The MK Dons have been in impressive form in recent weeks to move themselves up to second-place and within a win of leaders Lincoln. Despite a 3-1 defeat at Grimsby in the FA Cup last weekend, MK have lost just once in the league all season, an away defeat at Lincoln, and boast the meanest defence in the division.
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In contrast, their visitors are having a miserable season. After clinching the National League title last season to gain promotion, Macclesfield lost their manager over the summer and a number of key player’s that helped them get up went with him. They have struggled as a result, having won just once all season.
Head to head record
The MK Dons and Macclesfield have met just three times previously. Their first encounter finished as a 3-3 draw at the Moss Rose in a League Two game back in 2007, before a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in the same season. The sides only other meeting was an FA Cup match in 2009, which MK won 1-0 at home.
MK Dons are in such good form this feels like a bit of a mismatch, so it is hard to see anything other than a home win, which will see MK move to the top of League Two. Macclesfield are struggling to score, so against the best defence in the division look like drawing a blank again. MK should be far too good based on current form.
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Newport County v Colchester United
A big game at the top of League Two takes place at Rodney Parade, as sixth-placed Newport County welcome third-placed Colchester United. As part of our league 2 betting tips, our accumulator betting tips this weekend feature Newport County.
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Newport looked destined for relegation last season until they went on an incredible run to escape the drop on the final day. Manager, Michael Flynn, has been able to carry that momentum into this season, and they are surprising a few sides with their current league position.
Colchester are in solid form, having won four of their last five games in the league, three of them by a 1-0 score line. They are defensively strong but are also the second highest scorers in the division, which makes them very dangerous opposition, especially on the road.
Head to head record
This will be the 51st meeting between the two clubs, who faced each other a lot during the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. There was then a 28 year gap between 1988 and 2016, once Newport had re-joined the league, but Colchester have held the upper hand in recent meetings. The overall record stands at 13 wins for Newport, 23 wins for Colchester and 14 draws.
Newport come into this game without a win in four league games, having conceded nine times in that run. Colchester in contrast have ground out 1-0 wins when they’ve needed to and the same could be on the cards this Saturday.
Colchester to win 1-0 is 8/1 with MansionBet
Get Colchester to win and under 2.5 goals @5/1 with Betfair
Crewe Alexandra v Tranmere Rovers
Newly promoted Tranmere are having a fantastic season back in the football league and currently sit in fourth place in League Two. They make the short trip to face Crewe who are down in 18th-place.
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Home side, Crewe, are having an indifferent season and are currently struggling for wins and goals. They come into the game off the back of four straight defeats in all competitions, scoring just once in that time.
Tranmere have won their last two league games in emphatic style at home, 5-1 against Crawley and a 2-0 success against promotion rivals Exeter. They narrowly avoided being knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend by non-league Oxford City, salvaging a 3-3 draw, but it is clear they have goals in their locker.
Head to head record
These sides first met in 1921 and have had a rivalry ever since. Saturday will be the 136th meeting of the clubs, but the first league meeting since 2014. The sides have already met this season in the Football League Trophy, a game that Crewe won 4-3 at Tranmere. The overall record between them stands at 44 wins for Crewe, 58 wins for Tranmere and 33 draws.
Even though Crewe are struggling to score, a local derby can spark them into life in front of goal. That said, Tranmere have brought a strong squad up with them from the National League and have been able to build on it. Expect goals and we see the away side coming away from Gresty Road with a point at the very least.
Tranmere to win and both teams to score is 7/2 with Novibet
Get over 3.5 goals in the game @5/2 with Betfair