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Preview: Sky Bet League Two – Matchday 8

14 September 2018

We have a full Sky Bet League Two programme this weekend. Let’s take a look at the stand-out fixtures of this Saturday…

Points mean prizes

Macclesfield Town are still in search for their first win of the season and face a tough test against leaders Lincoln City this weekend, who have picked up 10 points from their last four matches against the Silkmen.

Macclesfield are yet to see out a victory in 90 minutes of football in all competitions, with manager Mark Yates still trying to find the winning formula, however, there have been promising glimmers of hope recently.

Unbeaten Lincoln City are the next visitors to Moss Rose, having accumulated 16 points and 14 goals in their opening seven matches, with Danny Cowley named August’s League Two Manager of the Month.

Their energetic football could prove a challenge for a Macclesfield this Saturday, but the Silkmen have lost just once at home in all competitions since last October, proving Moss Rose is a tough place to go.

Changes at Cheltenham

Michael Duff’s managerial reign at Cheltenham Town begins with a match against Crewe Alexandra on home soil this weekend.

The 40-year-old, who played more than 350 times for both Cheltenham and Burnley, took over this week with the Robins 18th in the table, having mustered seven points from their first seven league matches – winning twice, drawing once and losing four.

The visiting Crewe side have had similar luck this year, who are on seven points from six matches after not featuring in last Saturday’s fixture list. However, they prepare for this clash on the back of two victories in the league and Checkatrade Trophy, scoring seven goals in the process.

Cheltenham have not lost in Alex’s last three visits, winning two, so Duff will be aiming to ensure that history continues this weekend.

Around the grounds

Another tasty tie this weekend features two unbeaten sides in Milton Keynes Dons and Forest Green Rovers. Paul Tisdale’s dangerous Dons had a rest last Saturday, so could dark horses Rovers’ uninterrupted momentum help them pull off an upset this weekend?

Exeter City have secured points at Mansfield Town in their last nine visits, but Saturday’s encounter could prove a bigger challenge. The Stags are currently unbeaten this season and hit 11 goals in their first three matches in all competitions this season – certainly a team to watch.

Port Vale, who have lost three of their last four, host a Northampton Town side who struggling for wins themselves. Swindon Town, who have the worst defensive record in the top half, face the bottom half’s highest goalscorers in Bury.

Newport County, second in the table on goal difference, face a refreshed Yeovil Town after a break last weekend, as fourth-placed Carlisle host Tranmere Rovers.

Saturday 15th September (3pm kick off unless stated)

Carlisle United v Tranmere Rovers

Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra

Colchester United v Cambridge United

Crawley Town v Morecambe

Grimsby Town v Oldham Athletic

Macclesfield Town v Lincoln City

Mansfield Town v Exeter City

Milton Keynes Dons v Forest Green Rovers

Newport County v Yeovil Town

Notts County v Stevenage

Port Vale v Northampton Town

Swindon Town v Bury

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