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Saturday League Two acca: Carlisle's promotion push to gather further pace

There is a full programme of League Two action to take in on Saturday and, as we enter February, there is plenty at stake at both ends of the table.

All but one of the matches kick-off at 15:00, with the exception being Newport County's home clash with Swindon Town, with the action at Rodney Parade set to get underway at 12:45. 

Some of the highlights at 15:00 include in-form Carlisle United's home contest with Harrogate Town, AFC Wimbledon's trip to league leaders Leyton Orient and playoff hopefuls Bradford City and Mansfield Town clashing at the University of Bradford Stadium.

Saturday four-fold acca: Carlisle to win and both teams to @ 13/5  

AFC Wimbledon double chance @ 10/11  

Mansfield to win @ 17/10  

Colchester to win @ 8/5  

Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to fluctuation. 

In-form Cumbrians to prove too strong for Harrogate

WhatCarlisle v Harrogate Town
WhereBrunton Park, Carlisle
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
OddsCarlisle 8/13, Draw 3/1, Harrogate Town 17/4

No team has collected more points in League Two across the last 10 games than Carlisle, who will be chasing a fifth-successive win when they welcome struggling Harrogate to Brunton Park. 

Paul Simpson's highflyers thrashed Cumbrian rivals Barrow 5-1 during the week to move into the automatic promotion positions for the first time this season and belief is growing that they can end their nine-year exile in the fourth tier this season. 

After finishing 20th last term, Carlisle can surpass their points tally for the whole of last season with victory over Harrogate and, as League Two's highest goalscorers, they will expect to do so in style. 

Harrogate head into the weekend sitting just three points and two places above the relegation zone following a five-match winless run during which time they have only picked up two points. 

The Sulphurites do have a good record against Saturday's opponents, as they are unbeaten in the six previous meetings, but given the contrasting form of the two sides, anything short of a Carlisle win would be a surprise. 

The only hope for Harrogate is Carlisle have conceded in their last two home matches against Hartlepool and Barrow, which opens up the possibility of the home win and both teams to score at 13/5

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Orient's wobble to continue

WhatLeyton Orient v AFC Wimbledon
WhereBrisbane Road, London
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
OddsLeyton Orient 5/6, Draw 9/2, AFC Wimbledon 4/1

Leyton Orient have been the frontrunners in League Two for much of the season and they remain top of the standings, but a run of just one win from their last seven matches has seen the chasing pack close the gap. 

The O's have lost their last two in the league to nearest rivals Stevenage and mid-table Tranmere, which will certainly give Saturday's visitors to Brisbane Road, AFC Wimbledon, hope. 

Wimbledon have themselves moved into playoff contention following a run of just one defeat from their last 14 league games, although six of those games have ended all-square. 

Indeed, only Crewe (10) have drawn more games in League Two this season than the Dons (nine), with the Wimbledon/Draw available to back at 10/11 in the Double Chance market on Saturday. 

Improving Colchester to add to Barrow's woes

WhatColchester v Barrow
WhereJobServe Community Stadium, Colchester
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
OddsColchester 8/5, Draw 21/10, Barrow 2/1

A run of just two defeats across their last eight games has eased Colchester's relegation concerns and momentum certainly appears to be with the U's ahead of Barrow's trip to the JobServe Community Stadium. 

Colchester have taken points against Swindon and Salford on home soil over recent weeks, two teams that sit above Barrow in the standings, and the Bluebirds will head to Essex on the back of their heavy defeat to Cumbrian rivals Carlisle. 

That midweek 5-1 loss means Barrow have won just one of their last nine league games - a run that has severely dented their playoff hopes - and Colchester can take full advantage at 8/5 in the Full Time Result market. 

Mansfield to exploit Bradford's poor home record

WhatBradford v Mansfield
WhereUniversity of Bradford Stadium, Bradford
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
OddsBradford 13/8, Draw 23/10, Mansfield 7/10

Finishing in the playoff places would have been the minimum expectation for both Bradford and Mansfield at the start of the season, but both teams face a battle to end the campaign in the top seven. 

Heading into their clash at the University of Bradford Stadium, Mansfield currently occupy the final playoff place, with Bradford a point further back in eighth. 

However, the Bantams would be much higher up the table if it weren't for a poor home record, as they have won just two of their last 10 matches on their own patch across all competitions. 

Mansfield will be hoping to add to those home woes this weekend, with the Stags having secured a confidence-boosting 4-1 victory over another Yorkshire side, Doncaster, last time out. 

Saturday's visitors won 2-0 on their last trip to Bradford just under a year ago and they are 17/10 in the Full Time Result market to enjoy another success in West Yorkshire this weekend.

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