Tuesday 13th February – Stand out League Two fixtures

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After bringing you a preview of the stand out fixtures in League One on Tuesday night, Football League Scout picks out and previews the 5 fixtures to look out for in League Two.

Wycombe vs Swindon 

The standout fixture comes from Buckinghamshire, with 3rd place Wycombe Wanderers hosting promotion rivals, 5th placed Swindon Town. Wycombe are the form side in the division, the only side to be unbeaten in their last five games, and as a result sit in the automatic promotion places. They would be going into this game in second place, but for a draw with Exeter at the weekend ending their near perfect run. Swindon are just two points behind them however, and victory will see them leapfrog the Chairboys. Swindon strengthened well in January, bringing in veteran goal-scorer Marc Richards, and David Flitcroft’s side were victorious over fellow promotion contenders Mansfield at the weekend, so will be looking to make it two out of two and continue their climb up the table. A huge game in terms of the promotion set-up, as just 3 points separates 3 and 6th, so defeat for Wycombe could see them fall as far at 6th, whereas Swindon could drop to 7th and only be in a play-off position by 1 point with a defeat.

Colchester vs Coventry 

Like League One, there is a large number of teams looking to get into the play-off spots, with 12th place Newport County only 6 points off. Two of these sides are Colchester United and Coventry City, who go head to head at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The hosts Colchester sit in 11th place, just 5 points off the play-offs, with Coventry in 9th, two points off the play-offs. The Sky Blues have lost their last two games, so will desperate to get back on track and not fall further adrift. Colchester will see this one as a great opportunity to continue their mini unbeaten run, leapfrog Coventry and re-ignite their play-off push, so this one looks an intriguing fixture.

Accrington Stanley vs Crewe Alexandra 

A third game to look out for is a classic top vs bottom encounter between Accrington Stanley and Crewe Alexandra. Accrington are the nearest side to matching Wycombe’s form, with 4 wins in their last 5 games, a run which has lifted them to second in the table, looking real deal for promotion in the process. They host a Crewe side in dismal form, with just one point in their last 5 games, and all of a sudden facing a battle for Football League survival, as they are just three points above the dotted line. On paper this looks like it has all the hallmarks of a game where Accrington will be looking to grab a few goals and increase the all-important goal-difference stat, however history has shown that when a side are fighting for their lives, shock results can happen. It will be intriguing to see whether this one goes with, or against, the form books.

With Wycombe and Swindon facing each other, this is a real chance for Stanley to cement their position in the automatic promotion spots, and open up a bit of breathing space from the chasing pack.

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Chesterfield vs Cambridge 

So with Crewe in danger of losing again, that opens the door for the sides around them to heap the pressure on, starting with Chesterfield, who host managerless Cambridge United. A dismal run of late saw Shaun Derry lose his job as Cambridge manager, so for any side, this looks like a great time to face them, especially for a side desperate for points. Chesterfield are currently the side joining Barnet in the relegation zone, and have lost their previous two home games, to Crawley and Stevenage, yet will be fresh from having their Saturday fixture away at Morecambe postponed due to water-logged pitch. One moth ago to the day, Chesterfield produced arguably shock of the season as they beat run-away leaders Luton Town 2-0, so they can pull off results. On paper, this looks like a fantastic chance for Chesterfield to get back on the track for survival.

Forest Green vs Stevenage 

The other side at the heart of the relegation battle is Forest Green Rovers, who again missed action on Saturday due to waterlogged pitch at Newport. The up and down form which Rovers have experienced this season has contributed to t a relegation battle, as they haven’t been able to get any momentum going. The youngest club in the Football League will be keeping one eye on development at the Proact and at Accrington, whilst also paying attention to Stevenage, the side they host. Stevenage are winless in their last three and are cruising along safely in mid-table, with no real danger of relegation, nor a realistic possibility of achieving the play-offs, so Forest Green must see this as one they have a strong chance of winning.

With Forest Green and Chesterfield having extremely winnable fixtures, Crewe facing a mountainous task, and Morecambe not in action, the bottom of the League Two table could look extremely different at the end of play Tuesday night, as the race for Football League survival heats up.