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League 2 Weekend Preview

With a full set of interesting looking fixtures, League 2 is set to be very exciting this weekend. 2014 has so far delivered drama and entertainment in abundance and, with some crucial matches for teams at both ends of the table, this week is set to carry on in the same vain. We preview five key games in detail.

Bury v Wycombe

NardielloThis game is a crucial six-pointer in the race to escape from the claws of relegation. Bury sit 22nd in the league, just one place above the relegation zone, and Wycombe sit 21st. Bury have gained nine points in seven games since the appointment of David Flitcroft as manager and, despite only gaining one point from their last two games, will surely be confident of picking up points this weekend. Wycombe have been on an appalling run having only won once in in fifteen league matches. This shocking run started with a defeat to their opponents this weekend, Bury, and has seen them fall from 7th place. Considering Bury’s home advantage, and Wycombe’s abysmal run, I fully expect Bury to gain three points this weekend, who will be boosted by the permanent signing of David Nardiello. Score Prediction – 2-0


Cheltenham v Northampton

RavenhillWith a new manager in place and a few new signings, Northampton will go into this game full of confidence. Chris Wilder knows what it takes to succeed in a relegation dogfight and will surely have instilled the necessary values in his Northampton team. Northampton’s shocking away form has plagued them for 18 months and Wilder will be hoping that it does not stand in the way of any success Northampton could potentially achieve. Standing in the way of them is a very resilient Cheltenham side who sit comfortably in mid-table, having made a poor start to the season. They are without a win in four but they are more than capable of beating this Northampton side. This looks set to be a very interesting game. Score Prediction – 1-1


Chesterfield v Bristol Rovers

Gary RobertsThese two teams have experienced very different seasons thus far. Chesterfield are sitting top of the league, following a very productive week in terms of results, and the Spireites will be brimming with confidence going into this game. Contrastingly, Bristol Rovers have suffered a very disappointing season up to this point and they sit 20th. It appeared as if they were experiencing a upturn in fortunes in 2014 after a few good results, but a nightmarish late goal for Accrington in midweek has thrown the Gas right back into the relegation mix. With Chesterfield’s attacking options fit and firing, particularly the genius that is Gary Roberts, it is hard to imagine a result which doesn’t include a heavy Chesterfield win. Score Prediction – 4-0

Fleetwood v York

Another intriguing ‘top v bottom’ clash this weekend is Fleetwood against York. Fleetwood, who have the strongest budget in the Fleetwooddivision, have been on a very tasty run and without a defeat in five league matches. They have a plethora of options in every position and look very strong contenders to gain promotion. Despite suffering two defeats this week, York have been on a good run which has meant they have escaped from the immediate threat of relegation. It is unlikely York will go down now but Fleetwood are the favourites to get victory this week. Score Prediction – 3-1


Portsmouth v Torquay

CarsonIt’s fair to assume that no-one would have expected Portsmouth to be in the predicament that they are in now. They sit 18th in the league but are unbeaten in their last four games and recorded their first win of the new year this week. Torquay have become a new team under Chris Hargreaves and look hungry for success. They were unlucky to suffer a narrow defeat against Oxford this week and will be confident of being able to evoke the spirit of their win over Wimbledon a few weeks ago. I can’t decide between these two and I think it will be very entertaining draw. Score Prediction – 2-2


Other fixtures with predictions (Saturday, 3pm unless stated)

Southend v Newport: 3-1 (Friday, 7.45pm)

Accrington v Morecambe: 2-0

Burton v Exeter: 2-1

Hartlepool v Scunthorpe: 1-2

Oxford United v Wimbledon: 1-1

Plymouth v Mansfield: 1-0

Rochdale v Dagenham & Redbridge: 2-1

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