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League Two Preview: Portsmouth host Oxford while Plymouth travel to Bristol Rovers
22nd January 2016

There are two big top-of-the-table clashes in League Two this weekend, as the leaders Plymouth Argyle travel to fourth-placed Bristol Rovers.

The Pilgrims, who are at the summit ahead of Northampton on goal difference, beat Stevenage 3-2 last weekend, but face a tough trip up the M5 to face Rovers, who have won six of their last eight league matches, including a 2-1 win against Oxford at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Appleton’s side face another tough task this weekend as they make the trip to the South Coast and Fratton Park to face fifth-placed Portsmouth.

The U’s are currently holding onto the last automatic promotion spot, but they are just four points ahead of their opponents on Saturday, having played a game more.

Northampton will look to take advantage of their promotion rivals playing each other when they host mid-table Morecambe at Sixfields.

Chris Wilder’s men have won nine of their last 10 matches in the league to rise up to second, but the Shrimps will be looking to build on their last away match – a 2-0 win at play-off chasing Wycombe.

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Marc Richards is Northampton’s top scorer this season.

Accrington will be looking forward to getting back on the football pitch after another match was postponed last weekend, and they make the long trip south to face Exeter.

Despite having up to four matches in hand on the sides around them, Stanley sit sixth and just six points behind third-placed Oxford in the top-three, and they come up against a Grecians team that was beaten 3-0 by Liverpool in their FA Cup Third Round replay on Wednesday night.

New Leyton Orient player-manager, Kevin Nolan, faces a tough baptism of fire on his managerial debut as he takes the O’s to face Wycombe at Adams Park.

The former West Ham midfielder has been tasked with getting Orient’s promotion chances back on track, and they come up against a Wanderers side that were bravely beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa in their cup replay on Tuesday.

This week, Notts County midfielder Alan Smith said he would be staying with the club until the end of the season after being linked with a move to Plymouth, and his side face AFC Wimbledon at Meadow Lane this weekend.

County are seven points from the play-offs in 16th, while the Dons are just one place and one point outside the top-seven themselves.

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Elsewhere, ninth-placed Mansfield host 18th-placed Luton Town, while Cambridge play host to Hartlepool, who followed up their impressive 1-0 win against Wycombe last weekend with defeat to Accrington in midweek.

Carlisle will look to take advantage of their positive week and move into the play-off positions when they host bottom-of-the-table York City.

The match will be the first at Brunton Park for eight weeks following the terrible flooding that Cumbria has been subjected to, and United will be in positive mood after setting up a FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Everton by beating Yeovil on penalties in midweek. They know that if they win and other results go their way, they could find themselves in the top-seven on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, two struggling teams face each other in South Wales as 20th-placed Newport welcome 22nd-placed Dagenham to Rodney Parade, while Yeovil know they could move out of the bottom-two if they can beat Crawley at Huish Park.

Finally, Stevenage host Barnet in a local derby at Broadhall Way with just 17 miles separating the two clubs.

League Two Fixtures 

Saturday, 3pm

Bristol Rovers vs Plymouth
Cambridge vs Hartlepool
Carlisle vs York
Exeter vs Accrington
Mansfield vs Luton
Newport vs Dag & Red
Northampton vs Morecambe
Notts County vs Wimbledon
Portsmouth vs Oxford Utd
Stevenage vs Barnet
Wycombe vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil vs Crawley

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