It’s set to be another exciting weekend in Sky Bet League Two...
We’re treated to a top-two clash this weekend as MK Dons welcome high-flying Lincoln City with both aiming for automatic promotion this season. Lincoln are closing in on promotion to Sky Bet League One as they sit eleven points clear with 18 left to play for. The Dons also find themselves in the right place with a cushion of three points between themselves and the play-offs, that’s thanks in part to back-to-back victories heading into this clash.
Bury are looking to halt a run of two defeats when they go to Carlisle United, who are hopeful of a spot in the top-seven. United are another side enduring a difficult run of late and are aiming for their first win in four. Victory here will go a long way in achieving their separate goals this season.
The team hoping for a slip-up will be Mansfield Town, who sit two points behind Bury in fourth. The Stags bounced back from defeat at home to Crewe with a convincing win over promotion rivals Exeter. A clash against Cambridge United awaits them next, who have also experienced differing results in recent weeks. Victory last time out though should be enough to keep them away from any relegation trouble in the run-in.
Tranmere Rovers’ run of seven consecutive victories was ended at the hands of Oldham in midweek, and they face another side enjoying victories as of late in Newport County. County have seen three wins in their last five and that has moved them to within six points of the play-offs. It’s a big ask, but if they continue their good run then it is more than possible.
Forest Green Rovers are one of the teams battling off the chasing pack as they look to hold their spot in the top-seven. Rovers have lost just one of their last four games and this week sees them travel to a Crawley Town side at the opposite end of the standings, with three consecutive losses to their name. They are still seven points clear of the relegation zone though and have picked up points in three of their last four home games.
In terms of relegation, it looks like it will be three teams who are aiming to avoid finishing in the two places that would mean lining up in the National League in August.
Macclesfield Town currently occupy the bottom spot, but they have picked up five points from their last possible nine and that has put them to within a point of safety. They have home advantage this week as they face a Morecambe side who haven’t won in their last three away. That said, they have only lost two of their last eight on the road.
Notts County are only kept in the relegation places by goal difference, and like Macclesfield, they have also hit form at the right time. Neal Ardley’s men have picked up points in three of their last four games, which includes victory last time out against Stevenage. They are also at home this week against a Northampton Town side who have lost their last two. The Cobblers will be difficult opponents though, given how they have only lost one of their last six away.
For Yeovil Town, they’re enduring a run of five consecutive defeats and that has seen them drop down the standings. They have also struggled on the road, with seven losses in a row away from home. However, they’ll be hoping that a managerial change can move them away from danger. This week sees them go to Swindon Town. Town are unbeaten in their last five in front of their own supporters, winning three, which has helped them to move to within four points of the play-offs.
The final team in the play-off places are Exeter City. They have experienced mixed fortunes in recent weeks but still remain where they want to be. It’s a tricky test next though against a Cheltenham Town side who have won three of their last four, while also winning six of their last seven at home – the other result being a draw.
Colchester United will be hopeful that Cheltenham can do them a favour as they host an Oldham Athletic side who have hit a bit of form recently. The U’s managed victory last time out at Cambridge and a win here could be enough to move them into the division’s top-seven.
Elsewhere, two sides in mid-table meet as Grimsby Town host Stevenage. Both sides haven’t won in their last three, which highlights the importance of victory here.
Port Vale are sitting in 20th but should stay clear of any relegation trouble. They will be looking to build upon victory over Northampton as they welcome Crewe Alexandra. Crewe though have lost just one of their last four, meaning this is a game that is too difficult to call.