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PREVIEW | Sky Bet League Two – 9th March 2019

Permeutations explained ahead of this afternoon's League Two fixtures.

Cheltenham Town can take another massive stride towards League Two survival later this afternoon when they host basement boys Notts County.

The Robins have been in imperious form at the Jonny Rocks Stadium lately – winning four and drawing one of their last five in Gloucestershire – and another three points this time out would take them up to 45 points with nine matches remaining.

Amassing 47 points would have been enough to secure safety in four of the last five seasons. Only Bristol Rovers (50 points) went down with more in 2013/14.

The visiting Magpies face being cut further adrift at the foot of the table and a defeat could see them eight points away from safety come the end of the day.

Forest Green Rovers, meanwhile, are one of a potential six teams that could find themselves in the play-offs at 5pm this evening.

Mark Cooper’s team occupy the final play-off position ahead of travelling to strugglers Morecambe and know defeat could put them in ninth if other results go against them.

A win for the Green Devils, however, could put them up to 6th so a potentially important day for the Nailsworth outfit in their quest to reach League One for the first time in their history.

At the top of the table, Bury FC will be hoping to close the gap on runaway leaders Lincoln City when they go to Stevenage.

The Imps stretched their lead at the top to five points thanks to Mark O’Hara’s late winner last night against Yeovil Town so the Shakers will know only three points will be an adequate response when they travel to Hertfordshire.

Battling both Lincoln City and Bury FC for top spot is Mansfield Town, who have seemingly arrested some recent poor form with back-to-back victories over the past few weekends.

They’ll be looking over their shoulders when travelling to Port Vale, however, knowing MK Dons will be waiting to pounce on any slip-up when they go to relegation threatened Macclesfield Town.

Paul Tisdale’s men have won their last four League Two outings and will know a win – twinned with a defeat for Mansfield – would put them back in the automatic promotion spots for the first time in two months.

If MK Dons do find a way to win in Cheshire that’ll mean Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield – who are already six without a win – could be cast seven points away from a miraculous survival escape after an initially terrible start to the campaign.

There are also two matches this afternoon that will have a massive say in who finishes in the play-offs come May 4th.

Colchester United slipped out of the top-seven last weekend following a third successive match without victory and they host Newport County AFC, who are still within touching distance of the promotion places themselves despite residing in 12th.

Carlisle United are another who could move into the play-offs with a victory, although visitors Swindon Town head to Cumbria harbouring their own top-seven ambitions and know three points would keep them in contention.

Elsewhere in League Two, Northampton Town host Exeter City in the day’s early kick-off (2pm) while Cambridge United host Oldham Athletic and Crawley Town face Grimsby Town.

In last night’s other fixture, James Norwood’s 26th goal of the campaign was enough to give Tranmere Rovers a slender 1-0 home success over Crewe Alexandra.

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