This is an important game for both Fleetwood Town and Swindon Twon as both teams are struggling at the foot of the Sky Bet League Two table.
Fleetwood go into the game having lost their last two games and have only won twice in ten games.
Swindon however made an encouraging start for their new manager Martin Ling in front of their own fans, securing a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United which lifted them out of the drop zone. That was their first win since their 3-1 victory over Crewe on September 5th.
This is an early season six-pointer.
Ling has come in to try and inject some confidence in the squad after a torrid time, and Steven Pressley’s men are showing some encouraging signs, but are not picking up the points.
A relegation scrap, in which both sides will look to attack their opposition’s frail defence, and FootballLeagueWorld writer identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s clash…
1) Swindon’s danger men
Extending the loan of Ben Gladwin was an important one, and could turn out to be a vital decision.
Gladwin has made eight appearances for the club this season and he brings quality to the side.
The other player is Nicky Ajose, who is proving to be a real bargain for the club after the Robins signed him for a free transfer in the summer.
Fleetwood will really have to be alert when he gets on the ball. He is Swindon’s top scorer and helped Swindon record their first win since September.
2) Relegation scrap
A win for either of these sides could see them climb further away from the relegation zone.
The clubs are separated by just one point.
A point would not be good enough for either of these sides and considering Swindon were play-off finalists last season, they really look like a deflated side.
Ling needs to pick up the pieces and slowly build the morale in the squad. Pressley’s team need a win as they have some difficult games coming up.
The importance of today’s game cannot be understated.
3) Swindon’s loan dilemma
Some may say that Swindon have been really unfortunate this season and they have had to deal with a long injury list.
The club used the loan market to fill the holes that appeared in the squad, but with returning players, the Robins have six fit loan players, with league rules saying that only five can appear in any matchday squad.
That means that Ling will have to face a tough decision to leave out either the Norwich loanee, or one of Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Turnbull, Adam El-Abd, Ben Gladwin and Wes Thomas.
Fleetwood and Swindon fans… how do you see the game going? Do you think your clubs will be down the bottom end at the wrong time of the season? What do you think the score will be? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!