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League Two Preview: 24 October

After all 24 sides were in action in the week, we return again this Saturday. Plymouth remain top despite losing at Oxford, and there were wins for bottom club Newport, in addition to vital points picked up for other early season strugglers. Here is your League Two Preview:



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Luton Town vs Plymouth Argyle

League leaders Plymouth travel to Luton this weekend having suffered their first defeat in eight at Oxford on Tuesday night. The Pilgrims remain top by two points after 2nd placed Portsmouth were held at home against Stevenage, and they’ll be looking to regain their advantage against a Hatters side that are without a win in three. That said, despite two successive home draws, John Still’s side are unbeaten in four at Kenilworth Road.


Portsmouth vs Mansfield Town

Portsmouth conceded a late equaliser against Stevenage on Tuesday night, denying Paul Cook’s side the opportunity to move back to the top of League Two. Despite being unbeaten in four, Pompey are without a win in three at Fratton Park after a defeat against Exeter and two successive draws. They face a Mansfield side that have won their last three away games, and have won five from their last eight matches in the league.


Oxford United vs Barnet 

Oxford are the League Two in-form side, and they welcome a Barnet side that are yet to win on the road to the Kassam Stadium. Barnet have only picked up one point on their travels this season, that came on Tuesday night, whilst the U’s are not only unbeaten in seven, but Michael Appleton’s side are yet to lose at home this season.


Northampton Town vs Stevenage 

Despite off field disputes still playing a major part of life at Northampton, the club have been performing relatively well on the field. The Cobblers are unbeaten in four at Sixfields and welcome a Stevenage that are yet to win away this season. That said, Teddy Sheringham’s side have picked up points at Exeter and Portsmouth respectively in recent weeks, but face a Northampton side that have lost just once in their last eight games.


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Morecambe vs Leyton Orient 

Morecambe have won three games on the bounce, and won their first home game in four on Tuesday night. As a result, the Shrimps sit one place behind Leyton Orient, who are not only without a win in three after back to back draws, but are also without a win on the road in five.


Accrington Stanley vs Dagenham and Redbridge 

Accrington began the season brightly, but three defeats in four games has seen John Coleman’s side drop out of the playoffs. Having lost their last two games at the Crown Ground, they’ll be looking to make amends when a Dagenham side that haven’t won in eight visit. The Daggers have drawn their last two games on the road, but have failed to win on their travels in four.


Wycombe Wanderers vs Carlisle United 

Wycombe have had a real setback in recent weeks. The Chairboys have not only lost their last three league games, but Gareth Ainsworth’s side have also lost back to back matches at Adams Park, including Tuesday night’s defeat against bottom club Newport. Carlisle are the visitors this weekend, and despite losing St Northampton in the week, Keith Curle’s side have won six of their last ten games.


Bristol Rovers vs Newport County 

Bristol Rovers played out a goalless draw on Tuesday night, but extended their unbeaten run to four games in the process. That said, the Gas haven’t won at the Memorial Stadium in four games, and welcome strugglers Newport there this weekend. Boosted by their victory at Wycombe, John Sheridan’s side will he looking to record successive wins for the first time this season.


York City vs AFC Wimbledon

York have failed to win in eight games, and the Minstermen find themselves precariously close to the drop as a result. Despite drawing their last two games at Bootham Crescent, Wayne Burnett’s side haven’t won at home in five games, and welcome a Wimbledon side that beat Accrington 3-4 on the road on Tuesday. The Dons haven’t been too impressive on the road this season, but something will give this weekend.


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Exeter City vs Notts County

Notts County travel to Exeter this weekend with the Magpies failing to win on the road in six attempts. They’ve had an inconsistent start to life back in League Two, but as have Exeter after wins against high flyers Leyton Orient and Portsmouth before draws with Stevenage and Newport respectively.


Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United

Yeovil Town’s run of six games without a win has seen them drop into the bottom two. The Glovers also haven’t won at Huish Park in five as Paul Sturrock’s side look to push up the table, but face a Cambridge side that have been inconsistent at best. Wins over high flyers Northampton have been overshadowed by dropped points against York and Hartlepool.


Hartlepool United vs Crawley Town 

After last season’s great escape and the positive start to this season, you could forgive fans of Hartlepool United for being fed up after a torrid run of form. Just two wins from their last eight games has seen the Pools drop to 17th in the league, and they’re currently five games without a win at Victoria Park. Crawley are the opponents this weekend, and they too have made a poor start to the season. Despite successive home wins, the Red have suffered back to back defeats on the road, so something will end this Saturday.


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About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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