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Sky Bet League 2 weekend preview

24 January 2014

Accrington Stanley v Bury

It's 18th against 19th in Lancashire this weekend with Accrington Stanley hosting Bury.

Stanley are the higher of the two with 29 points and they come into this game having won 2-1 at Cheltenham Town last time out. James Beattie's men have lost just once in six but have only triumphed in three of their 14 home matches.

Bury's steady improvement under David Flitcroft continued with a respectable goalless draw with Burton Albion last weekend. The Shakers haven't travelled well this term, chalking up nine points from their 12 away games.

AFC Wimbledon v Exeter City

AFC Wimbledon and Exeter City also sit side-by-side in the Sky Bet League 2 standings head of their clash on Saturday.

The pair are level on points in mid-table but Exeter have collected six points from their last six outings, while the Wombles have only managed to notch five.

The Grecians have scored two goals in all four of their previous meetings with Wimbledon, winning three and drawing once. The reverse fixture ended 2-0 in their favour, with striker John O'Flynn at the double.

Bristol Rovers v Newport County

Newport County are one place below the Play-Offs and they visit Bristol Rovers, who are just above the bottom two.

The Exiles are eighth but trail Oxford United, who occupy the lowest Play-Off berth, by four points having played a game fewer. They're winless in three but overcame Rovers 1-0 in the reverse meeting, which was the first ever encounter between these two.

John Ward's men were held to a 0-0 draw by York City last time out, and that came after a morale-boosting 2-1 win against Exeter. They are only a single point above the drop zone.

Burton Albion v Fleetwood Town

Burton Albion and Fleetwood Town meet for the fourth time this season on Saturday.

The pair had only ever clashed twice before this term, with a win apiece, but Burton are yet to lose to the Cod Army this season - winning the reverse league match 3-2 and triumphing 1-0 in an FA Cup replay after an initial 1-1 draw.

Both clubs have collected 12 points from their last six but Burton are the higher, in third, having not lost for 10 league games. Sixth-placed Fleetwood have won three on the bounce.

Dagenham and Redbridge v Scunthorpe United

Sky Bet League 2 table-toppers Scunthorpe United are on the road to Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Iron were held by AFC Wimbledon last time out but they are unbeaten in 10 matches and lead the way by one point heading into the weekend's matches.

Dagenham are the division's out-of-form team with five defeats in seven. During that period, they've scored only four goals. The reverse fixture between these two ended 1-1, and that was their first ever encounter.

Hartlepool United v York City

Hartlepool United and York City are certainly no strangers, as they clash for the 95th time on Saturday.

The travelling Minstermen hold the upper hand in the head-to-head record with 43 wins compared to Hartlepool's 36. The other 29 have ended level, including the three most recent meetings which all finished with a 0-0 scoreline.

Pools have struggled of late, losing their last three, while York continue to climb the Sky Bet League 2 standings. They are now 13th after three wins and a draw in their last four.

Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers continue to slide down the table and they are at Mansfield Town this weekend.

The Chairboys have only registered seven points from a possible 30 and that has seen them fall to within two points of the bottom two.

Mansfield are only a couple of points better off but have lost just once in five, and overcame Wycombe 1-0 in the reverse fixture. The overall head-to-head record between these two reads five wins apiece with five draws.

Morecambe v Portsmouth

Morecambe and Portsmouth have both drawn their most recent two outings and they lock horns at the Globe Arena.

Jim Bentley's men have been held by Torquay and Wycombe, while Portsmouth have shared the points with Oxford and Mansfield.

The pair met for the first time ever earlier this season, with lowly Pompey, who are two points above the relegation zone, running out comfortable 3-0 winners. Morecambe trail the Play-Offs by five points.

Northampton Town v Chesterfield

Northampton Town remain rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet League 2 table and they host Chesterfield, who they are winless against in seven meetings.

A Simon Cox goal gave the Cobblers their most recent win against Chesterfield, in April 2007, and they've only won once in six coming into this game.

Chesterfield are flying high in fourth but were pegged back from two goals up to draw 2-2 with Rochdale in midweek. They remain three points off the summit.

Oxford United v Torquay United

Oxford United returned to winning ways last weekend and they now entertain Torquay United.

The U's recorded a narrow victory at Wycombe in their most recent fixture, ending a run of four winless matches and maintaining their place in the Play-Offs.

Torquay's game was postponed last weekend, meaning Chris Hargreaves - a former Oxford United player - remains unbeaten as Gulls manager.

Chris Hargreaves, pictured here during his Oxford days, guided Torquay to a win against AFC Wimbledon in his first match as manager

Plymouth Argyle v Cheltenham Town

Plymouth Argyle in 11th welcome the visit of 12th-placed Cheltenham Town.

Despite their healthy league positions, both were on the end of defeats last weekend - the Pilgrims went down 3-0 to Rochdale, while the Robins lost 2-1 at home to Accrington, which was their third defeat in as many matches.

Plymouth are unbeaten in three against Cheltenham and have recorded six wins from 13 at Home Park so far - the ninth best home record. Cheltenham have the ninth best away form, with 18 points collected from 11 trips.

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