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Preview: Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 13

12 October 2018

With just two points separating fourth and 10th place, the order of the chasing pack after Matchday 13 could again look a little different on Saturday night.

Third face fifth

Saturday afternoon will see an enthralling encounter at the top end of the table between two in-form sides in the Sky Bet League Two, Stevenage and Newport County, who have secured 10 and eight points in their last five league matches respectively.

However, Boro suffered an 8-0 thrashing from Charlton Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday and have lost more league games than any other top seven side this season. Yet, six three-point hauls have pulled Dino Maamria’s team up to fifth.

Stevenage are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Newport, defeating the Exiles in five of them. County’s only win against Boro came in their first meeting in December 2014.

This is the second time Michael Flynn's men have had to face opposition in the play-off places in eight days, having drawn with Forest Green Rovers last Saturday. With a total of 10 goals scored in their last three home matches, they will be aiming to improve their goal difference further and wipe out the deficit caused by their heavy defeat by Yeovil last month.

Friday night lights

The weekend kicks off on Friday night as Tranmere Rovers welcome Macclesfield Town, two promoted teams who have experienced very different starts to life in the Sky Bet League Two.

Play-off occupants Tranmere have tasted defeat just twice in the league all season and have won two the bounce. Meanwhile, the Silkmen are five points from safety, currently searching for their first win of the season and now a new manager after the club parted with Mark Yates on Monday.

The good news for Macclesfield is they are unbeaten in the last five meetings with Rovers, winning three, including a 4-1 victory last time at Prenton Park in February, but a lot has changed since then.

Leading the way

Lincoln City have already faced Port Vale this season, putting four past the Valiants in the Carabao Cup. However, the Imps have lost their last three league visits to Vale Park, their most recent three points coming back in 2009.

Vale have lost their last two in the league but have breathing space from the drop zone, while the Danny Cowley's league leaders, who have won nine of their 12 league matches this campaign, will aim to maintain their buffer of at least a four-point gap at the top.

Around the grounds

Exeter City have not lost in their last four meetings with Swindon Town, who have fallen to 13th after one victory in their last five league matches. The Grecians, on the other hand, have won five of their last seven in all competitions, drawing the other two.

Saturday will see the first meeting between Cambridge United, currently in the bottom two, and Milton Keynes Dons, who have hit promising form again after winning their last two league matches.

Elsewhere, unbeaten Forest Green Rovers travel to Northampton Town who are edging closer to the bottom, despite being unbeaten since Keith Curle took over. Eighth plays ninth when Colchester United host Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra welcome Bury and Morecambe, in 20th, visit Carlisle United who are a point off the top seven.

Friday 12 October

Tranmere Rovers v Macclesfield Town (kick-off 7:45pm)

Saturday 13 October (kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Northampton Town v Forest Green Rovers (kick-off 2pm)
Cambridge United v Milton Keynes Dons
Carlisle United v Morecambe
Colchester United v Crawley Town
Crewe Alexandra v Bury
Exeter City v Swindon Town
Newport County AFC v Stevenage
Port Vale v Lincoln City

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