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Preview: York City

31 January 2014

The information you need to know ahead of Saturday's encounter with York

The Cod Army will play their third game in the space of seven days on Saturday afternoon when they play host to York City at Highbury.

Graham Alexander and his team have come off the back of a gruelling couple of fixtures against Burton Albion and Scunthorpe United respectively, and picked up a healthy four points from those games.

David Ball, Nathan Pond, Jon Parkin and Junior Brown helped Town on their way to a 4-2 victory at the Pirelli Stadium last weekend, before playing out a 0-0 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe
United at Glanford Park on Monday evening in front of the Sky cameras.

In the reverse fixture at Bootham Crescent back in October, Fleetwood ran out comfortable winners with Gareth Evans and Jamille Matt on the score sheet.

Having handed on-loan striker Mikael Mandron his full debut on Monday, Graham Alexander will have a decision to make whether or not to draft Jon Parkin back into the starting eleven for the clash against the Minstermen.

Jeff Hughes and Jamille Matt are the only long-term absentees for Town, while new signing Matty Hughes met up with his team mates for the first time this week.

Striker Wes Fletcher has been a shining light for Nigel Worthington’s side since his arrival at the club from Burnley in the summer.

Fletcher, who hails from Lancashire, has forged a potent partnership with Josh Carson this season, with the pair having managed to score twenty goals between them so far.

However, Fletcher & Co will have their work cut out on Saturday as they’ll go up against a defence who have only conceded three goals during 2014.

Essex whistle blower Frederick Graham will make the trip to Lancashire on Saturday to officiate the League 2 clash.

He will be assisted by Christopher Kavanagh and Matthew Parry, while the 4th official will be Ryan Johnson.

Graham has been in the middle for only one Fleetwood game so far this season, with that being back in November when Town overcame Gloucester in the F.A Cup with Budwesier.

Of the 20 games he has taken charge of this season, Graham has dished out a total of 71 yellow cards and 1 red card.

Sky Bet have made the Cod Army favourites for the clash, pricing them at 4/5 to pick up all three points. The visitors are 10/3 to upset the odds and leave Lancashire victorious, while a draw is priced at 13/5. Click here 

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