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Matchday 21: Sky Bet League Two preview

7 December 2018

All eyes will be on Sol Campbell in his first Sky Bet League Two game in charge of Macclesfield Town, but there are intriguing encounters everywhere across matchday 21

Tough start for Sol


New Macclesfield Town manager Sol Campbell will be looking to guide his side to their third consecutive league victory when he takes charge of his first league match at Colchester United on Saturday. 


The Silkmen last won three league matches on the bounce over ten years ago and they have never won against Colchester United away from home. The U’s are very strong on their own patch too and have four wins from their last five league games. 


Campbell, who saw his team draw with Newcastle United U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday, will hope his team can continue to be strong at the back, with Town having not conceded a goal in their last two league outings.  


Game of the weekend at Gigg Lane? 


5th placed Bury entertain Exeter City at Gigg Lane hoping to continue their impressive form on their own patch – a run that has seen them lose just once in their last 11 matches. The Shakers have been in good scoring form too and striker Jay O‘Shea has netted four in his last four games. 


The Grecians have been on an awful run of late by comparison and are without a victory in their last seven matches despite starting the season strongly. However, despite their recent form, a win against Bury would lift them above their opponents in the table.


Curle’s Crawley record to continue? 


Northampton Town boss Keith Curle has yet to lose a league meeting with Crawley Town as a manager and he will hope the Cobblers can continue his unbeaten seven game record when they travel to the Broadfield Stadium. Crawley though have been strong at home this season and have tasted defeat on just one occasion in their last nine outings. 


Unbeaten stags on the march? 


You have to go back to 2005 for the last time a Notts County side beat Mansfield Town in the league and the odds are stacked against them heading in to this clash on Saturday. 


The Stags are in excellent form and without a defeat in 12 games. A run that has propelled them in to the play-off places. By stark contrast, Notts Copunty have achieved just one away victory in their last 11 matches and have conceded 25 goals in the process.  Can they cause an upset on Saturday? 


MK Dons to continue at the top? 


Unbeaten at home all season, MK Dons face another game which on paper they could be deemed favourites. However, it won’t be plain sailing for the league leaders as they entertain a Carlisle United side, who have only lost one match in their last seven.

Dons manager Paul Tisdale enjoys facing the Blues though and he has only lost on one of the seven times he’s faced them as manager. 

Around the grounds


2nd placed Lincoln City face a tricky test away at Stevenage with the hosts having only lost one of their previous seven at home, including a dramatic 3-2 win over MK Dons at home last time out. The Imps face the trip with just one win in their last six games, but remain only two points behind the leaders. 


It’s been a mixed start for new Swindon boss, Richie Wellens. His side have won their last two Sky Bet League Two encounters but fell foul to Woking who knocked them out of The FA Cup at the County Ground last weekend. They face Newport County there tomorrow though, hoping to win three league games in a row for the first time this season.


Top scorer James Norwood will fancy his chances of adding to his season’s tally when Tranmere Rovers take on Cambridge United at Prenton Park. However, the hosts will have to sure up at the back, having shipped a whopping nine goals in their last three games. Cambridge though haven’t beaten Tranmere on their home patch since 2002. 


Elsewhere on Saturday, Port Vale face Morecambe hoping to continue their recent good form away from home. Vale have kept three clean sheets in four games on the road and a win here could lift them in to the top half. 


Crewe Alexandra have been strong at home recently but face an Oldham Athletic side at the Alexandra Stadium, who have enjoyed a mini resurgence and are unbeaten in their last four league games. In the other games of the weekend, Cheltenham Town entertain Grimsby Town at Whaddon Road and Yeovil Town face Forest Green Rovers. 

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