Stockport will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of League Two as they are set to travel to Rodney Parade to take on Newport county at 3:00 on Saturday.
Newport currently find themselves in 20th place in the League Two table after gaining just 19 points from their 18 league games so far this campaign. This has come following 5 victories 4 draws and 9 defeats.
In their last league outing, Newport were comfortably defeated by Mansfield thanks to a Davis Keillor-Dunn's brace. Keillor-Dunn capitalised on Newport's defensive error to fire home his tenth goal of the season in the fourth minute before doubling his lead in the 72nd minute with a composed finish. Mansfield controlled the match from start to finish and Newport only managed to muster two shots on target.
After a remarkable start to their season, stockport currently find themselves at the summit of the League Two table, having amassed 41 points from their 18 league games so far this season. This has come following 13 wins, 2 draws and three defeats.
Stockport come into this weekend on the back of an impressive run of form which has seen them record 12 successive victories in the league, enabling them to create a six point gap at the top of the table.
Last time out, the Hatters secured another comfortable victory as they beat Colchester 2-0. Paddy Madden opened the scoring for the hosts in the 32nd minute, with a header from close range after a cross from Callum Hippolyte.
Ryan Johnson doubled Stockport's lead in the 65th minute, tapping home from close range after a cross from Ben Wootton. Colchester United struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the match, and Stockport saw out the win comfortably to claim all three points.
Newport County AFC and Stockport County FC, fondly known as the '-Port Counties', have a long and storied rivalry in English football, dating back to their first meeting in the Football League Third Division South in 1931.
The two sides have clashed in a total of 84 matches across all competitions, with Stockport holding a slight edge in the head-to-head record, winning 33 matches compared to Newport's 27, with the remaining 24 encounters ending in draws.
Their most recent meeting came in April in last year’s League Two campaign where Stockport recorded a comfortable victory. Kyle Wootton scored two goals for Stockport, with Jack Stretton and Kyle Knoyle also scoring. The win moved Stockport up to second place in the table however they were unable to gain promotion.
Unsurprisingly, given the respective form of these two sides, it is Stockport who are favoured at the bookies and are currently priced @ 8/13, whilst a home win for Newport is priced @ 19/5 and a draw is @ 3/1.
We are backing Isaac Olaofe to score first as he has shown some impressive form so far this season. Olafoe has netted 11 goals in 18 appearances so far this season and is one of the main contenders to score in this clash.