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Oxford not to beat Plymouth

Oxford manager Karl Robinson admitted recently that his side “hate” playing at the Kassam Stadium, hardly inspiring much confidence for those intending to back them to beat Plymouth on Saturday.

The U’s are on a dreadful run at home, losing all of their last five matches. Home and away, their winless run extends to eight games in all competitions.

Plymouth backed up a creditable 1-1 draw at Barnsley with their first win of the season against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, so are well placed to pick up at least a point here.

Carlisle not to beat Morecambe

Carlisle have lost three consecutive home matches to nil, most recently going down 1-0 to struggling Grimsby.

John Sheridan’s side are rated as the third-worst attacking team in League Two by Experimental361 (before the defeat to Grimsby and a 3-1 win at Oldham), and take on in-form opposition.

Morecambe are recovering from a bad start to the season, losing just one of their last four matches – a 3-4 defeat to Tranmere that was decided in the 89th minute.

Jim Bentley’s side have scored twice in four of their last five away games, so they’re a great bet to take advantage of their hosts’ blunt attack.

Colchester not to beat Crawley

Crawley are in good enough nick that they should pose a strong challenge to Colchester’s decent home form.

The visitors have won four of their six matches under new manager Gabriele Cioffi, including an impressive away win at league-leaders Lincoln and a narrow defeat at in-form Forest Green.

Colchester have won four of their six home league games this season, but they have all come against bottom-half opposition. Their game with Bury – the only top-half team that they have faced at the Weston Holmes Community Stadium – ended in defeat.

Newport not to beat Stevenage

Newport’s 3-3 draw with strugglers Macclesfield in their last home match is indicative of a defensive record that was bound to catch up with them eventually.

The Welsh side have conceded 11 goals in their last three matches at the Newport Stadium overall, including a 6-0 defeat to Yeovil, and come up against a side going under the radar in League Two.

The visitors have lost just two of their last six away matches, with the most recent of those a 1-0 reverse at second-place Exeter.

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