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Vital Preview - League 2, 14th April 2017

Vital Preview - League 2, 14th April 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games to start this Easter weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Previous results

Saturday 8th April 2017 - LEAGUE TWO
Accrington Stanley 3-2 Crewe Alexandra 15:00
Barnet 0-1 Luton Town 15:00
Blackpool 1-3 Grimsby Town 15:00
Cambridge United 3-0 Leyton Orient 15:00
Carlisle United 1-2 Notts County 15:00
Colchester United 4-0 Stevenage 15:00
Crawley Town 1-2 Plymouth Argyle 15:00
Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Mansfield Town 15:00
Exeter City 0-1 Newport County 15:00
Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United 15:00
Portsmouth 3-1 Yeovil Town 15:00
Wycombe Wanderers 3-3 Cheltenham Town 15:00

What will happen in this one though? Cast your vote so we know if you think it'll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.

Fixtures

Friday 14th April 2017 - LEAGUE TWO
Portsmouth v Plymouth Argyle 14:30
Blackpool v Accrington Stanley 15:00
Colchester United v Doncaster Rovers 15:00
Crawley Town v Cheltenham Town 15:00
Crewe Alexandra v Notts County 15:00
Exeter City v Barnet 15:00
Grimsby Town v Cambridge United 15:00
Hartlepool United v Carlisle United 15:00
Luton Town v Leyton Orient 15:00
Newport County v Yeovil Town 15:00
Stevenage v Morecambe 15:00
Wycombe Wanderers v Mansfield Town 15:00

The action will get underway on Good Friday, in a slightly early kick off of 2:30pm, at Fratton Park when promotion rivals Portsmouth, third, and Plymouth, second, do battle, which could be a good choice of words... Victory for Pompey - looking to avenge the play-off defeat last season - would close the gap on their visitors to a point. On the other hand, a Pilgrims victory on the south coast and they'll not only probably secure promotion but the near certainty of finishing as runners up to Doncaster too - both should finish in the top three regardless.

Blackpool and Accrington still have plenty to play for when they meet. Should Pools end successive defeats with a win they could move back into the play-off positions? Whereas Stanley's amazing run has taken them from a relegation battle to a potential play-off place - victory at Bloomfield Road and they could be within a point of the top-seven.

With Colchester still pushing for a place in the play-offs they aren't going to give Doncaster - already confirmed as going up - an easy right at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Donny should win the championship but a defeat against the U's and Plymouth/Portsmouth could still have designs in catching them?

Crawley are virtually safe and Cheltenham should be but both will seek the points to make absolutely certain.

Successive defeats has seen Crewe drop down the table a bit but Alexandra will be in the Football League next season as will visitors Notts County - they seek a fifth straight win in a very impressive end to the campaign under Kevin Nolan.

Exeter can't afford another slip up at St James Park as this could cost them a top-seven place. Barnet, 16th, head to Devon having won just once in the last 10 so the signs are positive for the Grecians - then again they did lose to second-bottom Newport last time out...

The Football League return of Grimsby will see them finish around midtable. Success? Not for some as they sacked Marcus Bignot this week replacing him with Russell Slade - his third job of the season, he was sacked in his previous two! - for a second spell. Lay-off hopefuls Cambridge will be his first opponent at Blundell Park.

A Hartlepool defeat coupled with a Newport win and Poolie could swap places with the Exiles, dropping into the relegation zone. Carlisle's miserable form of late makes this a tough one to call but the Cumbrians would keep a top-seven place - whatever other results - should they win at Victory Park.

Luton, third, seek a hat trick of successive wins to consolidate a top-seven place, retaining an outside chance of an automatic place. As bottom-side Leyton Orient have lost nine of the last 10 these chances would seem quite high - another Orient defeat and the already likely relegation out of the Football League could be confirmed on Easter Monday.

If second-bottom Newport can record a third successive win over visiting Yeovil - who have won just once in the last 10 - they could move out of the relegation zone should Hartlepool, 22nd, slip up.

Stevenage's automatic promotion hopes all but died last weekend after a horror show of a first half against Colchester. Still, Boro are looking good for a top-seven finish with these chances improved with a victory over Morecambe - without a win in nine.

It's possible, but not that likely, a Wycombe win over play-off chasing rivals Mansfield could take the Chairboys into the top-seven on goal difference? However, it would require a set of results, which might not even be possible? The Stags - beaten in four of their last six - are in 14th-place but only four points off the play-off places.

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We'll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we're looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don't just look also have a say. We don't just want your vote, which you can do to the right; we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday April 13 2017
Time: 12:00PM

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19 Yeovil 45 11 17 17 50 -13
20 Cheltenham 45 12 14 19 50 -15
21 Crawley 45 13 11 21 50 -18
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