Two of the top teams in League Two go head-to-head this weekend as Mansfield hosts Notts County. Their form has dropped off recently, but the Stags will hope to repeat the reverse 4-1 victory over the Magpies.
Mansfield’s form as of late has been slightly concerning, as their goal for the season will be to guarantee a spot in League One. They’ve now won their last four matches, with last weekend’s 2-1 defeat being the latest disappointing result. However, in fairness to the Stags, an early red card did decide the outcome.
Nonetheless, they’re still third in the league with 13 wins and just three defeats in 28 games. Mansfield have conceded the fewest goals in the whole league, with an average goal conceded of 0.86. They’re also among the best at scoring, netting 1.68 goals per game.
Just like Mansfield, Notts County’s form has dropped off recently, as they haven’t won in their last three. Last time out, the Magpies were held to a 1-1 home draw against Barrow, and although the hosts had 79% of the ball, the visitors could have snatched the win.
A lack of consistency has really affected Notts County this season, with their record standing at 13 wins and ten defeats in 28 games. The reason for their success is their pure firepower in attack, which has seen them score the joint-most in the league, 61, but they’ve also suffered 53, which is the third-worst defensive record.
Mansfield have only lost once at home all season, whereas Notts County have lost seven of their 13 away games.
It’s difficult to see the Stags losing this game, and they could just have enough to claim all three points.
The final prediction is Mansfield 2-1 Notts County.