Forest Green Rovers vs Mansfield Town preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch
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The Nigel Clough era well and truly gets underway, on Saturday afternoon, as he prepares for his first league game in charge of Mansfield Town - facing Forest Green Rovers away from home. 

Clough's new side are sitting all the way down in 22nd, in the League Two table, and are searching for their first three league points of the season. Forest Green Rovers' boss, Mark Cooper, will be hoping to extend his side's excellent form - with his Rovers side sitting pretty in third. 

These two sides go into this encounter in polar opposite form. Expectations at The New Lawn Stadium are high, following a start to the season which has seen a return of six wins, three draws and only two defeats. However, The Stags are yet to win a single league game this campaign and that damning form has seen them fall to only three points outside the relegation zone. Despite the differences in form going into the game, this weekend, both sides will be confident of getting a result.

Rovers have shown their abilities this season, recording impressive wins over the likes of Scunthorpe United and Bolton Wanderers. As for Mansfield, they picked up only their second win, in all competitions, in the midweek. The 2-1 victory, against Scunthorpe United, came in the EFL Trophy but will provide The Stags with much needed confidence that they can quickly start getting wins in the league. 

Team news

Mark Cooper's side seemingly have a clean bill of health heading into their clash, at The New Lawn Stadium - with their players all coming through what has been a gruelling fixture schedule, relatively unscathed.

As for the visitors, they will yet again be without wing-back Joe Riley as the defender continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Predicted lineups

Forest Green Rovers: (5-3-2)

McGee; Godwin-Malife; Moore-Taylor; Kitching; Wilson; Winchester; Adams; Wagstaff; Bailey; Matt; Collins.

Mansfield Town: (4-4-2)

Stech; Gordon; Rawson; Perch; Benning; Charsley; Lapslie; Maris; Bowry; Maynard; McLaughlin.

Ones to watch

Rovers' centre forward, Jamille Matt, leads the side's line each week and also heads their top scorer charts. The 31-year-old, former Fleetwood Town, striker has found the back of the net five times this season and Mark Cooper will be hoping his number 14 can add to his already impressive tally.

A lot of pressure may well fall onto the shoulder's of Mansfield Town midfielder George Lapslie. The central midfielder has found the net in his last two appearances. The second of which came in an impressive, cup upset as The Stags knocked out flying League One side Sunderland.

How to watch

As football continues to be played behind closed doors, the only way to watch this game is through the respective club's official streaming services. 

Forest Green Rovers use their own in house streaming service, whilst Mansfield Town supporters can use the club's ‘iFollow’ service to enjoy the game, at a charge of £10.

 

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