extend their winless run to four matches.

The two clubs have met on 13 occasions with both notching five victories. Burton won the most recent encounter, 2-1 in January with Matt Paterson scoring a late winner.

Bury v Mansfield Town

Following their goalless draw with Torquay, Mansfield Town visit managerless Bury.

Paul Cox's Stags fell out of the Play-Offs, down to eighth, after that stalemate at the weekend and they are without a victory in three. Prior to those three games, they hadn't lost since the opening day.

The Shakers are struggling at the foot of the table and haven't gained a three-point haul since late August. They've lost five in seven since but are unbeaten against Mansfield in six, stretching back to February 2005.

Cheltenham Town v Morecambe

Cheltenham Town remain out of sorts and they entertain in-form Morecambe.

While the Robins have won three, drawn two and lost four in their last nine matches, Jim Bentley's Morecambe have accrued six wins and three draws, and that form sees them sitting sixth ahead of the midweek meeting at Whaddon Road.

Cheltenham led Rochdale 1-0 on Saturday but were cruelly denied any points as Ian Henderson hit a late brace for the Dale. That result left them 17th in the table on 12 points.

Rochdale's Ian Henderson scored two late goals to consign Cheltenham to defeat on Saturday

Chesterfield v York City

Chesterfield have experienced a dip in form but remain at the summit ahead of their home clash against York City.

The Spireites have lost three of their last four, after an unbeaten start to the season, and they are now ahead of Exeter City, in third, and second-placed Rochdale by goal difference only.

Nigel Worthington's Minstermen have lost four of their six games on the road, including Saturday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Newport County - a result that ended their three-match undefeated run.

Fleetwood Town v Scunthorpe United

Play-Off dwellers Fleetwood Town host mid-table Scunthorpe United in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.

The Cod Army are fifth but have just one victory in four, losing to Southend United 2-0 in their last outing, while the Iron are 13th and also lost last time out, 4-0 at home to Exeter City.

Fleetwood haven't found goals difficult to come by at home, scoring 13, the joint-best in the division. Scunthorpe have only won once on the road but have also been defeated just once, drawing their other three away games.

Hartlepool United v AFC Wimbledon

Hartlepool United seem to have finally found their rhythm this term and welcome Neal Ardley's AFC Wimbledon to the North East.

After a torrid start, Pools have lost just once in six with four of those encounters being victories, including their most recent three outings.

The Wombles' form is the opposite; they began brightly but haven't chalked up a there-point haul in four games.

Luke James scored the only goal of the game for Hartlepool against Plymouth on Saturday

Oxford United v Exeter City

Oxford United's inconsistent spell continued at the weekend and they welcome the visit of Exeter City.

The U's have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six but remain amongst the frontrunners of the division on 22 points.

Exeter are also amongst the pacesetters, a point and a place ahead of Oxford United, and come into Tuesday's fixture having thumped Scunthorpe United 4- 0 last time out.

Plymouth Argyle v Newport County

Justin Edinburgh takes his Newport County side to Home Park, where they face Plymouth Argyle.

The Exiles continue to impress on their return to the League and lie 10th after a 3-0 weekend triumph against York City. Only one of their five wins to date have come on the road, however.

Home Park hasn't necessarily been a happy hunting ground for 19th-placed Plymouth, who are winless in seven, with two wins, two draws and two losses coming in their six matches on home turf.

Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers moved into the Play-Off places over the weekend and now visit Portsmouth.

Gareth Ainsworth's Chairboys chalked up back-to-back wins by beating Bristol Rovers 1-0 on Saturday, a week after securing three points against Torquay, and that moved them onto 20 points and up to seventh.

Portsmouth look to have turned a corner after an inconsistent start and they are unbeaten in three. They overcame Rochdale 3-0 and drew with Plymouth, before beating struggling Bury last time out.

Rochdale v Northampton Town

It's second against second bottom at Spotland with Rochdale welcoming Northampton Town.

Keith Hill's Dale are second but have the same points total as table-topping Chesterfield, who they trail by just a single goal. Six of their last seven matches have yielded three points.

The Cobblers are in the relegation zone on goal difference. They travel to Rochdale having lost five of their six away games so far, finding the net just twice.

Southend United v Dagenham and Redbridge

Dagenham and Redbridge drew 2-2 with Northampton last time out, and now make the trip to meet Southend United.

The two clashed at Roots Hall in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy two weeks ago and, after a thrilling 90 minutes of action, the Daggers advanced with a 5-2 victory.

Dagenham have lost to Cheltenham and drawn with Northampton since that Trophy triumph, while Southend have record three league victories on the bounce.

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