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Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 17 preview

2 November 2018

Last weekend saw the top three sides all drop points as the unpredictable nature of Sky Bet League Two continued. This weekend’s clashes promise more fascinating encounters across the grounds once again with just six points separating the top six sides. 

Impressive home form to continue for Rovers?

Tranmere Rovers' 5-1 win against Crawley Town on Matchday 16 was arguably the stand performance in the EFL. The home side were excellent and the goal they conceded last week was the only one against them in their last three home games, all of which have been victories. Rovers have lost just one game in eight games at home in total.  

This week they entertain a third placed Exeter City side who will be hoping to get back to winning ways having not done so in the last two. The last outing between the sides ended a run of seven meetings without a win for Exeter, when the Grecians took all three points in 2014. 

Tranmere’s James Norwood is in red hot form and Exeter will have to keep him quiet if they are to leave with all three points. After his double last weekend, the League Two top scorer has 10 goals this season - 43% of Rovers’ total goals for the 18/19 campaign. 


Can leaders Lincoln City get back to winning ways?

Having gone unbeaten in their first 13 league games this season, top of the league Lincoln City welcome an in-form Forest Green Rovers to Sincil Bank as the hosts look to secure three points, having not done so in their last three outings. 

The visitors have enjoyed better fortunes of late and having gone to third placed Exeter City and winning last time out, by 2-1, they will be confident of repeating the feat again. 


Keith Curle’s Northampton Town redemption to continue? 

Their third win in four games last weekend has seen Curle’s Cobblers enjoy a change of fortunes over the last month. After securing three points playing with 10 men for the majority of the game last weekend, they will be confident of continuing their climb up the table against Crewe Alexandra.  

The visitors have picked up just the one win in their last eight games on the road and have failed to score in five of those games. Northampton are looking to win three games in a row for the first time since January (in Sky Bet League One last season) and a win for Curle’s side on Saturay would take them above Crewe in the league standings. 


Mansfield on the march 

Their 3-0 win away at Crewe on Tuesday saw the stags move up to ninth in the table and they are now only three points outside the play-off places, as they get ready to travel to struggling Cheltenham Town tomorrow. 

The draw specialists of the league have only actually lost one league game in their last 20 games in total and are unbeaten in eight, keeping five clean sheets along the way. 


Around the grounds

Milton Keynes Dons sit just two points off the top and face a tough test against Crawley this weekend. MK Dons have lost only one of their first 16 league games for the first time ever and will be hopeful of continuing that record tomorrow. 

Despite their heavy defeat to Tranmere Rovers, the home side are unbeaten in seven at home and their striker Ollie Palmer has been among the goals this season with 9 goals, sitting just one behind Tranmere’s James Norwood. 

Colchester United are another of the in-form sides going into the weekend and they entertain Swindon Town, who are looking for their first back to back wins of the season. 


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