Forest Green Rovers vs Newport County preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Forest Green Rovers will be looking to mount a memorable comeback as they look to overcome a two goal deficit against Newport County in the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final on Sunday.  

Goals from Matt Dolan and Lewis Collins gave the Exiles a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg at Rodney Parade, as they look the achieve their first return to the third tier since 1987. 

Rovers, on the other hand, will need to become the first team since Yeovil Town in 2007 to win after being two goals down following the first leg, if they are to have any chance of reaching Wembley. 

Team news 

Forest Green forward Jamille Matt may make a return to the starting eleven after coming back from injury to make an appearance off the bench during Tuesdays first leg. 

Greens manager Jimmy Ball will also have Ebou Adams in contention as the midfielder has now finished serving a two match suspension. 

Newport, on the other hand, may be without first leg goal scorer Collins, whose brother Aaron Collins will also likely be playing for Forest Green, after the striker was forced to come off with an injury on Tuesday. 

County boss Michael Flynn is also said to be hopeful that skipper Joss Labadie may be able to make a return to the starting line up after he was ruled out of the first leg with a knee injury. 

Predicted lineups 

Forest Green Rovers (4-4-2)

McGee; Wilson, Godwin-Malife, Stokes, Cargill; Richardson, Moore-Taylor, Bernard, Bailey; Matt, Collins.

Newport County (3-5-2)

King; Shepard, Bennett, Demetriou; Lewis, Hartigan, Sheehan, Dolan, Haynes; Amond, Collins.

Ones to watch 

Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers)

With 16 league goals so far this season, Jamille Matt has consistently been Forest Greens most dangerous attacking threat. 

The 31-year-olds power and raw pace make him a real handful for any defence at this level and having averaged a just over a goal every other game for his side this season, he will without doubt be key if the Rovers are to have any chance of getting back into the tie. 

Matt Dolan (Newport County) 

Having been the standout player from the first leg with his thunderbolt of an opening goal, midfielder Matt Dolan will again be the key for Newport's chances of success in the tie. 

The former Middlesbrough man has throughout the season shown a passing ability that ranks among the best in the division along with an excelent ability to quickly transition the ball from defence to attack. 

If Forest Green are to have any chance of securing a positive outcome from the game then keeping a check of Dolan will be of upmost importance as he can quickly begin to dominate the game if allowed to. 

How to watch 

The game will begin at 18:30 BST on Sunday May 23.

The game can be watched on Sky Sports with the program featuring the game starting at 18:00 BST. 

The game can also be viewed through the iFollow channels of both Forest Green Rovers and Newport County, which can be found through the official websites of both clubs. 

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