Swindon Town vs Mansfield Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, manager quotes and ones to watch
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Swindon Town will be looking to secure their first home win of the season this Saturday, with Nigel Clough's promotion seeking Mansfield Town look to spoil the party.

The home side have had an excellent start away from home, winning both their league fixtures, however they have not been able to properly get going yet at the County Ground after losing to Carlisle United and drawing to Tranmere Rovers.

Mansfield, have had a very similar beginning to their campaign, with both teams being sat on seven points after four games, however Clough's side come into this fixture fresh off of a 3-2 loss to Bradford City.

The Stags manager made his frustrations clear in his post match interview, and will be demanding a fast response from his players following their disappointing defensive display last week.

Team news

Swindon will again be without defender Mathieu Baudry and midfielder Jordan Lyden, who are both still out with muscle injuries

Louis Reed will be in contention for the fixture after being deemed fit after he came off with an injury at Salford in their last outing

New addition Jayden Mitchell-Lawson is also available for tomorrow after returning from a long term muscle injury

Mansfield midfielder George Maris will continue to be assessed ahead of the game following his knee injury against Bradford City last time out.

Other than that, Mansfield report a clean bill of health going into the game.

Ones to watch

Swindon - Jonny Williams

Having just been announced in Wales’ 27 man squad for their upcoming international games, midfield maestro Jonny Williams will be hoping to make his first start for the club after coming off the bench in the last two games to build up fitness.

The Welshman raised eyebrows when the news came out that someone of his calibre had dropped down into the fourth tier.

Head coach Garner and Williams have known each other since the former was coaching the Crystal Palace U13s, so it does feel like if anyone is going to get the best out of the midfielder, it will be the gaffer of the West Country side.

If he is handed a start, Mansfield could be in for a tough afternoon defensively.

Mansfield - Oliver Hawkins

Oliver Hawkins will be expected to lead the line tomorrow after scoring three goals in his first four league game.

So far this season in the league the 6"5 striker has averaged a goal every 93 minutes, and will be looking to continue his fine scoring form against a relatively inexperienced defence on Saturday, something he may see as a positive.

A forward with the physical qualities of Hawkins will be a clear threat for any League Two team this season, and the home side will have to be at the races if they want to keep the target man quiet this weekend.

What the managers have said

Swindon Head Coach Ben Garner spoke to the press ahead of the game, he said:

”They're a really good team with good attacking options and an experienced manager in Nigel Clough. They can mix their game up well, but we think we can cause them some problems.

"We've had a good week. They had a rest at the start and then we've worked hard all the way through. It's given players chance to load up physically.

"There are one or two that we'll look to loan out when the window closes, but we think we've got a good group in terms of team spirit and attitude."

(Quotes via swindonadvertiser.co.uk)

Mansfield Manager Nigel Clough said:

"Swindon are as good a footballing side as there is in the division.

“Along with Forest Green they play a brand of football that's very difficult to deal with in that they are good technically and have good players – probably a League One squad.

“Now they have been taken over and their problems ironed out they are the form team of the league.

“First and foremost we have to stop them playing, then play our own stuff from that point on.

“We want to be easy on the eye but you can't forget about the other side of the game. I thought that's what we did when we went 2-1 up on Saturday."

(Quotes via chad.co.uk)

How to watch

Kick-off on Saturday August 28 is 15:00 BST. Those living in the UK and Ireland are unavailable to watch the game on iFollow or an equivalent club streaming service, although those in other regions can purchase a match pass and watch the action live. 

The game has not been chosen for Sky Sports coverage either, whilst tickets are available to both sets of supporters who would like to attend in person.

 

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