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Preview: Sky Bet League Two – Matchday 5

24 August 2018

Another weekend of Sky Bet League Two action is upon us, and here's the preview...

Tis the season

Paul Tisdale departed Exeter City in the summer to take up managerial duties at Milton Keynes Dons, and Matchday 5 will see him face off against his former employers for the first time.

Both clubs have made unbeaten starts, with the Dons winning two and drawing two so far, but the Grecians are top of the table with 10 points from a possible 12 under new boss Matt Taylor.

However, recent history doesn’t favour the visitors. Exeter are yet to get the better of MK Dons in any competition over the years, losing six of the eight meetings. Will Taylor be able to something Tisdale couldn’t?

Cheltenham change

Cheltenham Town earned their first point of the new season in midweek, earning a 1-1 draw at newly promoted Macclesfield Town, but that wasn’t enough to keep Gary Johnson in the job.

Johnson, who successfully guided the Robins back to the EFL in 2015/16, was the ninth longest-serving manager in the EFL before Tuesday night’s Whaddon Road departure, but it’s now up to caretaker boss Russ Milton to help the club pick up three points this weekend.

They face a trip to Cambridge United where the pair played out a seven-goal thriller as recently as April, and it was the U’s who came out on top that day. In fact, Cheltenham have won just once in their six visits to the Abbey Stadium.

Around the grounds

Lincoln City and Notts County were among the bookies’ favourites for promotion and they meet at Sincil Bank. While the Imps are second and unbeaten, Kevin Nolan’s men are rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point to their name.

Colchester United hit Crewe Alexandra for six in midweek and Northampton Town visit Essex on Saturday in search of a first three-point haul. Macclesfield welcome Mansfield Town in another match between a winless side and an unbeaten outfit.

Of the other unbeaten sides, Forest Green Rovers play host to Swindon Town, while Stevenage — currently third in the table — make the trip down to Somerset to take on Yeovil Town.

Saturday 25 August (3pm kick-off)

Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town
Carlisle United v Crewe Alexandra
Colchester United v Northampton Town
Crawley Town v Bury
Forest Green Rovers v Swindon Town
Lincoln City v Notts County
Macclesfield Town v Mansfield Town
Milton Keynes Dons v Exeter City
Morecambe v Oldham Athletic
Newport County v Grimsby Town
Tranmere Rovers v Port Vale
Yeovil Town v Stevenage

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