Northampton’s two victories since last Saturday has propelled them a massive 12 points clear at the top of League Two, and they travel to a Hartlepool side who sit just a point above the drop zone.
Town have recorded ten straight wins in the league which dates back to December 28, an impressive run which will surely see them run away with the title come the end of the season. Any team that records 23 wins from 32 games with only five defeats will not only deserve the title, but it could be an almost impossible task for a team like Hartlepool with 18 defeats this season to halt their winning streak. United have won just once in their last seven league outings and have only taken 17 points from 16 games.
Elsewhere third placed Oxford travel to Wimbledon, who are two places and seven points behind leaders Northampton.
A commanding 4-1 win against Exeter kept the U’s in the final automatic promotion place, 15 points adrift of the summit. But having taken 34 points from 16 games on their travels so far this term, Michael Appleton’s side will fancy their chances against a side looking to oust them. Neil Ardley’s men have taken seven wins from their last eight and need a victory if they have any desire of achieving a top-three finish.
At the other end of the table; bottom club Dagenham & Redbridge will know that anything less than a win will all but send them down as they take on Yeovil who are just six points above and in 22nd spot – the final survival spot.
Without a win since January 2, the Daggers could fall up to nine points adrift of safety if they do not get a result. Currently on 20 points; even a win will not take them off the foot of the table and they look as if they will play non-league next season. Yeovil will know this is their best chance of putting daylight between them and the relegation zone, a result either way could dramatically alter who goes down come May.
Mansfield will want to keep the pressure on the five teams above them when they take on Newport on Saturday afternoon, who have been struggling for form.
In sixth on 51 points, like Wimbledon, the Stags are seven points outside the top-three. Adam Murray’s men will be boosted by the re-signing of Colin Daniel on loan until the end of the season. Newport are five points above the drop and any result here will be a massive boost to their chances of survival.
Meanwhile second placed Plymouth welcome an inconsistent Notts County to Home Park.
Argyle have only won twice in their last seven league games and are just three points clear of Oxford in third. Boss Derek Adams is still hopeful they could claim the title despite currently being four wins short. The visiting Magpies are 14 places and 21 points behind the hosts, and are looking for a new owner after Ray Trew stepped down earlier this week.
Portsmouth’s slump continues as they slipped out of the top-seven with a 1-0 defeat to Barnet earlier in midweek. With just one win in six, Pompey need to climb back into the play-offs as they are just one point off the final spot.
Cambridge are two points behind the hosts and could leapfrog the south-coast side with victory. However United have recently been fined £7,000 for fielding an ineligible player in Ryan Ledson against Crawley Town back in January.
All League Two fixtures: (Saturday, 15:00)
Accrington vs Barnet
Dag & Red vs Yeovil
Hartlepool vs Northampton
Leyton Orient vs Crawley
Morecambe vs Carlisle
Newport vs Mansfield
Plymouth vs Notts County
Portsmouth vs Cambridge
Steveage vs Exeter
Wimbledon vs Oxford Utd
Wycombe vs Bristol Rovers
York vs Luton