League Two Preview: Burton eye Fleetwood scalp, leaders Oxford head to Torquay
By Football News
New-look Burton Albion travel to second-placed Fleetwood Town on Saturday as two of League Two’s unbeaten sides prepare to clash.
Burton manager Gary Rowett has been particularly active during the close-season to bring in a raft of new signings, including the experienced Rory Delap from Stoke City.
And Rowett will be delighted with how his new recruits have settled so quickly as Burton have won one and drawn one in the league as well as dumping Sheffield United out of the League Cup.
Only goal difference separates Fleetwood and leaders Oxford United after the Lancashire club beat Plymouth Argyle on their travels and Dagenham and Redbridge at home in their opening two games.
High-flying Chesterfield also have maximum points on the board and make the short trip to Rochdale, who lost last time out at Burton 1-0 and will be without suspended captain Peter Cavanagh.
Cavanagh was handed a three-match ban following his seventh-minute dismissal against Burton for a reckless challenge.
Southend United, who are beset by financial struggles, are the league’s other side to boast a 100 per cent win record and Phil Brown’s men welcome last season’s beaten play-off finalists Northampton Town to Roots Hall.
Bristol Rovers travel across the Severn Bridge to Football League new-boys Newport County aiming to build on their first league point of the campaign against Scunthorpe United.
The Welsh outfit’s manager Justin Edinburgh has signed Derby County defender Tom Naylor to cover for Byron Anthony (broken leg) on a six-month loan deal.
Portsmouth will be desperate to secure their first win of the season at the third time of asking away at Morecambe, who are brimming with confidence following two positive results after knocking Wolves out the League Cup and drawing against Torquay United.
Torquay have ended all-square in their two League Two games and will have their work cut out to end that winless streak against leaders Oxford.
Consecutive league defeats have left Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan under pressure to end the slump in fortunes against Cheltenham Town, for whom 17-year-old winger Zack Kotwica signed professional terms this week after impressing manager Mark Yates.
Both Exeter City and AFC Wimbledon have collected four points from their opening two matches and face each other.
Dagenham bounced back from their defeat to Fleetwood by beating York City 2-0 last weekend and next up is a trip to Scunthorpe.
Elsewhere, Wycombe Wanderers will strive to keep up Mansfield Town’s miserable record of not having scored a goal this season in any competition.
Bury have lost both matches so far this season, but will be hopeful of getting up and running at home against relegation-tipped Accrington Stanley, while York entertain bottom-placed Hartlepool.