Salford City vs Mansfield Town preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Mansfield Town continue their push for automatic promotion as the Stags face Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium.

With consecutive victories against Crawley Town and Stevenage, Mansfield have risen to sixth in the EFL League Two table, just two points behind third-place Northampton.

The Ammies still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs, but must win their remaining two fixtures and hope for results elsewhere to go their way.

Team news

Salford City

Midfielders Matty Willock and Josh Morris remain sidelined while defender Ashley Eastham is a doubt.

Mansfield Town

The Stags may get midfielder Stephen Quinn back as manager Nigel Clough has said the 36-year-old is 50-50 to feature as he recovers from a knee injury.

Captain Ollie Clarke will return to training this week after suffering a groin injury last month.

Richard Nartey and Kellan Gordon are still sidelined.

Predicted lineups

Salford City: King; Ndaba, Turnbull, Vassell, Lowe; Kelly, Watson, Lund; Hunter, Smith, Thomas-Asante

Mansfield Town: Bishop; McLaughlin, Hawkins, Rawson, Hewitt; Stirk; Longstaff, Maris, Lapslie; Oates, Akins

Ones to watch

Brandon Thomas-Asante (Salford City)

He paces the Ammies with 11 goals in 37 appearances and the 23-year old has formed a dangerous strike duo with Matt Smith, who has contributed seven goals.

Rhys Oates (Mansfield Town)

The 27-year-old leads a balanced Mansfield attack with nine goals while also contributing five assists, although he hasn't scored since the Stags defeated relegated Oldham Athletic in late March.

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Previous meetings

Mansfield came from behind to defeat Salford 2-1 in the teams' prior matchup in December for their ninth win in ten games.

The Ammies took a ninth-minute lead when a long throw by Donald Love was flicked on by Tom Elliott that Matty Lund turned home from six yards.

Mansfield came close to equalizing as Stephen McLaughlin's cross was volleyed towards goal by Jordan Bowery, but Theo Vassell cleared away.

After the Stags came close twice more, McLaughlin's free-kick from the left was fired home by Rhys Oates to make it 1-1 after 36 minutes.

And the hosts won it as the dangerous McLaughlin caught Salford goalkeeper Tom King out with a low free-kick inside the near post from 25 yards out.

How to watch

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports with kick-off set for 12:30 BST on Monday May 2.