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PREVIEW: Swindon Town v Scunthorpe United

SWINDON TOWN host Scunthorpe United as Richie Wellens' side look to extend their lead at the top of League Two. Total Sport Swindon's Rajan Hothi previews the clash.

Despite having another game postponed, this time at Mansfield, Swindon endured another successful week with results going their way, and Town maintaining their stay at the top of the division. The club also announced that Wellens had agreed to a new deal that would keep him at SN1 until the summer of 2023.

Plymouth lost away at Bradford, while Exeter and Crewe were held to frustrating draws against Crawley and Morecambe respectively which saw them unable to close the gap on Swindon. However, an in-form Cheltenham side ran out 2-0 winners at Colchester to fire themselves into automatic promotion contention. 

Town had their clash with Scunthorpe postponed last month, but Swindon have recorded back-to-back wins against Northampton Town and Grimsby which has seen Wellens and co. find some consistency following a period of indifferent results.

Scunthorpe, on the other hand, have found consistency hard to come by. Russ Wilcox's side have won two, drawn one and lost three of their last six games which sees them occupy 18th spot in League Two. 

What makes a difficult trip to the County Ground even harder for the visitors is that they have struggled on the road this season - winning just four of their 17 away games in the league.

The Iron haven't won on their travels since New Year's Day, but they did well to hold a promotion-chasing Port Vale to a 2-2 draw at Vale Park last week. 

Kevin van Veen has been the dangerman for Scunthorpe this season, bagging 15 goals in all competitions, but he has only notched one goal in his last six appearances and was forced off with an injury during the draw at Vale. 

Swindon have been impressive at SN1 this season, with Town not losing a home game in League Two since September, and can boast the second-best home record in the division. 

A comfortable 3-1 win against Grimsby last time out saw Swindon secure their fourth home win in a row.

While Town were disappointed with the postponement at Mansfield, it allowed the chance for players such as Keshi Anderson to return from injury and become available for the visit of Scunthorpe.

Previewing the game, Richie Wellens gave an injury update and spoke to Total Sport Swindon about the importance of watching Scunthorpe at Vale compared to watching videos of the game. 

"Baudry still isn't fit, but we have no new injuries so we'll say it's more or less a full squad," stated Wellens. 

"They [Scunthorpe] try to play a bit more under Russ Wilcox. I went to their game against Port Vale, and they lost Abo Eisa and Kevin van Veen due to injury so they might have to change a little bit.

"It gives you an advantage [seeing the opposition live] because it gives you a visual picture of what they do. When you watch videos back, you don't see the bigger picture.

"When you're watching live, you see everything happening and you get a feel for the game. I think it's beneficial to see them close-up," he said.

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