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Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 19 preview

22 November 2018

It was goals galore across Sky Bet League Two last weekend and there were numerous candidates to have won Goal of the Weekend too. It was a brilliant round of matches and the action is unlikely to disappoint on Matchday 19 with a full fixture list in store…


Top of the table clash at Sincil Bank 

Mansfield Town travel to Lincoln City with just one defeat in their last 23 matches and without a defeat in their last four visits to Sincil Bank. 

But the Imps are strong at home themselves and have lost just once in their previous 14 home games and without a defeat there since early September. 

If the Stags are to conflict defeat on them for a second time this season, they will be hoping that Tyler Walker can continue his impressive form in front of goal, netting five of Mansfield’s last six goals scored. 

A win for the visitors could take them in to the automatic promotion places if results go their way. 


More home comforts for Colchester United? 

Despite losing at Newport County last weekend, Colchester United could move back in to the top three with a win against Exeter City on Saturday. 

The Grecians are in the midst of a mini crisis and without a win in their last five league games. The U’s meanwhile have won their last four at home in the league and haven’t conceded a goal in their last two outings. 

If Exeter can re-discover their early season form though, with one just one point separating 7th and 4th place, they would move above Colchester in the league and could find themselves in the automatic play-off places. 


Can anyone stop MK Dons?

Stevenage are the last team to attempt to beat MK Dons this weekend, as the league leaders look to continue their supreme form in Sky Bet League Two. 

The Dons have lost just one of their 18 league games so far this season and are unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat against Lincoln City in September. 

The hosts will be a tough nut to crack though and have lost just once since the start of October at the Amex.  


Can Carlisle United secure winning treble? 

It’s not been plane sailing for Carlisle United at home this season and their victory against Newport County in their last home game ended a run of five straight league defeats on their own turf.

However, that win followed a 4-0 victory at Swindon Town and a win against Forest Green Rovers tomorrow would move them above their visitors in the table – and right in the mix in the battle for the play-off places. 

The visitors haven’t lost three on the bounce since March and a win here could propel them back in to the top seven. 


Will Oldham keep out Tranmere for another clean sheet?

Oldham Athletic travel to Prenton Park on Saturday aiming to keep what would be their seventh clean sheet in nine games. 

The Latics’ defence has been their strength this season, but they will have to be at their best to keep out a Tranmere side who have scored nine times in their last two home league games.

Arguably, their player of the season to date has been Conor Jennings, and the influential midfielder has six assists this season, more than any other player in the league this season.  


Around the grounds

Swindon Town have won just one of their last nine league games and failed to score in seven of them. They travel to Port Vale this weekend hoping to overturn their poor form and Richard Wellens will hope their recent record at Vale Park can continue, with four of their last six visits ending in victories. 

Despite victory last weekend against Tranmere Rovers, Crewe Alexandra's away record is less than favourable and they have won just once in their last nine on their travels. They face a Crawley Town side who despite their own recent troubles, have Ollie Palmer up front. The striker has nine goals for the season with only Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) and James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) having scored more. 

Elsewhere, in-form Newport County travel to struggling Cheltenham Town, where they have never lost in the football league. In-form Bury have been scoring for fun of late and they will hope to continue that goalscoring when they visit the Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United – who have won their last two matches at home. 

Keith Curle’s Northampton Town are unbeaten in five games and face Grimsby Town who have kept consecutive clean sheets in their last three visits. Meanwhile, Morecambe will be looking for back to back league wins and will fancy their chances of doing so against a struggling Notts County side.

Bottom side Macclesfield Town will be looking for only their second home league victory this season when they entertain Yeovil Town at the Moss Rose. 

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