League Two Preview – Three Games To Keep An Eye On – 21/1/17

Written by Mark Docherty


This weekend there is a full programme of League Two fixtures as teams will play the 26th and 27th matches of their campaign.  Doncaster Rovers go into the match four points clear of Plymouth in second, while Carlisle are just two points ahead of Portsmouth in the final automatic promotion place.  Cambridge and Barnet will be hoping to sneak into the play-off positions, while Wycombe, Luton, and Colchester will be looking to hold onto their play-off places.  The weekend promises to be an intriguing set of matches, and these are the three which I think promise the most:

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Luton Town


This is the match which leaped out at me when I scanned the fixtures for the weekend, as the teams in fifth and sixth face off with one another.  The hosts are favourites for the match at 6/4, while Luton are down at 19/10 with a draw at 11/5 with Sky Bet.  The two teams go into the match in contrasting form, with Luton having won just two of their last five games while the Chairboys are unbeaten in eleven league matches.  The key men will be the strikers for each team, with Adebayo Akinfenwa having hit a great run of form for Wycombe and Danny Hylton enjoying a good first half of the season for the Hatters.  I’m predicting this to be a very tight game between two good sides, but that the Chairboys will come out as narrow 2-1 winners.


Morecambe vs Leyton Orient


Although this match would not be expected to be a six-pointer at the beginning of the season, it is looking like a very interesting spectacle.  The Shrimps are in 17th place, which is probably slightly higher than most expected them to be at this point, whereas the O’s are down in 20th.  Both clubs are facing a relegation battle as they look to secure their place in League Two for next season.  Orient were expected to be among the teams chasing promotion going into the season but have already sacked two managers and it is fair to say the season is not going to plan.  Morecambe are priced at 21/20 for the win, with Orient at 5/2.  However, for me, the draw is the most likely outcome for the match, also at 5/2.  I’m predicting a two-all draw between two sides with poor defences but potent attacks.


Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United
This is another match which does not strike most people as being a fairly nondescript game, but with Carlisle’s shaky recent form it will be a game to keep an eye on this weekend.  The U’s have won just one of their last five league games, while Stanley have only lost once in their last four games at the Crown Ground.  This is a match which could well be a war of attrition as two out of form teams meet on a poor pitch, and it will surely come down to just one goal.  A key factor of the match could be the absence of the Cumbrians’ skipper, Danny Grainger through injury, which could give Stanley a crucial advantage, as they have conceded eleven goals in the last five matches without him.  Accy, on the other hand, can rely on the goals of Billy Kee, who is a prolific scorer at this level.  I’m predicting a shock 1-0 win for the hosts, with the goal coming from a Kee penalty.

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