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Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 18 Preview

15 November 2018

With a break in proceedings last week, Sky Bet League Two is back and as always drama is set to unfold on Matchday 18...

In form U’s travel to Newport

Third place Colchester United travel to fellow promotion rivals Newport County tomorrow in what should be a brilliant battle at the top of the table.  

The U’s have a good record against their hosts, who haven’t beaten them for over 30 years in the EFL. Colchester are in good form with four wins from their last five, of which their resolute defence has played a key part, having only conceded one goal. 

But Newport themselves have had a steely resilience about them and are a tough nut to crack at home – they have only lost the once in their last 11 home games. A win for the home side and they will go above Colchester in the table. It all makes for what should hopefully be a cracker on Saturday! 

 

Mansfield Town on the March – but can they overturn poor Port Vale record?

The Stags are in brilliant form at the moment with just the one defeat in their last 22 league outings. This weekend they face a Port Vale side at the One Call Stadium, who are unbeaten in their last four trips there, going all the way back to nearly 30 years ago, in December 1988.

Vale have been solid at the back this season too and have only conceded two goals in their last four away games. A win for Mansfield though would consolidate their position in the play-off spots where just three points separate 7th and 3rd - in the battle for automatic promotion. 

 

MK Dons to go top?

MK Dons haven’t lost at home this season and will be very confident of notching another win this weekend when they welcome Macclesfield Town to Stadium MK. 

A win for the Dons would see them knock Lincoln City off top spot, with the Imps out of action this weekend. Their current run of games, nine without defeat, is the second best in their entire history. Only their run of 12 games without defeat in 2015 has been better. 

The visitors meanwhile are enduring a difficult campaign to date. Rooted to the foot of the table, only Bradford City in Sky Bet League One have lost more games.

It may be seen as a major upset if they were to pick up the three points this Saturday, but football can certainly deliver unpredictable moments.

 

Can Morecambe break Forest Green unbeaten home record?

Another of the unbeaten sides on their own patch this season are Forest Green Rovers. Having won eight and drawn just two of their opening 10 games at the New Lawn, they will hope to continue that run when they welcome Morecambe on Saturday. 

The visitors are travelling well and are unbeaten on the road in their last four. In Rhys Oates, they have a player in a rich vein of form, with three of his five for the season all coming via impressive strikes from outside the box. 

 

Can Curle’s Northampton keep the Grecians at bay? 

Keith Curle has transformed Northampton Town’s season and the Cobblers are currently on a run that has lifted them up the table, with three straight league victories. 

This weekend they travel to Exeter City, who despite starting the season in fine form are without a win in their last four league games. The Cobblers have a brilliant record at St James Park as well – with just the one defeat in their last ten visits there. 

Exeter could climb back in to the automatic promotion places with a win, but such is the transformation that Curle has masterminded, this one won’t be straightforward for the Grecians. 

 

‘Like winning the Lottery’

Richie Wellens described the feeling he had when he was given the job as Swindon Town manager as ‘like winning the Lottery’. He will be hoping to be a winner on Saturday as he looks to transform the fortunes of his side when they face Carlisle United at the County Ground.

The home side are without a win in six and scoring has been their main issue with just three goals in that period. However, Carlisle have only won once in their 20 trips to Swindon.

 

Around the grounds

Elsewhere, Crawley Town look to improve upon their recent poor form, having shipped nine goals in their last two outings. They travel to Grimsby Town who have improved in recent times, especially at the back, and haven’t conceded at Blundell Park in their last three games. 

Tranmere Rovers have been scoring for fun of late and they will hope to continue their impressive recent form as they travel to Crewe Alexandra at the weekend. A win for the visitors could well see them finish the day in the top three promotion places. 

A new era will also get underway at Notts County, post Harry Kewell, as the home side welcome fellow strugglers Cheltenham Town this weekend, with Steve Chettle taking temporary charge at Meadow Lane. 


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