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York City v Plymouth Argyle: Jackie McNamara faces table-toppers in first Sky Bet League 2 game

13 November 2015

York City face Sky Bet League 2 leaders Plymouth Argyle this weekend, in what will be new manager Jackie McNamara's first league game in charge of the Minstermen.

He takes over with the club lying 22nd in the table, and just three points clear of the relegation zone. Plymouth, meanwhile, are flying at the summit having won six of their last seven games.

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Both teams were unsuccessful in getting to the Area Semi-Finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek, and a return to league action after a two-week break provides both with the chance to move on from those defeats.

York looking to stretch unbeaten run to six against Pilgrims

Despite sitting 21 places below Plymouth, York have a favourable record against them in recent times.

The Minstermen haven't lost to Argyle in any of their last five meetings, winning two and drawing three. The last time the south coast club emerged victorious was in 2012, when they won 2-0 at Home Park.

Plymouth looking to stretch their lead at the top

Plymouth go into the fixture with a five-point cushion at the top of League 2 with 35 points, currently setting the pace ahead of Oxford United – who face Cambridge United this weekend - and Portsmouth.

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Argyle's last outing was a 2-0 win over Morecambe on Halloween, and Derek Adams' side have now lost just one of their last 10 Sky Bet League 2 matches. That came against closest challengers Oxford in mid-October, but they've recovered well to win their last two games.

It's a rather different story for weekend opponents York, who haven't managed a win in their last 10 game, and have only triumphed twice in Sky Bet League 2 all season.

You can follow the progress of York versus Plymouth on our divisional Twitter feed this weekend, via @SkyBetLeague2.

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