More agony for Oldham, Crewe go marching on: Our League Two expert examines the weekend ahead

With the majority of teams now having played thirteen games, the League Two table is starting to take shape and this weekend throws up some intriguing fixtures for teams at both ends of the table.

Bradford City will be looking to cement their promotion credentials when they host Crawley Town. The Bantams will be boosted by the return from suspension of centre-back Ben Richards-Everton and go into the game full of confidence having won their last three outings at Valley Parade. Crawley travel north having won one of their previous five matches but that did come last time out in an impressive 2-1 home win over an in-form Colchester side. The Red Devils have only lost two on the road this season, but Bradford should still be too strong, and a home win looks the most likely outcome.

Another interesting fixture sees last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists clash at the New Lawn. Forest Green appear to have shaken off the last season’s hangover quicker than Mansfield Town. Rovers currently sit fourth having lost just once in their previous five, a defeat which came last time out at fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter City. Dayle Grubb is out of this one through injury, but they are expected to welcome back Liam Sheppard.

77% of Forest Green’s games have yielded under three-match goals, and they take on a Mansfield side who banged in six goals last weekend. It was an excellent return to form for the Stags who have endured a difficult start to the campaign with boss John Dempster under massive pressure, but their form is improving. The 6-1 win over Oldham came after a decent 1-0 win away at Grimsby Town and means Dempster’s men go into the game looking for their third win in a row for the first time since January. Hayden White and Ryan Sweeney miss this one through suspension but Matt Preston returns showing the strength in depth Dempster has in his locker, and we feel the return to form of last week’s hat-trick hero Nicky Maynard could be crucial in helping the Stags to an away win.

We’ve picked three more tasty encounters this weekend, hoping to find you one home win, one away win and one draw.

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