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Sky Bet League 2 weekend preview

2 May 2014

Accrington Stanley v AFC Wimbledon

Accrington Stanley and AFC Wimbledon are separated by just a single point going into their last day meeting in Lancashire.

Stanley are the higher-placed of the two, in 16th with 54 points, while Wimbledon are 18th with 53 on the board.

James Beattie's side have the edge in the head-to-head record having never lost to the Wombles in any of their five previous meetings. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 but Stanley had won all four clashes prior to that.

Bristol Rovers v Mansfield Town

Bristol Rovers need a point to confirm their Football League safety and they are at home to Mansfield Town.

After their vital 2-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers last time out, Rovers are now three points above the drop zone. Despite their lowly position, the Gas have the division's ninth-best home form with 10 wins from 22, and only six defeats.

Mansfield are 13th and come into this match after two successive defeats. They are winless against Rovers in eight meetings with the reverse fixture at Field Mill ending 1-1.

Cheltenham Town v Dagenham and Redbridge

Cheltenham Town and Dagenham and Redbridge are another pair that could swap places in Sky Bet League 2 on the final day of the season.

The Daggers are the higher of the two in 12th with 57 points, just two ahead of 15th-placed Cheltenham.

Wayne Burnett's men have lost four of their past five and have only overcome Cheltenham once in eight clashes. Cheltenham have six wins in this encounter but have triumphed just once in their past five in League 2.

Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town

A win for table-toppers Chesterfield at home to Fleetwood Town would wrap up the Sky Bet League 2 title for the Spireites.

Paul Cook's men sit at the summit following back-to-back victories and, although they are level on points with second-placed Rochdale, their superior goal difference would be enough to seal the title, but only if they beat the Cod Army.

Graham Alexander's men will provide a tough challenge as they are fourth and head into the Play-Offs with momentum having gone seven matches unbeaten.

Hartlepool United v Exeter City

Hartlepool United and Exeter City have confirmed their places in League 2 for next season and they meet in the North East this weekend.

Pools are 17th and the Grecians are 20th, with a single point separating them, and have a stress-free final day after moving away from the relegation zone over recent weeks.

Colin Cooper's men have notched 10 victories at home - the third-best record in the division - while Exeter are 12th in the away form table. Hartlepool have won three of the past four meetings between these two.

Morecambe v Bury

Bury's form in the second half of the season has lifted them up to 10th in the division and they are away at Morecambe.

The Shakers were in the relegation battle earlier in the campaign but under the guidance of David Flitcroft they have improved vastly and are currently on a run of one defeat in nine.

Morecambe are safe after a 3-0 win at AFC Wimbledon last time out and that ended their nine-match wait for three points.

Newport County v Rochdale

Rochdale will be ready to pounce at the summit if Chesterfield slip up - the Dale are at Rodney Parade on Saturday to take on Newport County.

Keith Hill's side have won their past two outings but two defeats before that saw them lose their grip on top spot. They are level on points with the Spireites so just need to better their result to snatch the title.

Justin Edinburgh's Exiles are 14th having struggled in the second half of the campaign. They were fifth at the turn of the year now find themselves 14 points adrift of the Play-Offs.

Northampton Town v Oxford United

Chris Wilder's Northampton Town need just a point to confirm their place in The Football League next term as he welcomes his former club Oxford United to Sixfields.

The Cobblers moved out of the bottom two for the first time since September with a 3-0 win at Dagenham last time out and that put them three points ahead of Wycombe going into the last day.

Oxford were sixth when Wilder departed, seven points inside the Play-Offs. Their form has dramatically declined since and they are now eighth, seven points adrift of the top seven. They have lost seven of their past nine.

Portsmouth v Plymouth Argyle

Portsmouth are Sky Bet League 2's in-form team and they welcome Plymouth Argyle, who are one of the division's out-of-form teams, to Fratton Park.

Andy Awford has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortunes since taking caretaker charge, winning five on the spin before last weekend's draw to Bury, and he was installed as the permanent Pompey boss this week in addition to being named the division's Manager of the Month for April.

Plymouth looked set for a place in the Play-Offs just a few weeks ago but they have just one victory in eight, losing five of those, to slip 10 points off the pace of the top seven.

Scunthorpe United v York City

Scunthorpe United are still in with a shout of winning the Sky Bet League 2 title but they face a tough challenge in York City.

The third-placed Iron are a point behind both Rochdale and Chesterfield, with an inferior goal difference, so would require a victory and hope the two above them both lose.

York are the division's form team and will go into the Play-Offs with the wind in their sails. When the Minstermen lost to Bury on 29th December, they were 22nd. Now they are sixth after tasting just two defeats in 2014.

Southend United v Burton Albion

Southend United and Burton Albion could meet in the League 2 Play-Offs but, before that, they clash at Roots Hall on the final day.

If Southend, who currently sit seventh, win this one and York draw or lose to Scunthorpe, these two will finish sixth and fifth meaning they'll go against each other in the Play-Off Semi-Final.

The head-to-head record between the pair reads two wins for Southend and four victories for the Brewers, with one draw.

Torquay United v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers must win at already-relegated Torquay Untied to stand any change of preserving their Football League status.

A defeat to Bristol Rovers last time out, coupled with Northampton's victory, left the Chairboys three points behind the Cobblers and the Gas going into the final day. They must now beat the Gulls and hope either Northampton or Rovers lose.

They have won their past three matches against Torquay, including last season's game at Plainmoor, but Chris Hargreaves' men have won three in four despite their relegation being confirmed.

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