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League Two - Good Friday Preview

Friday 25th March 2016
League Two continues on Good Friday with all the promotion chasing teams involved in the action.
A full set of fixtures had been scheduled for Good Friday but international call-ups mean that bottom side Dagenham and Redbridge's trip to Luton has been cancelled.

Accrington Stanley v Leyton Orient



Leyton Orient make the long trip up to Lancashire on Friday to take on an Accrington side sitting just one point outside the automatic spots. Accrington look to have gotten over their mini-blip, winning two of their last three games, but Orient are yet to lose away from home under Kevin Nolan. These sides could meet again in the playoffs come May, and there looks to be little that can separate them this weekend.

Prediction – Draw

Bristol Rovers v Cambridge United



Rovers moved into the automatic promotion spots after their win at Newport last week and have won all five games since the turn of the month. Momentum is well and truly with the Gas and despite Cambridge picking up an impressive draw at Northampton in their last away game they may struggle on Saturday. Expect goals in this one with Rovers scoring 14 already in March.

Prediction – Bristol Rovers win

Exeter City v Barnet



Barnet travel to Devon, knowing that Exeter have struggled at home all season. Just one win in their last eleven home league games has stopped the Grecians progressing further up the table and Exeter are now seven points outside the playoffs. They sit just one place above opponents Barnet and it looks like they'll both have to settle for mid-table.

Prediction – Draw

Hartlepool United v AFC Wimbledon



AFC Wimbledon will look to build on Jake Reeves stunning injury time winner against York last week by picking up three points at Hartlepool. They are just three points outside the playoff spots but need to improve their recent form and games at struggling sides such as Hartlepool are key. Despite not being mathematically safe Pool look likely to survive the drop again this year and two clean sheets in a row will give them some confidence at least.

Prediction – AFC Wimbledon win

Morecambe v Plymouth



Plymouth slipped out of the promotion places for the first time since September last week and face another long trip north to Morecambe on Friday.  They should have more than enough for a Morecambe side with one win from twelve and a win would be a welcome boost going into the final stretch.

Prediction – Plymouth win

Northampton Town v Newport County



Runaway leaders Northampton host Newport County full of confidence after their dramatic comeback at Stevenage last week. The Cobblers only need 11 points from their final nine games to be promoted and should prove too strong for a Newport side beaten heavily by Bristol Rovers last week.

Prediction – Northampton win

Oxford United v Stevenage



Stevenage travel to second place Oxford, still nervously looking over their shoulder after throwing away a two-goal lead last week. Despite being seven points clear of York they need to pick up points to avoid being dragged into a relegation dogfight. Oxford meanwhile maintained their six-point lead over fourth place with a 3-0 win at Barnet and look good to return to the third tier for the first time since 2001.

Prediction – Oxford win

Portsmouth v Notts County



Mark Cooper's first game in charge of Notts County sees them travel south to take on promotion hopefuls Portsmouth. The Fratton faithful will be expecting a reaction after their 3-0 loss to Newport last time they played at home and Paul Cook's men will be fired up. County have never got going this season and may struggle against a Pompey team who will still believe they can go up automatically.

Portsmouth - win

Wycombe Wanderers v Mansfield Town



Wycombe host Mansfield at Adams Park after a tough run of fixtures which has seen them play at home just once in their last five games. Despite picking up only five points in those five games the Chairboys are firmly in playoff contention, whilst Mansfield's playoff dreams seem to be over. A low scoring affair is the norm for Wycombe and they could make it three 1-0 wins in a row at home.

Wycombe - win

Yeovil Town  v Carlisle United



Carlisle play Yeovil for the fourth time this season after a replay was needed to separate the two sides in the FA Cup third round. The Cumbrians are the only side to leave Huish Park victorious in 2016 after winning on penalties, and there looks to be little to separate the sides once again this weekend. Three draws in their last three games haven't helped Carlisle's playoff push but they'd be happy with another point on Saturday.

Prediction – draw

York City v Crawley



York are in desperate need of three points in their fight for survival with manager Jackie McNamara has taken heavy criticism from fans in recent weeks. They haven't won in seven games and host a Crawley side who are unbeaten in four games. York were unlucky to lose at Wimbledon last week after a battling performance and will be hoping to build on that against Crawley.

Prediction – York win
Matthew Storey
Luton Town season ticket holder and Portsmouth journalism student. Mostly interested in the lower leagues, follow me on twitter @storeymatt

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