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Sky Bet League 2 weekend preview

29 August 2014

Saturday 30th August

AFC Wimbledon v Stevenage

The Dons: Lost for their first game of the season last time out, going down 2-1 at home to Hartlepool United. That defeat came after a draw and two wins.

Boro: Started the season by beating Hartlepool but have lost twice and drawn once since. They let a lead go last weekend to lose 3-1 to Wycombe.

On the road woes: Stevenage haven't won an away game in eight outings, since a 3-2 victory at Bradford City in Sky Bet League 1 in early March.

Bury v Accrington Stanley

The Shakers: Have reacted well to opening-day disappointment by winning two and drawing once, to sit seventh. They won 3-0 against Stanley the last time the two sides met at the JD Stadium.

Stanley: Finally got off the mark last time out with a 2-2 draw against Luton, despite holding a 2-0 lead. They've conceded nine times in four matches - the most in the division.

Cambridge United v Carlisle United

The U's: An inconsistent start to their maiden voyage back in The League has seen them win once, draw once and lose twice. Their only victory came on the first day at home to Plymouth.

The Cumbrians: Yet to win on their return to League 2 after relegation last term. They lost their first two but have drawn their most recent two, against Cheltenham and Southend.

Undefeated: Cambridge are unbeaten in six meetings against Carlisle, stretching back to February 1997. They haven't met for over 10 years, though.

Cheltenham Town v Hartlepool United

The Robins: Sit third after three wins from their first four. They came from 2-0 down to beat Tranmere 3-2 last time out and that will give them further momentum.

Pools: Last weekend's 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon will be a relief after three defeats in their first three without scoring a goal. The future of striker Luke James remains unclear.

Just the two: Hartlepool have only got the better of Cheltenham twice over their 14 meetings.

Mansfield Town v Burton Albion

The Stags: Two wins and two defeats to show for their first four outings. Manager Paul Cox has revealed Sam Clucas won't be joining Chesterfield.

The Brewers: Come into the weekend after dumping QPR out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night. In the League, only Newport have stopped them recording maximum points and that was last weekend when the sides drew 1-1.

Fifth time lucky: In their four meetings so far, Mansfield have never come out on top. In fact, they are yet to score a goal against Burton.

Northampton Town v Exeter City

The Cobblers: Have struggled since an opening-day win against Mansfield. Rescued 1-1 draws with late goals against both York and Shrewsbury, and lost to Portsmouth. Defeated 3-0 in midweek at Bournemouth in the Cup.

The Grecians: Are yet to win after two draws and two defeats - both losses coming on the road. They will take confidence from the fact they won on their last visit to Sixfields. Goalkeeper Christy Pym and midfielder Matt Grimes have been called up by England Under-20s.

Not you again: This will be the 107th meeting between Northampton and Exeter. Their first clash took place in December 1920.

Oxford United v Dagenham & Redbridge

The U's: They've lost their first four, which has resulted in them breaking a club record of eight straight League defeats, either side of summer. Prop up the table and have scored just once so far. Pushed West Brom all the way in the Cup in midweek, eventually losing on penalties.

The Daggers: Started with two defeats but have since recorded two morale-boosting 2-0 wins. Abu Ogogo has been a key figure, scoring a goal in each of those two victories.

Plymouth Argyle v Southend United

The Pilgrims: Have four points on the board after four games, courtesy of a sole win and a draw. Their only victory so far came at home against rivals Exeter, who they beat 3-0.

The Blues: Started brightly with two wins in two but have since lost and drawn. They edge the head-to-head record against Plymouth 24-23.

Serial stalemate: Five of the last six meetings between these clubs in Plymouth have ended level. Southend haven't won at Plymouth since 1999, seven visits ago.

Portsmouth v Newport County

Pompey: Second in the table after three successive wins, most recently against Oxford. They are unbeaten in 12 in The League under Andy Awford but lost 3-0 in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

The Exiles: Off the mark with points following last weekend's 1-1 draw with Burton, which came after three straight losses. They haven't been helped by the news Rene Howe has picked up a serious injury.

Head-to-head: This will be just the fourth meeting between these two. It's 1-1 in League wins, while Newport won their Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash last term.

Shrewsbury Town v Luton Town

The Shrews: Like Burton, did Sky Bet League 2 proud on Tuesday night, overcoming top-flight Leicester City in the Capital One Cup. Two wins and two draws in League 2 has left them sixth.

The Hatters: Came from 2-0 down to rescue a point at Accrington last weekend. That was their second draw of the season, alongside a win and a loss. They have a good record against Shrewsbury, winning 11 of their 20 meetings, compared to the Shrews' five victories.

Tranmere Rovers v Morecambe

Rovers: An inconsistent start sees them sit on four points after two defeats, a draw and a win. Would be a lot higher had they not surrendered leads late on against both Shrewsbury and Cheltenham.

The Shrimps: The only Football League side with a 100 per cent record after four matches. Jim Bentley is working wonders and his team are working hard. Signed Joe Widdowson on a two-month loan from Bury to replace Laurence Wilson who has picked up an injury.

A first: This will be the first league meeting between Tranmere and Morecambe. Their previous two clashes have come in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

York City v Wycombe Wanderers

The Minstermen: Can't stop drawing. They are the only Football league team to draw all four of their opening matches. They drew five on the spin last season.

The Chairboys: Have won three of four so far, a defeat to Tranmere their only blemish. They've netted eight goals, which is bettered by only leaders Morecambe and Shrewsbury.

 

All games are 3pm kick-offs unless stated.


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