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Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 16 preview

11 November 2016

Newport County and Carlisle United get the Sky Bet League Two weekend under way in Saturday's early kick-off.

Keith Curle, October's Manager of the Month, takes his unbeaten Cumbrians to the division's bottom club, although the Exiles grabbed their first three-point haul under Graham Westley in their last EFL outing.

The rest of the action begins at 3pm, including league leaders Plymouth Argyle. The Pilgrims, who could be just a point clear by kick-off dependent on the earlier result, travel to Crewe on the back of a 13-game undefeated streak.

Elsewhere, Marcus Bignot takes charge of his first game at the helm of Grimsby Town. The former Solihull Moors boss, who was appointed Mariners manager in midweek, sees his new side take on Barnet at Blundell Park.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 16 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Saturday 12th November 2016

Blackpool v Notts County
Colchester United v Leyton Orient
Crawley Town v Cambridge United
Crewe Alexandra v Plymouth Argyle
Exeter City v Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town v Barnet
Hartlepool United v Cheltenham Town
Luton Town v Accrington Stanley
Newport County v Carlisle United (1pm)
Portsmouth v Mansfield Town
Stevenage v Yeovil Town
Wycombe Wanderers v Morecambe   

Referees: Click here for the match officials on duty

Five facts

1. Four games. Four wins. Newport have had the better of Carlisle since their inaugural encounter in November 2014. The Cumbrians will have to stop the rot if they are to extend their 15-game unbeaten start to the season.

2. Blackpool and Notts County meet for the first time since the 2003/04 season. The Magpies' last success at Bloomfield Road came in 1988, failing to win in the seven matches since.

3. You have to go even further back to find the last EFL meeting between Exeter and Doncaster. That was a 5-1 win for the Grecians in 1998, with current boss Paul Tisdale lining up in midfield.

4. Of the nine previous meetings between Portsmouth and Mansfield, six have finished all square. All four of the Fratton Park showdowns have seen the spoils shared.

5. The first time Stevenage hosted Yeovil, they ran out 2-1 winners. They've failed to repeat that feat in eight home outings since, and haven't scored past the Glovers at the Lamex Stadium in the last three.

From the dugout

Social media

.@OmarBogle9 and @rhysbrowne1 made a surprise visit to @GTSETFutsal this afternoon.

— Grimsby Town FC (@officialgtfc) November 10, 2016

Fans of #crewealex & @Only1Argyle are asked to enter the Alex Stadium a bit earlier on Sat in preparation for remembrance,

— Crewe Alexandra F.C. (@crewealexfc) November 10, 2016

Limited Edition Poppy Balls to be used in Sky Bet League One and Two this weekend #SkyBetPoppyAuction -

— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) November 10, 2016

POLL: Vote for your #LOFC Goal of the Month for October -

— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) November 10, 2016

Vote for the U's as we go head-to-head with @theposhofficial for the best #ChristmasJumper here!

— Cambridge United FC (@CambridgeUtdFC) November 10, 2016

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