Since losing 2-0 to FGR, the Exiles suffered a 1-0 away defeat at Northampton, followed by home draws against Oldham (3-3) and Mansfield (1-1). This run has dropped them from the automatic promotion places down to 8th place. However, last time out, the Exiles had an impressive 4-2 home win against high-flying Tranmere. Newport are still in 8th place with 52 points from 33 games (14 points behind Rovers, having played 1 game more). But, with just 4 points separating 2nd to 8th in the table, competition is pretty intense.
Again, the match will feature the 2 teams who have scored the most goals in League 2 this season (FGR have scored 62, Newport 54). Newport probably feel that, defensively, they could be better, having conceded 44 times in their 33 games.
Newport’s record from 33 games is 14 wins, 10 draws, 9 losses. After a slightly slow start to the season, Newport are still very much in the mix for play-offs or automatic promotion. Newport may be nervous about play-offs – they dramatically defeated FGR last season, of course, but then lost to Morecambe in the play-off final.