Date: 20th November 2015 at 12:45pm
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League leaders Plymouth will be looking to maintain their five point cushion at the summit when they host Exeter in the Devon derby at Home Park.

Argyle have won their last three league games, beating Luton, Morecambe and York. Manager Derek Adams is working wonders in his first season in charge of The Green Army, who have only lost once at home this season.

The Grecians have lost on their travels on five occasions out of eight, but are mid-table thanks to their more impressive form at home. Fifteen points and 13 places behind their opponents, it will be a tough ask for City to get anything from their rivals.

Propping up the Football League are Dagenham & Redbridge, with a dire nine points after 17 games. Without a league victory since September 5th and only three points at home, manager Wayne Burnett has the toughest job in keeping the London side up.

The Daggers welcome Oxford who are in a more favourable second place. United have 33 points and have won their last two league games, as they look to keep the pressure on Plymouth at the top.

06 September 2014 - Sky Bet League Two - Southend United v Oxford United - Oxford United manager Michael Appleton. Photo: Ryan Smyth/Offside

Michael Appleton takes his in-from Oxford side to Dagenham

Yeovil are the other team in the bottom-two with just a point more than Dag & Red. However, the Glovers stopped a run of four straight league defeats with a 2-2 draw against Stevenage last Saturday.

They are welcomed by fellow strugglers Newport, who are four points and two places to the better. County are unbeaten in four, with two wins and two draws that has seen them move away from the bottom. Without a league win at home, John Sheridan’s side have a golden chance to put that stat right.

Another team in danger is York as they are a mere two points and one place above the drop. City are another team without a league win since September 5th, more than two months ago. New boss Jackie McNamara has not been able to turn the club’s fortunes around, suffering three defeats since he took over at the start of the November, including two league losses.

They visit Leyton Orient who have rather different ambitions. After five straight league wins, Orient have followed with only two victories in 12 more attempts. Still in the play-offs on goal difference, the players and staff have been forced to live in a hotel this week to try and stop the rot. A home game against York is an ample opportunity to turn their fortunes around.

Carlisle have faced an uphill battle to even get their fixture to go ahead, but even though the river Petteril used Brunton Park as a reservoir the club have still managed to clear all of the standing water. Bravo to the staff for their hard work.

Burton Albion vs Carlisle Utd Skybet League Division 2 @The Pirelli Stadium 15th April 2015Photo: Steve Parkin Carlisle's  Boss Keith Curle

Keith Curle’s Carlisle will be looking to perform as well as their ground staff

On the pitch, the going for United has been mixed, with results against opponents further up the table faltering. Currently 10th on 26 points, their last two losses were to Northampton and Bristol Rovers, both with similar promotion ambitions.

However, they may have a chance against a Portsmouth side that has lost its way recently. Without a league win in four, Pompey are losing ground on the top-three, and are nine points behind leaders Plymouth.

Mansfield have also suffered a dip in form which has seen them lose their last two fixtures in the division. Still in sixth on 26 points, successive defeats to Wycombe and Northampton has seen the Stags fall further away from the automatic promotion places.

Hartlepool are their opponents, and with a 3-1 victory against Leyton Orient last weekend they will believe they can take a share of the spoils. The result kept Ronnie Moore’s side in 19th position but increased the gap to the relegation zone to 10 points.

Northampton have taken 10 points from the last 12, and are third on 31 points, seven behind Plymouth. Their away form has left a lot to be desired however, with just three wins in eight attempts.

They have a brilliant chance to improve the statistic when they travel to Notts County. County are unbeaten in four, including a victory against Portsmouth in their last league outing, but are looking to bounce back from their shock FA Cup exit at Salford in their most recent match, a fortnight ago. They are currently 15th on 22 points, just four away from a coveted play-off spot.

League Two Matches (3:00pm):
Barnet vs Morecambe
Cambridge vs Accrington
Carlisle vs Portsmouth
Crawley vs Bristol Rovers
Dag & Red vs Oxford Utd
Leyton Orient vs York
Mansfield vs Hartlepool
Newport vs Yeovil
Notts County vs Northampton
Plymouth vs Exeter
Stevenage vs Luton
Wimbledon vs Wycombe

 
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