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Midlands Football Preview: League Two

Northampton Town v Chesterfield Town (KO - 15:00):

A game of contrasts sees two sides from opposite ends of the East Midlands go head-to-head, with both clubs battling for points at opposite ends of League Two.

Manager-less and five points adrift at the foot of the league, the Cobblers risk sinking without a trace if they do not start picking up points regularly. Their indifferent form has seen them win just five times all season and they could be facing a wounded animal in Chesterfield when they line-up at Sixfields Stadium...

Northampton's experienced stopper, Matt duke, will need to be on top form against high-flying Chesterfield... Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

The Spireites looked to be sitting comfortably in fourth place. But in the last week, they suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat away to promotion rivals Southend, before drawing 2-2 at home to Rochdale after being robbed of all three points in injury time.

Paul Cook will be looking for his men to make amends and secure what would be only their second away win in seven, if they are to get their title challenge back on track.

Cheterfield boss, Paul Cook, will be looking for a rare away win... Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

To say the home side have struggled for goals this season would be an understatement, averaging well under one goal per game; whilst Cook’s men have the best goal-difference in the league. But this one looks set to be a tense affair, with both sides having much to play for.


Burton Albion v Fleetwood Town (KO 15:00):

Last time out, Burton Albion chief, Gary Rowett, saw his side play out a draw away to a Bury side sat 19th in the table. That after he demanded his side learn from their humbling 4-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Bournemouth a fortnight ago; he will still be looking for a response when the teams line up at the Pirelli Stadium.

Perched above the play-off places and undefeated in ten league games, the Brewers will be after their seventh win in eleven; knowing that if Scunthorpe lose away to mid-table Dagenham & Redbridge, they could sit top of the table at the end of play.

A familiar site this season; the Brewers celebrating after scoring a goal... Credit: Chris Ison/EMPICS Sport

They face a Fleetwood side hot on their heels, just two points within reach, after a run of five wins from seven. However, The Cod Army are without former Notts County flyer Jeff Hughes, after the influential midfield man broke his leg in last weeks 2-0 win over Hartlepool.

Graham Alexander’s charges will be looking to avenge the defeat they suffered only last month, their last trip to Burton-On-Trent, when they lost the same fixture by a goal-to-nil in the FA Cup second-round.


Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers (KO 15:00):

With eight points from a possible fifteen, Mansfield appeared to have found some form of late, prior to last Saturday's 2-0 home loss at the hands of high-flying Scunthorpe.

The Stags are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat last time out, when they entertain Wycombe on Saturday... Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

They were unlucky to follow that up with only a point away to cash-strapped Portsmouth and will look to pick up from where they left off after Christmas, when they face a Wycombe side struggling for points.

With a terrible away record and just one point from a possible twelve of late, the Chairboys have looked to the transfer market to transform their season. Boss Gareth Ainsworth will be looking for them to make an impact.

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