League Two Predictions: Gameweek 19

John-Joe O'Toole

John-Joe O’Toole

Promotion contenders Luton look to bounce back from defeat to Burton when they host Mansfield, who have started well under caretaker boss Adam Murray. Plymouth look to avenge their 4-0 loss to York back in February with an 8th home win of the season, while John-Joe O’Toole will have his first game on loan at Southend against his parent club, Northampton.

Luton v Mansfield

Luton were slightly unlucky to lose 1-0 at Burton last week. They controlled much of the 1st half, and after conceding early in the 2nd, they put their opponents under a lot of pressure. The substitutes, Ricky Miller and Pelly Ruddock-M’Penza led to an increased tempo when they came on, but the Hatters perhaps missed top scorer Mark Cullen. Luton got the ball into the box and caused problems plenty of times, but lacked a clinical goalscorer to capitalize on their dominance. Mansfield have had a good start to life with caretaker manager Adam Murray. Fans were unhappy with the long ball football played under Paul Cox, but from the highlights of their 1-0 win against Plymouth last week, we can see an immediate improvement. They are passing it around much better than they had done previously, and in Reggie Lambe, they seem to have a player who possesses lightening pace, and quality on the ball. Mansfield will be on a high for this match, and this blog will back them to take a point.

Plymouth v York

This fixture back in February ended in a 4-0 win for York City, a result which catalysed a long unbeaten run for the Minstermen, who went from battling relegation to finishing in the play-offs. This season promises to be a little less dramatic for York, who are League Two’s draw specialists, with 9 so this season. They stand a good chance of getting some more wins with forward Diego De Girolamo, who scored 3 goals from 4 in his previous spell at Bootham Crescent, returning on loan. Plymouth are thankful for the return of a loanee themselves. Midfielder Bobby Reid impressed in his 7 games for Argyle previously, and was involved in a lot of their goals, with his pace and direct running a key feature. York will have to travel 335 miles for this match, and given that Plymouth have won 7 of their 9 home games this season, home advantage could be key.

Southend v Northampton

Southend have loaned in midfielder John-Joe O’Toole from Northampton who, ironically, are their next opponents. O’Toole scored 15 goals from midfield for relegated Bristol Rovers last season, but he is very much a luxury player, and seems to have endured strained relations with Northampton boss Chris Wilder, due to his poor defensive contribution. Southend however, could simply do with his goals, because they are not getting them from their strikers. Phil Brown wants to get Southend playing good football through midfield, but at the moment, that does not seem to be suiting their target man, Barry Corr, who has scored just 3 goals this season. In spite of goalscoring problems, Southend have narrowly won their last 3 league games, while Northampton have lost their last 5 away from home.