Mansfield Town vs Northampton Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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The huge games in the League Two promotion race keep on coming and the latest instalment will see Mansfield Town welcome Northampton Town to Field Mill on Saturday. Kick-off is 15:00 BST.

The race for promotion out of League Two could not be closer.

Forest Green Rovers are four points clear at the top but from Exeter City in second down to Sutton United in tenth, there are just seven points separating nine sides.

Northampton currently sit third in the table on 68 points following their win over Hartlepool United last weekend.

Speaking of Hartlepool, they drew 2-2 with Mansfield in midweek leaving the Stags eighth in the table on 63 points.

  • Team news

Mansfield will be without Kellan Gordan who has a knee problem while forward Jamie Murphy remains a doubt following a hamstring he sustained in midweek.

Stags boss Nigel Clough will have to wait for George Maris and Ollie Clarke to be assessed before he knows whether or not they can feature.

Northampton have been unlucky in the sense that they have been hit with injuries to key players at a crucial point in the season but will be boosted by the return of Idris Kanu who has returned to the training field this week.

Elsewhere, defender Ali Koiki is close to a return but won't feature, while Tyler Magloire and Shaun McWilliams will be unavailable for the rest of the season.

  • Predicted lineups

Mansfield Town: Bishop, Hewitt, O‘Toole, Hawkins, Perch, Stirk, Quinn, Lapslie, Law, Bowery, Akins.

Northampton Town: Roberts, McGowan, Horsfall, Guthrie, Mills, Sowerby, Lewis, Lubala, Pinnock, Hoskins, Sowerby.

  • Ones to watch

Jordan Bowery has been a dangerous force in the Mansfield attack this season.

Bowery has seven goals and five assists for the Stags so far this season.

His latest goal involvement was in midweek when he assisted his sides first goal against Hartlepool.

Forward Sam Hoskins divides opinion amongst Northampton fans but there is no denying he has been their best player in front of goal this season.

Hoskins has picked up five assists so far in the Cobblers' promotion campaign and is close to reaching double digits with nine goals.

Like Bowery, Hoskins last goal involvement was against Hartlepool when he finished off a nice move early on in the Cobblers' 2-0 win over the Poolies.

  • Previous meetings

The two sides have met 78 times since their first meeting in 1931.

While it's Northampton who have the better league position, it's Mansfield who have the historical upper hand.

The Stags have won 38 contests against the Cobblers, with 15 draws and 25 Northampton wins.

On top of that Mansfield have an outstanding record at Field Mill against Saturday's opponents and haven't lost to Northampton at home since 2004.

The last time the sides met was in the reverse fixture when Northampton were 2-0 winners in October 2021.

  • Where to watch on TV

While the game is not available to watch live in the UK and Ireland, overseas supporters can watch the game via either clubs' iFollow service. 

Supporters in the UK can use iFollow to listen to the match live.