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Matchday 29: Sky Bet League Two preview

There are some huge battles in Sky Bet League Two, and we have previewed the most important games of the upcoming weekend.

18 January 2019

Derby Day at Sincil Bank

It’s one of the biggest days in the footballing calendar if you are a Lincoln City or Grimsby Town supporter, but this fixture has not been great viewing for Imps supporters in recent years.

They have only won one of their last 10 EFL matches against the Mariners, drawing six and losing three in that run.

However, Grimsby have an even worse record when travelling to Lincoln; they have won just one of their last 16 away EFL visits to Sincil Bank, last tasting victory in September 2007.

New Lawn to host promotion spectacular

Forest Green Rovers have been the surprise package in Sky Bet League Two by finding themselves in the Play-Off places after 26 games, which also sees them hold a two-game advantage over some of their closest competitors.

Rovers are seventh in the league standings and their opponents, Bury, currently sit second in the table - Mark Cooper’s side are unbeaten in their last six league games, winning four and drawing two.

This is the second time the two teams have met in the EFL, the previous coming in this season’s reverse fixture, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Mansfield to make history at Colchester?

It has been a fantastic season so far for the Stags, who find currently sit third in the League Two table. They managed to get back on track with a win in midweek over Crawley Town, thanks to an 88th-minute Tyler Walker strike.

Colchester were also comprehensive winners last weekend, putting three past Port Vale away from home to lift themselves back into the Play-Off places after a momentary slip out of the top seven.

If Mansfield were to overcome the U’s on Saturday, it would be the first time since November 1995 that they tasted victory in this fixture.

Battle at the bottom

Elsewhere, 22nd-placed Yeovil Town face bottom-of-the-table Notts County at the weekend, which could have a significant impact on the race to survive relegation.

A win for Yeovil could see them move up to 18th in the table, depending on results elsewhere, while three points for the visitors could put them level on points with Macclesfield Town, also depending on their result against Oldham Athletic.

But Huish Park has not been a happy hunting ground for County in recent years; they haven’t won an EFL game there since 2005, and are winless in their seven visits.

Around the grounds

After their blockbuster game against Bury last weekend, MK Dons return home to face Crewe Alexandra; the last time the Dons hosted Crewe in a league game, they were 6-1 winners, with now-Tottenham Hotspur and England international Dele Alli scoring a hat-trick.

Sixth-placed Carlisle United appointed Steven Pressley as their new manager in midweek, and he will be looking to start his managerial campaign at the Cumbrians with a win over Cheltenham Town. 

Exeter City and Tranmere Rovers sit just outside the Play-Offs in League Two; they both face mid-table opposition at the weekend in Newport County and Swindon Town respectively.

Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield added three points to their collection with a win over Grimsby at the weekend, and return to Moss Rose looking to see off the threat of still managerless Oldham.

Elsewhere, Morecambe face Stevenage, Crawley Town entertain Port Vale and Cambridge United host Northampton Town, looking to take their unbeaten record over the Cobblers to nine. 

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