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Matchday 31: Sky Bet League Two preview

1 February 2019

As we prepare to see what Matchday 31 has in store for us, here’s our preview of some of the big games throughout Sky Bet League Two this weekend.

Play-Off battle at St James Park

It is exceptionally close in the race for the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off places, with only five points separating fourth and eighth position. 

Exeter City entertain MK Dons on Saturday, looking to shake off an unwanted record of their own; the Grecians are winless in seven league games against the Dons, drawing two and losing five.

Meanwhile, this fixture’s history books have been good reading for Paul Tisdale’s side, who have won their last three encounters with Exeter, keeping a clean sheet in all three games.

Top v Bottom

Two very different seasons for two different teams, as league leaders Lincoln City head to bottom side Notts County.

However, Meadow Lane has not been a happy hunting ground for the Imps of late, as they have lost on their last two visits, but are unbeaten in their last three game in all competitions against the Magpies.

The Imps are four points clear at the summit and will be looking to extend the gap between themselves and Mansfield Town. On the other hand, County are currently eight points adrift of League Two survival.

Tale of the two Towns

Mansfield Town and Macclesfield Town face off in another top v bottom clash in League Two on Saturday. The Stags sit second, while the Silkmen sit second bottom.

This will be the first time that Macclesfield have visited Mansfield in the EFL since a 5-0 defeat back in November 2007; they were unbeaten in their three previous visits before that game. 

Bury to pick up their first-ever points against Crawley?

The Shakers are still searching for their first points against Crawley Town, having lost all three of their previous EFL meetings with them.

Being on home soil has favoured Bury this season; it has seen them go ten games unbeaten, winning seven and drawing three games in that time frame.

Following their 1-0 away win last time out, the Red Devils are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since February 2018.

Around the grounds

Elsewhere, there’s an important clash between two sides looking to steer clear of trouble, as Cambridge head to Cheltenham, with only goal difference separating the teams.

Should Bury fail to win, Forest Green Rovers could move into the automatic promotion places, but will have to overcome a tricky trip to Swindon Town.

Play-Off hopefuls Colchester United have fallen away of late, but will be looking to get back on track away at Northampton Town.

Two more sides in need of a win are Oldham Athletic and Morecambe, who will meet at Boundary Park, while fellow strugglers Yeovil Town make the trip to Stevenage.

Finally, Grimsby Town host Newport County in a mid-table clash.



Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle United 

Port Vale v Tranmere Rovers

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