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Sky Bet League 2 midweek preview

16 September 2014

We look ahead to the midweek action in Sky Bet League 2

Tuesday 16th September 2014

AFC Wimbledon v Burton Albion

The Dons (15th – 8 points): Wimbledon host the league leaders, looking to end their winless streak of four games. Not even the division’s top scorer, Matt Tubbs, could prevent a 1-0 defeat at Accrington in their last match.

The Brewers (top – 19 points): Current leaders Burton have no fresh injury concerns and go into this fixture as the only team yet to suffer defeat in Sky Bet League 2 after overcoming York at the weekend.

Head-to-head: These two sides can’t be separated, with two draws and two wins each from the previous six meetings. Burton have failed to beat the Dons in the last three clashes though, their last victory being a 6-2 win back in August 2012.

Bury v Stevenage

The Shakers (third – 14 points): Bury have won their last two home games 2-1, against Plymouth and Accrington, and top scorer Danny Rose was amongst the goals again at the weekend, netting in their 3-0 victory at Carlisle United. Undefeated since the opening day.

Boro (12th – 10 points): Inconsistent Stevenage travel to Bury looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign after beating Shrewsbury 1-0 last time out. They will have to do so without injured duo Simon Walton and Jerome Okimo.

Home, sweet home: Five of the six previous meetings have seen the hosts score at least twice without falling to a defeat. There has only been one away win in the six previous meetings between the sides - Stevenage taking three points back in 2011.

Cambridge United v Exeter City

The U’s (sixth – 11 points): The league’s top scorers Cambridge held on in a five-goal thriller to overcome Dagenham & Redbridge in their last game, and the newly-promoted side will hope to extend their run of three games without a defeat.

The Grecians (23rd – three points): A 1-1 draw with Oxford at the weekend lifted Exeter of the bottom of the table, however they are yet to win and no player has netted more than one goal for the south coast club.

Out for revenge: These two sides haven’t met since May 2008, when Exeter recorded a 1-0 win at Wembley to secure promotion back to The Football League.

Cheltenham Town v Southend United

The Robins (fifth – 14 points): Mark Yates’ men will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season on Saturday. They will have to do without Koby Arthur, who has been recalled by parent club Birmingham City.

The Blues (eighth – 11 points): The Essex club ended a four-game winless run at the weekend - Barry Corr and Spurs loanee Shaq Coulthirst struck in a 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Saturday.

No home comforts: The hosts in this fixture haven’t won in four attempts, with Southend winning the last two encounters at Whaddon Road

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

The Stags (13th – nine points): Mansfield are the only side in Sky Bet League 2 yet to draw a match, with three wins and four defeats from their opening seven fixtures. They lost 2-1 at Wycombe last time out.

The Shrimps (second – 16 points): There are no signs of the Manager of the Month curse at Morecambe, where Jim Bentley’s side have a win and a draw so far in September to keep them flying high in Sky Bet League 2.

Everyone’s a winner: There have only been four meetings between the sides, with a winner on each occasion. Morecambe have the edge, with three victories to Mansfield’s one.

Northampton Town v Hartlepool United

The Cobblers (ninth – 11 points): Northampton dropped out of the Play-Off places after a 3-2 defeat at Newport at the weekend, and they will be without first-choice goalkeeper Matt Duke again. Striker Marc Richards has scored more goals (5) than their Tuesday night opponents this season.

Pools (20th – seven points): Hartlepool registered a 0-0 draw with Tranmere at the weekend - their second successive clean sheet. Ex-Middlesbrough man Stuart Parnaby is in contention for a return after a hamstring problem.

Travel sickness: The away side haven’t scored in this fixture in five matches, stretching back to February 2008.

Oxford United v Accrington Stanley

The U’s (22nd – three points): One of three winless clubs, Oxford have managed to stop the rot recently – three successive draws have taken them out of the relegation zone.

Stanley (21st – seven points): Two successive wins have taken Accrington clear from trouble; caretaker boss Paul Stephenson staked his claim for the job, guiding Stanley to a 1-0 win over Wimbledon in his first match in charge, which he dedicated to former boss James Beattie.

Can lightning strike twice? Accrington’s only success against Oxford came last season, as they earned a 2-1 win at the Kassam Stadium. Oxford hadn’t lost any of the previous nine meetings.

Plymouth Argyle v Wycombe Wanderers

The Pilgrims (10th – 10 points): Three wins, three defeats and one draw sees Argyle poised just outside the Play-Offs. They will be looking to get back to winning ways after falling to a late 2-1 defeat at Morecambe in their last game.

The Chairboys (fourth – 14 points): Wycombe came from behind to beat Mansfield 2-1 at the weekend, extending their unbeaten run to four games. Peter Murphy grabbed the winner, his fourth of the campaign. Wycombe have won all four games in which the midfielder has found the net.

On the road to glory: The visiting team in this fixture has come out on top on the last three occasions, keeping a clean sheet in the process. The last home victory came in the League Cup back in 2007, when Plymouth advanced with a 2-1 win.

Portsmouth v Dagenham & Redbridge

Pompey (11th – 10 points): Portsmouth have fallen to three successive defeats after their impressive start to the season, and have injury concerns over five players ahead of this match, including Jed Wallace and Ryan Taylor.

The Daggers (19th – seven points): Dagenham & Redbridge have lost their previous two fixtures, with manager Wayne Burnett less than pleased with their recent displays. They are still missing key man Zavon Hines, amongst others.

Third time lucky? Last season saw these sides meet for the first time, with Pompey coming out on top in both fixtures.

Shrewsbury Town v Carlisle United

The Shrews (seventh – 11 points):  Shrewsbury’s last two fixtures have been on the road, where they have failed to score a goal or pick up a point, so they will be hoping for a change in fortune as they return to Greenhous Meadow.

The Cumbrians (24th – three points): Managerless Carlisle have conceded more goals than any team in Sky Bet League 2, with 12 of those 17 goals coming in their last three fixtures.

Tight affair: The last three meetings between these sides came in League 1, all of which resulted in a draw. These last clashed in League 2 in 2006, with that game also ending up all square.

Tranmere Rovers v Newport County

Rovers (14th – eight points): Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Hartlepool was the first time Tranmere have been shut out this campaign, with Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Cole Stockton contributing three goals apiece so far.

The Exiles (17th – eight points): It’s four games unbeaten for the Welsh side, the most recent of which being the 3-2 win over Northampton. Three youth players have been promoted to the first team squad this week, but Justin Edinburgh will be happy with the side’s recent form.

Introduction: This is the first ever meeting between Tranmere and Newport.

York City v Luton Town

The Minstermen (16th – eight points): Draw specialists York have seen five of their seven matches end all square, and their unbeaten record stretching back 23 games came to an end against table-topping Burton at the weekend.

The Hatters (18th – eight points): Luton have been finding goals hard to come by, enduring a winless spell of five games following their opening-day victory. Mark Cullen’s winner over Plymouth at the weekend might just get them going, and new signing Nathan Doyle is in line to make his debut.

Different league: This is the first Football League clash between the two sides since the 2001/02 season. Despite getting the better of Luton during recent non-league meetings, York’s only win in The League came in the old Division Four, way back in March 1967.

All games are 7:45pm kick-offs unless stated

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