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Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 21 preview

16 December 2016

A full schedule of Sky Bet League Two fixtures awaits this Saturday, with Doncaster Rovers able to claim top spot in the day's early kick-off.

If all goes to plan for Rovers against Grimsby on Saturday lunchtime, then all eyes will be on Plymouth and Carlisle to move above Darren Ferguson's side. The Pilgrims, currently top, travel to 22nd-placed Accrington Stanley who are without a win in seven matches. The Cumbrians face a tough test at home against Yeovil, who have lost just one of their previous nine.

The Play-Off spots could be all change by the end of play on Saturday afternoon, Barnet, Cambridge, and Yeovil all currently sit outside the top seven but know victories this weekend against Stevenage, Crewe, and Carlisle could make for a reshuffle.

Newport and Cheltenham occupy the bottom two places, and both are on three-match losing streaks. The Exiles face an away trip to Crawley, whilst Gary Johnson's Robins are also on the road against Morecambe. Leyton Orient sit just three points above the drop zone, and face a tough test against a Wycombe Wanderers side who have won their last five.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 21 fixtures

Saturday 17th December (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Accrington Stanley v Plymouth Argyle
Barnet v Stevenage
Blackpool v Luton Town
Cambridge United v Crewe Alexandra
Carlisle United v Yeovil Town
Colchester United v Notts County
Crawley Town v Newport County
Doncaster Rovers v Grimsby Town (12:30pm kick-off)
Exeter City v Mansfield Town
Morecambe v Cheltenham Town
Portsmouth v Hartlepool United
Wycombe Wanderers v Leyton Orient

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Five facts

1. Doncaster Rovers and Grimsby Town haven't played each other in an EFL fixture since the turn of the millennium. The last league meeting between the pair was a 2-1 triumph for the Mariners in 1990, and over 4000 travelling fans will make the journey to the Keepmoat Stadium.

2. The fixture between Cambridge United and Crewe Alexandra this weekend is the 25th meeting between the pairing. The Railwaymen have won the previous four match-ups, netting 13 goals along the way.

3. Hartlepool have only ever defeated Portsmouth once in 12 meetings, and that was away from home on 26th January 2013. The sides have met seven times since, with Pools failing to find the net in any of those matches.

4. Wycombe Wanderers and Leyton Orient have played each other 17 times in the two clubs' history and are yet to play out a goalless draw. In fact, the spoils have been shared just once - and that was a 1-1 at Orient last term.

5. Exeter City and Mansfield Town don't seem to like playing host to each other. The home side in the clash between the pairing is without a win since August 1999 - they've met 11 times since.

From the dugout

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