Burton Albion have the best home record in npower League 2 and this Saturday they host Exeter City, who have the second best away record in the division, at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers, who sit fourth, have racked up 11 wins on home turf this term, with only Aldershot Town and Fleetwood Town coming away from the Pirelli with three points.

Gary Rowett's men beat the Cod Army in the return fixture last weekend, though, and that result was the most recent in a good run of form - they are without a defeat since a mid-January loss to Northampton Town.

Around 400 Albion fans made the journey to the Lancashire coast last weekend, and 38-year-old Rowett was happy with the atmosphere, and wants to see it happen at home this weekend.

He told Burton Mail: "If we can create that party atmosphere at the Pirelli it'd be great.

"We should all celebrate what we've achieved so far and we've got the ambition to go even further.

"There's a really good atmosphere about the place at the moment and everyone connected to Burton should be proud.

"What you'll see on a Saturday is a wholehearted performance for the club and for the fans. They're a really committed and honest bunch of players.

"It's only beneficial if the fans can get behind us. They can make a huge difference to the players with their support and I think that's key."

Exeter are just a single point behind Burton, but are down in seventh. However, a win could be enough to see them move into the automatic promotion places, although they would need other results to go their way.

And they will be confident of registering a victory, too, with 32 of their 52 points this season coming away from home.

Saturday's match is the first in a series of games for the Grecians against their promotion rivals, and striker John O'Flynn believes it is a vital period.

"It comes down to how well you do against the teams in and amongst you and this will be the test for us in March," the Irishman commented to the Exeter Express and Echo.

"The way the season has gone, we have had some decent performances and have a good record against the teams in and around us - the so-called better teams - and long may that continue."


Morecambe and Bristol Rovers are the two form sides in League 2, both taking 13 points from their last six games, and they meet at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps' good run of results has seen them move up to 10th and they are now only seven points short of the Play-Offs, with any previous fear of relegation now firmly eradicated.

And it's starting to look that way for the Pirates, too, who were embroiled in a relegation battle before John Ward took over at the Memorial Stadium in mid-December.

They are now 18th and although they are only six points above the drop zone, Rovers are certainly looking up rather than down.

Ward's men suffered their first defeat in six last time out, losing 2-1 to Rotherham United, but the 61-year-old is looking for his team to put that behind them immediately.

The manager told "Defeat happens, and you have to bounce back, this is not a unique situation.

"The last time we lost, against Gillingham, we bounced back very well, and we have to put that experience to good use again.

"We have handled ourselves well, despite the defeat on Tuesday we have looked back over the games we have played in recent weeks and we have handled ourselves well against teams that have been playing well.

"We are quite capable of going up there and handling ourselves well. With our performances I think we have gained a lot of respect from our opponents, which is what we have to continue to do."

Morecambe come into the clash with four wins from their last five, the latest being 1-0 triumph away to second-placed Port Vale.

Boss Jim Bentley was pleased with that hard-fought victory but insists he won't be getting distracted by any talk of a late push for the Play-Offs.

"Saturday's win [against Port Vale] was a fantastic one and I was proud of the lads for their effort and determination," the former defender explained to The Visitor.

"They put their bodies on the line to get the three points and maintain our good run of form.

"I was asked at the weekend about did I think we could make the Play-Offs but I am not even looking at that.

"I just want us to take every game as it comes and we will see where that puts us."


With third-placed Rotherham United not in action this weekend, a number of teams have the chance to overtake them and move into the automatic promotion spots, and one of those is Cheltenham Town, who face struggling Accrington Stanley.

The Robins sit fifth, on 53 points, and have become the division's draw specialists over recent weeks with five of their last eight matches ending level.

They will certainly be hopeful of three points this weekend against a troubled Accrington, though, who have slipped into the bottom two following a run of six games without a win.

Northampton Town are the other team that could be sitting third come full-time and they are also up against a team battling at the bottom - Plymouth Argyle.

The Cobblers have won their last five games at home, while the Pilgrims lost against Oxford United in their last outing, following two wins and two draws. They are level on points with the two teams in the relegation zone, so will be hungry to pick up a much-needed victory at Sixfields.

AFC Wimbledon are the other team in the drop zone and they take their two-game unbeaten run to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Leaders Gillingham and second-placed Port Vale will continue their battle for top spot and they face Chesterfield and Torquay United respectively.

The Gulls will have former Bury boss Alan Knill in the dugout for the first time against the Valiants, as he was appointed as interim manager at Plainmoor this week.

Torquay have lost four on the bounce and that has seen them dragged into the relegation mire. Aldershot Town and Barnet lie directly beneath the Devon outfit in the table and they are at home to Fleetwood Town and Rochdale respectively.

It's been a good week for Southend United as they booked their place at Wembley Stadium for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final against npower League 1 Crewe Alexandra, and they will want to continue that positivity against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

The Chairboys, meanwhile, tasted defeat for the first time in six last weekend and will want to get back to winning ways immediately.

The remaining match in npower League 2 this weekend sees 13th-placed Oxford United host York City, who haven't won since New Year's Day.

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