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Sky Bet League Two: Preview - Matchday 16

25 October 2018

With the midweek action producing everything you’d hope for on Tuesday with goals, talking points and turnarounds at the dozen, more of the same can be expected as Sky Bet League Two heads in to the final weekend of October.  

Goal fest at St James Park?

Exeter City welcome Forest Green Rovers this weekend in a match fans can probably expect a few goals. The two sides faced each other four times last season and only matches between Liverpool and Manchester City produced more goals.

The two sides scored 15 between them in some brilliant matches and it may well be the same again this time round. The Grecians are enjoying themselves again this season and sit in the automatic promotion places despite only getting a point at Crawley in midweek. They are unbeaten in nine going in to this one and have the league’s top scorer Jayden Stockley in their ranks.

Their opponents aren’t doing too badly themselves either, especially when it comes to goalscoring. Forest Green have bagged in each of their last 11 league games and were they to win at St James Park, could well find themselves in a solid looking play-off position.

Lincoln face tough away test

Colchester United entertain table toppers Lincoln City on Saturday as the U’s look to close the gap on the leaders to five points.  

The Imps will be aiming to topple a Colchester side flying with confidence and whose home record is mightily impressive. They have only dropped four points from their seven league games so far this term, scoring 19 goals along the way, more than any other side in the league.

Colchester will have to keep a close eye on Lincoln’s Bruno Andrade. The striker has more assists than any other player in the league and it was he who also scored the Imps’ equaliser late on against Carlisle United on Tuesday.

Gaining momentum

Keith Curle’s appointment as manager of Northampton Town has seen them move away from the relegation places and his side will be confident of continuing their good form against Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

The Cobblers thumped Macclesfield Town 5-0 on Tuesday night, recording their third win in four as they moved up to 18th. But Oldham will provide a stern test and are unbeaten on the road in their last 10 games.

The Latics enjoyed a home win in the week, courtesy of a special individual goal from Latics forward Callum Lang, earning him the accolade of the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Week.

Around the grounds

MK Dons moved in to second place on Tuesday night and go in to Saturday’s game at Mansfield Town looking for their fourth consecutive victory. The meeting between the sides will be the first for over ten years, since January 2008, when the Dons came out on top.

Elsewhere, Crawley Town will be looking to improve their tragic away record when they play at Tranmere Rovers. The Reds have won just once in their last six on their travels. But a win on Saturday could lift them in to the play off places.


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