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Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 27 preview

20 January 2017

All 24 Sky Bet League Two clubs are in action at 3pm this Saturday, and Hartlepool United have a new manager at the club.

Dave Jones returned to management this week for the first time since 2013, but Sam Collins will be in charge for their home clash with Stevenage this weekend.

Kevin Nolan and Dave Artell both face first tests on the road with their new clubs – Nolan takes Notts County to Grimsby Town, while Artell's Crewe Alexandra visit table-topping Doncaster Rovers.

The chasing pack behind Rovers – Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United and Portsmouth – are all away from home, while Wycombe Wanderers meet Luton Town in a battle between fifth and sixth.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 27 fixtures (3pm kick-offs)

Saturday 21st January 2017

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

Referees: Click here to see the match officials on duty

Five facts

1. Cambridge have picked up back-to-back EFL clean sheets, while Mansfield have managed four in all competitions – and the two previous meetings between the clubs have finished goalless.

2. Plymouth have won five of their last seven matches against Cheltenham, with the other two drawn. The last three have gone the Pilgrims' way with maximum points, seven goals scored and zero conceded.

3. Portsmouth have won three of the five clashes between themselves and Crawley 3-0, including the reverse fixture at the beginning on September.

4. This weekend's fixture between Doncaster and Crewe brings up a century of meetings. Rovers have won 41 to Crewe's 32, with the spoils shared on 26 occasions.

5. Hartlepool are yet to beat Stevenage in 10 meetings between the two. It's seven in a row for Boro, who thumped Pools 6-1 in September's reverse fixture.

From the dugout

Social media

BREAKING: Hartlepool United are proud to announce Dave Jones as the Club's new Manager. Full story...

— Hartlepool United FC (@Official_HUFC) January 18, 2017

NEW SIGNING! The Hatters agree to pay @BarnetFC an undisclosed fee for Malta international winger Luke Gambin

— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) January 16, 2017

17048 at Home Park this evening (2456 Reds) - thank you for your magnificent support

— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Only1Argyle) January 18, 2017

Anyone remember what happened when we last played our upcoming opponents?

— StevenageFC Official (@StevenageFC) January 18, 2017

And @ConorChaplin19 also makes the Team of the Week for all three @EFL divisions #pompey

— Portsmouth FC (@officialpompey) January 16, 2017

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