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Matchday 22: Sky Bet League Two preview

13 December 2018

With just two points separating the top two and those side in the play-off spots, there's everything to play for on Matchday 22 in Sky Bet League Two

Local rivals clash at Boundary Park 


Oldham have lost just one of their last seven league games against local rivals Bury and they go in to this one on Saturday on a run of five league games without defeat against the Shakers. 


But the visitors are sitting pretty in 4th spot and have only lost once in their last 12 league games and have won on three of their last five visits to Boundary Park. Another win here could lift them in to the automatic promotion places. 


Home debut for Sol


Macclesfield Town narrowly lost at Colchester United last time out but won the previous two home matches and new manager Sol Campbell will be confident his side can take the points against a side struggling for form on the road. 


Crawley Town travel to Moss Rose this weekend having lost all of their previous five league games away from home. 


Amazingly, a quarter of Macclesfield’s goals this season have come from the penalty spot – the highest percentage of any side in Sky Bet League Two. 


Fantastic four for Swindon - or Grimsby? 


Swindon Town travel to Grimsby Town this weekend with new manager Richie Wellens making a great start to proceedings as the new Robins boss. His side won for the third consecutive league game last week and if they are to make it four in a row tomorrow, they’ll have to do so for the first time in over four years. Not since 2016 have they won four matches on the spin. 


But the record books are stacked against them as they have only won once on their last 14 league visits to Grimsby – who themselves are enjoying a run of three straight wins. 


There’s not been a draw in this fixture in any of the 10 matches between them – will tomorrow be the first one? 


Can Morecambe cause an upset at Lincoln? 


2nd placed Lincoln City have lost just once in their last 15 matches and face a Morecambe side this weekend who have only won once against the Imps in their previous seven visits to Lincoln.  


But the Shrimps have improved of late on the road and have taken three victories from their last six games away from home. However, the home side will be confident they can avoid any upsets happening here – especially if they start well - they’ve scored seven goals this season in the first 15 minutes of games! 


Contrast of fortunes at the New Lawn


Mansfield Town’s staggering run continues at a pace and their run of having only suffered one defeat, has been stretched to 25 games. It's a run that sees them sit just three points outside the automatic promotion places. 


Forest Green Rovers, by contrast, have lost their last two matches at the New Lawn and in the process have not been able to score a goal in either of their last two games on home soil. 


Around the grounds


Exeter City are without a victory in their previous eight games after winning five of their previous seven. They’ll be hopeful they can turn their recent wretched form around against a Crewe Alexandra side who have won just once in ten league games away from home. 


The leaders MK Dons will be favourites when they travel to Newport County this weekend, but face a tricky test against a side who have only lost once in their 13 matches at home this season. 


Keith Curle’s resurgence of Northampton Town has rightly won him recognition across the EFL and his team will be looking to make it six wins from the last seven matches against Stevenage this weekend. The Cobblers are unbeaten in their last six at home too. 


Notts County will likely have to shut out Tranmere Rovers’ James Norwood if they are to stop the visitors taking the points this weekend. The Rovers striker has seven goals in his last six games and is the league’s top scorer with 15. 


Port Vale will be hoping to win just their second match in seven league games when they entertain Cheltenham Town – who are in decent form, having won three of their last four league matches. 

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