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EXILES HOST ROBINS IN PLAY-OFF TUSSLE

Fan First's League Two preview for weekend 20th of November featuring - Newport County and Swindon Town


Leagues One and Two played on through the international break and after last week there are four teams on 26 points from 5th to 8th in League Two, and Newport and Swindon meet this weekend looking to break away from that pack in what is a play-off six pointer. Neither team will want to lose ground with several teams in a close chase behind, so an exciting weekend in store once again.

Fixtures

Barrow (16th) v Crawley Town (20th)

Barrow form: LDDLD

Crawley form: WLLLL

Top Scorers: Banks (6); Appiah (6)

Bradford City (11th) v Northampton Town (4th)

Bradford form: DLWDD

Northampton form: WWWWL

Top Scorers: Cook (7); Hoskins, Lewis (4)

Bristol Rovers (14th) v Tranmere Rovers (12th)

Bristol Rovers form: DDLWW

Tranmere form: WDLLL

Top Scorers: Pitman (4); Clarke (3)

Exeter City (3rd) v Carlisle United (22nd)

Exeter form: DWWWW

Carlisle form: LDDLD

Top Scorers: Jay (10); Abrahams, Clough, Mellish, Dickenson, Riley (2)

Harrogate Town (5th) v Salford City (17th)

Harrogate form: LDLLW

Salford form: WDLLD

Top Scorers: Armstrong (9); Elliott (3)

Hartlepool United (10th) v Forest Green Rovers (1st)

Hartlepool form: LWWLL

FGR form: LWDWD

Top Scorers: Ferguson, Burey, Cullen (3); Matt, Stevens (7)

Leyton Orient (9th) v Sutton United (8th)

Orient form: DDDWD

Sutton form: LLWLW

Top Scorers: Drinan, Smith (7); Ajiboye, Wilson, Smith, Olaofe (3)

Mansfield Town (18th) v Scunthorpe United (24th)

Mansfield form: LDLWW

Scunthorpe form: LDWLD

Top Scorers: Johnson, Hawkins (4); Scrimshaw, Davis, Loft (2)

Newport County (6th) v Swindon Town (7th)

Newport form: DDWWW

Swindon form: WDWLW

Top Scorers: Telford (10); Simpson (6)

Oldham Athletic (23rd) v Port Vale (2nd)

Oldham form: WLDLL

Vale form: WDWWD

Top Scorers: Keillor-Dunn, Bahamboula (3); Proctor (6)

Stevenage (21st) v Colchester United (19th)

Stevenage form: LLDLL

Colchester form: WDLLW

Top Scorers: List (5); Sears (5)

Walsall (15th) v Rochdale (13th)

Walsall form: DWDWL

Rochdale form: DDWWD

Top Scorers: Miller (7); Newby (5)

Players in-form

In their play-off battle against Newport, Swindon will need to be strongly aware of County striker Dominic Telford who is the 3rd highest rated player in League Two so far this season with a 6.97 rating. The 24-year-old striker from Burnley has bagged 10 league goals this season in just 9 appearances and has endeared himself to the Welsh club’s supporters since joining in January 2021. For Swindon that means getting improved performances out of defenders Mathieu Baudry and Dion Conroy who currently average at decent but not superb ratings of 6.15 and 6.02 respectively.

Meanwhile at the top, Port Vale in second and Exeter in third both face sides that are battling relegation so far this term. Port Vale visit troubled Oldham looking for Jamie Proctor to continue his superb season. At 29, Proctor is in his prime and Vale’s summer signing has strongly impressed at Vale Park. Currently he is the league’s highest rated player despite only scoring 6 goals in 12 appearances, but it’s the big man’s work rate up front that is so highly thought of, and he is deserving of being currently the only League Two player to average above a seven at 7.01, closely followed by teammate David Amoo on 6.98.

Exeter meanwhile play host Carlisle United who make the long trip down to the south coast needing to pick up more points in their fight to stay above the surface. The Grecians will be hoping to get more goals out of striker Sam Nombe - their highest rated player so far with a 6.44 rating - who is currently on a 3-game dry spell following a hot streak of a goal a game for 6 games. Carlisle fans have been very disappointed with their season so far and are currently the second-lowest rated team on average with a 5.59 team rating, and manager Keith Millen, who was appointed at the end of October, will need to raise the team’s level if they are to climb back up the table to where they think they should be.

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Written by Chris Williams