League Two leaders Northampton took a massive step towards promotion with a midweek 1-0 victory away against fellow high-flyers Oxford, taking them eight points clear at the summit.
Town have had some financial troubles off the pitch that are under investigation, but on the pitch the Cobblers have been imperious with eight straight league victories. Their opponents this weekend are Wycombe, who are fifth. Gareth Ainsworth’s men are six points off of the automatic promotion places.
After the damaging defeat, third-placed Oxford slipped 12 points behind Northampton and they face another huge clash on Saturday when they host fourth-placed Accrington.
The U’s will miss their captain Jake Wright in this crunch match due to a hamstring tear. Stanley are six points behind their opponents and have taken 24 points on their travels, and they having two games in hand on those above them.
Plymouth are second and host mid-table Crawley Town at Home Park, and they will be buoyed by the fact that they have taken 29 points from their 16 games at home to date.
With six defeats in eight, Town seem safe from relegation but quite a distance from the play-offs, and off the pitch the Reds are close to a takeover by a Turkish investor, which could help a promotion push next season.
Yeovil moved back into the relegation zone after a crushing loss to Hartlepool last time out, but are still just two points from safety.
Town have extended Bournemouth striker Harry Cornick’s loan spell until mid-March which could help the struggling side’s chances of safety. Portsmouth are the visitors to Huish Park this weekend having secured a mighty 3-1 victory against fellow play-off hopefuls Bristol Rovers, and Pompey will want to cement their position in the top-seven.
Mansfield, who occupy the final play-off place, take on the Football League’s bottom side, Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Daggers have fallen six points from safety in the bottom-two after three successive defeats.
John Still’s men have taken 16 points on the road though, but just four at home which has been their major problem.
York secured successive victories last Saturday and again in midweek, against Notts County and Exeter respectively. The vital six points jumped them above Yeovil and up to 22nd, a further point behind Hartlepool.
City have the worst away record in the league with just eight points and one win from 15 games though. Cambridge are their hosts this weekend, and Shaun Derry’s men have only won two of their last seven.
Elsewhere, Exeter host Newport in the early kick-off on Saturday, Barnet welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Hive, Bristol Rovers will look to reignite their push for promotion when Morecambe are the visitors to the Memorial Stadium, Carlisle host Stevenage, Hartlepool make the long trip south to Luton, and Notts County welcome Leyton Orient to Meadow Lane in a clash that was a League One fixture last term.
League Two Fixtures (3pm unless stated)
Exeter City vs Newport County (13:00)
Barnet vs AFC Wimbledon
Bristol Rovers vs Morecambe
Cambridge United vs York City
Carlisle United vs Stevenage
Crawley Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Luton Town vs Hartlepool United
Mansfield Town vs Dagenham & Redbridge
Northampton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Notts County vs Leyton Orient
Oxford United vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth