It is probably one of the biggest games in the history of Notts County Football Club tomorrow afternoon, as they prepare to travel to fellow relegation candidates Yeovil Town.
The Magpies really are in dire straits – they succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Cambridge United last weekend, which took Colin Calderwood’s men further away from the League Two drop-zone.
You have to feel, that if Neal Ardley’s men do fall to their 16th defeat of the campaign on Saturday, then it could be the final nail in their coffin, as they stare relegation out of the Football League for the first time in their proud 157-year history right in the face.
A win for Darren Way’s Glovers would mean that County would be 9 points adrift of safety in League Two, so it really is a must-win game for the Magpies.
Here, we take a look at the Notts County XI we expect Neal Ardley to play against Yeovil tomorrow…
By far the biggest boost for Notts County at the weekend is that Enzio Boldewijn could return to first-team action, after sustaining a long-term injury back in November.
The electric winger isn’t likely to be thrown in straight away, but could make a real impact in the last 30 minutes, when the chips are down for the Magpies.
Ryan Schofield looked impressive in goal last week on his debut for Notts, and there is no doubt that he should start tomorrow. The back-three remains the same as the one that lost to Cambridge – for large parts they looked calm and assured, and didn’t really face any problems whatsoever.
Due to the absence of Matt Tootle through injury, Elliot Hewitt will look to keep his place in the team. The Welshman did not look too dangerous going forward and kept drifting into the middle, so will be looking to improve this weekend. Cedric Evina looked impressive going forward against Cambridge, but again, looked troubled defensively.
It’s in midfield where the Magpies encountered the most problems last weekend, and they should be blessed with the return of the experienced David Vaughan who was absent due to injury last week. He’ll look to partner another experienced player in Jim O’Brien, who also impressed on his debut last weekend.
The Magpies were blessed with the return of Lewis Alessandra last weekend, and with a week of full training under his belt, he’ll be looking to supply Kristian Dennis and Jon Stead up front.