In Focus: Three EFL clubs hunting maximum points this evening

Daniel Childs
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Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher will hope his side can continue their unbeaten run at the expense of Cheltenham
Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher will hope his side can continue their unbeaten run at the expense of Cheltenham

With the Premier League and Championship on hold for the international break, attention turns to some big games in League One and League Two.

We have picked out three sides — one from the third tier and two from the fourth — who are looking for important wins tonight.

Plymouth vs Cheltenham (7.45pm, League One)

Fourth-placed Plymouth are giving some heavyweight clubs a run for their money in the League One promotion race and can stretch their winning sequence to six by defeating mid-table Cheltenham at Home Park.

At this point of the season, some clubs have more to play for than others.

And it would be no surprise to see the Pilgrims beat Michael Duff's Cheltenham, who reached the 50-point mark with a 3-1 home success against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Third-tier survival was always the target for the visitors. 

And having almost certainly achieved their aim, it would be understandable if standards dipped tonight. 

Any drop off in performance will be punished by Argyle, who have won their last five games without conceding a goal.

Rochdale vs Mansfield (7.45pm, League Two)

Mansfield coach Nigel Clough will hope his team can get back on track
Mansfield coach Nigel Clough will hope his team can get back on track

Mansfield have slipped to 10th in League Two after losing 3-2 at Tranmere and 3-1 at Port Vale.

But they can get their promotion push back on track this evening by defeating relegation-threatened Rochdale at Spotland.

The Stags are five points outside the play-off places but are serious contenders for promotion as they have a number of games in hand on the teams above them.

Before their pair of defeats on the road, Nigel Clough's side had gone 14 league matches without losing. 

And they should be stronger against Dale with Newcastle loanee Matty Longstaff expected to return after a one-game absence.

Sixth-bottom Rochdale have gone five outings without a victory to sit nine points above the relegation zone — and their poor run looks likely to continue.

Port Vale vs Exeter (7.45pm, League Two)

Port Vale's James Wilson is looking to score in his third successive game
Port Vale's James Wilson is looking to score in his third successive game

Port Vale have moved to the fringes of the League Two play-offs after three successive wins — and they can climb from eighth to fifth by defeating injury-hit Exeter at Vale Park.

After the Valiants were impressive 2-1 winners at Bradford on Saturday, they have a great chance to follow up against the second-placed Grecians. 

The hosts are without injured trio Sam Nombe, Kyle Taylor and Timothee Dieng, as well as suspended midfielder Nigel Atangana, suggesting the Valiants are facing them at the perfect time. 

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