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League Two Preview: Saturday 6th February 2016

This week's fixture list has thrown up some very interesting games and every one is important for all the teams, whether trying to avoid relegation or aiming for promotion. So this week I'm going through each game individually and the importance of each game will become apparent. I've made Notts County v Hartlepool my key game.

*Important Game ** Key Game

Saturday 6th February 2016

*Bristol Rovers v Wimbledon – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (2-0)
*Cambridge v Dagenham & Redbridge – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (3-0)
Carlisle v Accrington – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-0)
*Exeter v Oxford United – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-2)
Mansfield v Morecambe – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction(2-0)
Newport v Barnet – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-1)
Northampton v York – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (3-0)
**Notts County v Hartlepool – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (2-0)
Portsmouth v Leyton Orient – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (2-1)
Stevenage v Crawley – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-1)
*Wycombe v Luton – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-0)
Yeovil v Plymouth – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (0-2)

The first game on Saturday sees 4th placed Bristol Rovers striving to strengthen their place in the playoffs playing Wimbledon at 10th who are trying to join them.

Next comes 11th placed Cambridge on 41 points aiming to keep their own promotion hopes going while further damaging 23rd placed Dagenham & Redbridge's survival hopes.

Carlisle at 13th and Accrington at 6th have games to catch up having both only played 25 games, so this game is obviously important for these two teams.

Exeter at 12th and with 41 points will be trying to stay in touch with the chasing pack while denting 3rd placed Oxfords automatic promotion hopes.

Mansfield at 7th with 44 points are another team trying to stay in the playoff mix playing Morecambe at 14th with 36 points.

Newport at 20th with 27 points take on Barnet in 18th place with 33 points with these two teams trying to distance themselves from the relegation places.

Next comes top of the table Northampton at home to bottom club York.

Skip to 5th placed Portsmouth in the playoff places on 45 points playing Leyton Orient at 9th and with 43 points only one point outside the playoffs.

Stevenage at 19th with 28 points playing Crawley at 17th with 34 points sees another game with both teams hoping to pull away from the lower reaches of League Two.

Wycombe at 8th with 43 points are yet another team well in the promotion race playing Luton at 16th with 35 points.

Yeovil at 21st with 24 points have a difficult game at home to 2nd placed Plymouth who have 56 points.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Dagenham & Redbridge v Wycombe – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-2)
Hartlepool v Stevenage – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (1-0)
*Oxford United v Mansfield – Kick Off 3:00pm – Score Prediction (2-1)

Tuesdays fixtures continue the important game trend with currently 23rd placed Dagenham & Redbridge playing currently 8th placed Wycombe.

Notts' Saturday opponents Hartlepool take on 19th placed Stevenage at the bottom end of the table while at the other end 3rd placed Oxford entertain 7th placed Mansfield.

My thoughts on the Notts game.

Notts with 36 points and placed 15th from 27 games host 22nd placed Hartlepool whose 25 games have yielded 24 points.

Notts haven't played Hartlepool yet this season and the return fixture takes place later this month on Tuesday the 16th.

The last time the teams played each other was in the FA Cup on 9/11/2013 when pools won at their place 3–2. The last league meetings between the two teams were in 2012/13 in League One when Hartlepool won 2–1 at their place with Notts winning 2–0 at Meadow Lane.

Notts are only 8 points off the playoff places but need to return to winning ways at home to back up the two recent away wins under Jamie Fullarton.

I got my forecast hopelessly wrong a fortnight ago and the Notts performance was hopeless too. I hope my 2–0 prediction doesn't put a jinx on the result this time and that all Pie fans are happy come Saturday teatime.

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Hartlepool have some good players, which if we allow to play their game - they do have the ability to push us. Their main threat will be from the midfield, wingers especially but I am confident we will be able to take the game to the visitors.

It would be good if Mansfield didn't pick up any points also.


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Plenty of teams still in the mix, its very open especially with teams having a few games in hand. Pre-match against Wimbledon being interviewed by Colin Slater, JF downplayed talk of trying for promotion - just progressing each match as a team- but I think he will be looking at the table thinking there is still an opportunity for this Notts team. It has been 2 steps forward and one back so far. Hopefully another step forward this saturday! 

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