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Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 25 preview

28 December 2018

After a cracker on matchday 24, Sky Bet League Two is back with a bang and another exciting round of fixtures to wrap up 2018 in the EFL.


Can Carlisle keep their run going against rejuvenated Silkmen? 


Carlisle United have won each of their last three league games by an aggregate score of 13-2. They’ll be hoping to claim their fourth straight league victory when Macclesfield Town travel north to face the in-form Cumbrians. 


It won’t be straightforward for the hosts though and Sol Campbell has inspired his side to two league wins already in his short tenure and the Silkmen have won four in their last six games – as many victories as they achieved in their previous 51 games! 


But they’ll need to be at their best to get anything from this one and improving on their first half performances could be key. Campbell’s chargers have only scored six goals in the first half of games this season. 


Stockley back at it for Grecians – but can they beat in-form Grimsby? 


Grimsby Town travel to Exeter City tomorrow hoping to win there for the first time in seven visits. But they travel south in good form, having only lost one of their last seven league games. 


But their challenge has become harder, against an Exeter side that should feature a red-hot Jayden Stockley who’s scored four in his last two league games - more than he’d managed in his previous ten outings. 


His team’s form has coincided with his own too – the Grecians having won the last three on the bounce. They had only managed three previously in 10 league games. 


This one could go either way! 


Will anyone stop the super Stags?


Mansfield Town have lost just one of their last 27 league games and are unbeaten since a 1-2 defeat against Exeter City, all the way back in September. But are Swindon the team to halt their run? The Robins have only lost the one game against the Stags in their last 10 meetings at this level, Mansfield’s last victory was all the way back in 2006. 


But Mansfield boss David Flitcroft has yet to lose as a manager against his former side Swindon, winning two and drawing two of four previous clashes. His side went third with a win on Boxing Day and another here would help cement their promotion charge heading in to 2019. 


Can the top two get back in form? 

MK Dons have lost back to back away league games – they last lost three on the bounce away from home in April. Their test doesn’t get any easier either, as they travel to Northampton Town who are in form on their own patch having not lost at home since the 2October. 


The Dons remain four points off the top of the table having been unable to take advantage of Lincoln City’s slip up on Boxing Day. The Imps suffered a surprising defeat at Crewe Alexandra but will be confident of bouncing back at Cambridge United. They last lost there 23 years ago. 


But Cambridge are unbeaten in their last five league games at home, while Lincoln have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11, which makes this another intriguing match – one that could have an impact at the top and bottom of the table. 


Things looking green for Rovers


George Williams gift wrapped a Christmas hat-trick for Forest Green fans on Boxing Day meaning his

four goals in his last three games is more than he scored in his first 16 matches this season. 


It’s helped guide his side to three straight wins too and bang in contention for a play-off place. But they face a tough test this weekend when they travel to face an in-form Cheltenham Town, who have lost just one of eight games. 


Around the grounds


Colchester United are the only team yet to score a headed goal this season in Sky Bet League Two and have failed to score more than a single goal in each of their last eleven matches. Having lost their place in the top three with defeat at home to Stevenage on Boxing Day, they face Morecambe on their own patch. The Shrimps having lost their last three on the spin. 


Tranmere Rovers are unbeaten in seven home league games since a defeat to Newport County in September. Tomorrow’s visitors, Yeovil Town, have only beaten Tranmere once at Prenton Park in the last eight meetings. 


Elsewhere, Port Vale will hope to heap more misery on Oldham Athletic who are managerless after their 6-0 hammering at Carlisle United.  Notts County will have to win their second game in 13 matches if they are to beat Bury and give themselves a chance of getting off bottom spot. 


Newport County welcome Crawley Town hoping to stop a run of three straight league defeats and Stevenage are the visitors to Crewe Alexandra, with both teams on a high having got big wins on Boxing Day. 


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