Vanarama National League action returns to Meadow Lane on Saturday as Notts County host an in-form Sutton United.
The Magpies will move within touching distance of the play-off places with a win, while Sutton United will be hoping to widen the gap between them and the relegation zone.
County, who will be hoping to bounce back after their FA Cup 2nd round defeat to Northampton on the weekend, will also be looking to improve their disappointing league form after no wins in their previous four games.
Despite their league position, Sutton come into this clash as favourites with three wins in their last four league games – all of these victories coming against teams further up in the table. A win at Meadow Lane would close the gap between the two teams to just four points, a worry for County who are hoping to secure promotion back to the Football League.
The Magpies’ season seems to be rapidly deteriorating. They’ve conceded 14 goals in their last 6 games. An unwanted statistic for a team that had the best defensive record in the league prior to their defeat to Chesterfield. County boss Neil Ardley acknowledges his team’s shortcomings defensively – “There is nothing wrong with our attacking play, we’re just conceding silly goals.”
Although County have been struggling defensively, the problem facing their opponents is quite the opposite. Only Chorley have a worse goal-scoring record than Sutton this season, with the South London club managing just 25 goals from 23 league games.
The reverse fixture in September saw the points shared in a 1-1 draw. However based each team’s form, a stalemate isn’t to be expected.