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Preview: Sky Bet League Two – Matchday 7

7 September 2018

Sky Bet League Two action continues on Saturday with 10 bumper matches to look forward to. Here’s our preview for the weekend…

Change of fortunes?

This Saturday sees bottom club Notts County travel to Exeter City for an encounter where both sides will fancy their chances despite there being 14-places between them in the league table.

The Grecians have started their Sky Bet League Two campaign solidly, unbeaten in four with three wins under their belt. Three of the four games – in all competitions – where they haven't won have been against the division's two unbeaten teams, Lincoln City and Milton Keynes Dons, and Fulham in the Carabao Cup. Therefore, Matt Taylor’s side will see this match as an opportunity to further climb the table.

So too, will Notts County. This will be new manager Harry Kewell’s first league match at the helm after Kevin Nolan was relieved of his duties, and the Magpies will look to capitalise on the Grecian’s recent results, extending their unbeaten run at St James Park since 2011.

Dark horses

Promoted to Sky Bet League Two for the first time in 2017, Forest Green Rovers finished just one point above the drop zone last term, but have made an unbeaten start to this campaign.

Mark Cooper's side have opened up with two wins and shared the spoils on four occasions in the league. On Saturday they face a Port Vale side who have lost three on the bounce, but who could have some fresher legs after not playing in the Checkatrade Trophy during the week.

Last season, Forest Green Rovers beat the Valiants 1-0 on home soil and having scored 17 goals in all competitions already they'll be looking to record another victory against a side who have secured two league wins so far this season but are yet to yield three points on their travels.

Around the grounds

Lincoln City have a three-point lead at the top of the table and could extend it when they welcome Crawley Town. Their closest rivals Newport County face a trip to Oldham Athletic, who are currently sit sixth.

Morecambe and Swindon Town have the league’s worst defensive records outside the relegation zone, conceding 26 goals between them, and they will lock horns on Saturday.

Stevenage will host Macclesfield Town, who are winless in the league but could be buoyed after yet a penalty shoot-out victory in the week. Tranmere Rovers, who were promoted with them last season, will entertain a strong Colchester United side.

Saturday 8th September 2018 (3pm kick-off)

Bury v Grimsby Town
Cambridge United v Carlisle United
Exeter City v Notts County
Forest Green Rovers v Port Vale
Lincoln City v Crawley Town
Morecambe v Swindon Town
Northampton Town v Cheltenham Town
Oldham Athletic v Newport County AFC
Stevenage v Macclesfield Town
Tranmere Rovers v Colchester United

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