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Sky Bet League Two preview: 16 Feb

14 February 2019

All twenty-four teams in League Two feature on Saturday afternoon, with results potentially pivotal at both ends of the table...

Imps to tighten their grip on promotion?

Lincoln City have the enviable position of sitting top of the Sky Bet League Two table, three points clear of their nearest challengers and more impressively eight points clear in the race for automatic promotion.

They welcome a Stevenage side who they have defeated in each of their three meetings dating back to the start of last season, including a narrow 1-0 victory in December.

Danny Cowley's side have only lost one of their fifteen home fixtures so far in 2018/19, and are currently unbeaten in eleven at Sincil Bank - the joint highest in the division.

For Stevenage, gate-crashing the Play-Off party is still a distinct possibility, sitting just four points off Forest Green in seventh position. One thing is seemingly certain as of late, and that is Stevenage do not draw games - in their previous ten fixtures they have won five and lost five.

Latics to make it back-to-back victories under Scholes?

An impressive start to managerial life in midweek, Paul Scholes masterminded his new side to a 4-1 victory against Yeovil Town.

Much has been made of the appointment of the former Manchester United midfielder, but Oldham face a stern test tomorrow afternoon in the shape of in-form Crewe Alexandra. Crewe have earned 14 points from their last six league games, winning four of them, a record only matched by Bury. 

Victory for the home side would ensure a third straight victory in league competition, and the first time they've achieved that feat since October 2017 when in League One.

Battle for safety...

A potentially pivotal fixture takes place at the bottom of League Two, with Port Vale welcoming Morecambe to Vale Park hoping to distance themselves from the dreaded drop zone.

Just four points separate the sides in 20th and 22nd place, respectively, although Morecambe's recent form will give the home side encouragement - The Shrimps are winless in their previous eight, drawing four of those.

However, Vale are on a goalscoring draught and will need to solve that particular issue if they hope to come away with three points. John Askey's side have scored just one goal in their last five league games, failing to score in each of their previous three.

Play-Off push...

Bury travel to St James Park as one of the form sides in the division, as they prepare for a meeting with another fellow promotion candidate in beaten Play-Off finalists last season, Exeter City.

Having defeated the Grecians earlier in the campaign, Bury will be hoping to complete an EFL double against Exeter for only the second time in their history, and first since 2002/03.

Ryan Lowe's side are unbeaten in their last eight league outings, and in Jay O'Shea they have a man at the top of his game. O'Shea's 14 goals so far this season are the most he has ever managed in a single EFL campaign.

Miracle of Meadow Lane?

It has been a hugely frustrating season for Notts County, to say the least. Beaten in last season's Play-Off Semi-Final, the Club face the real possibility of relegation from the EFL.

Four points off safety, a morale-boosting victory was much-needed in midweek courtesy of an impressive three points at promotion chasing Forest Green Rovers. Neal Ardley will be hoping that victory can act as a catalyst for a side that are currently on a run of just one win in their last nine home fixtures.

Mansfield Town, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last eight visits to Meadow lane - keeping five clean sheets in the process. They currently sit in second place in the League Two standing with only a victory enough to keep the pressure of leaders Lincoln City.

Around the grounds...

Carlisle United host MK Dons looking to continue their recent hot-streak at Brunton Park. The home side are unbeaten in their last six, however, the visitors ended a run of six away fixtures without a win last time out against Newport County.

Macclesfield Town host Colchester United in an EFL fixture for the first time since March 1999, an occasion in which the home side claimed the three points on that day. Colchester have won back-to-back league fixtures for the fourth time this season, however they have yet to convert that to three straight victories in 2018/19.

Elsewhere, Forest Green Rovers host Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers travel to Cambridge United, whilst Northampton Town welcome Crawley Town and Grimsby Town and Cheltenham Town face-off at Blundell Park. 

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