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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Cambridge United

4 May 2019

Macclesfield Town are set to pull the curtain down on the 2018/19 campaign in dramatic style, as we face Cambridge United at the Moss Rose in the final battle of our EFL safety bid.

Realistically, a point should see The Silkmen retain our place in the elite 92, yet now is not the time for complacency and Sol Campbell's side will be going all-out for the victory which would end the season on a high.

Should Macc secure the three points today, then we will ascend above our visitors in the final standings - but today is all about retaining our EFL status, nothing more, nothing less.

Speaking before the game, here are Sol's pre-match thoughts -

Up until recently, The U's had relegation fears of their own and currently reside in twenty-first position having accumulated 46 points from their 45 games played.

Colin Calderwood's side come into this afternoon's game on the back of a 2 - 1 defeat at the hands of Morecambe last week. Aaron Collins gave The Shrimps an early lead, before Jordan Cranston's pulsating strike three minutes from time sealed the win for Jim Harvey's men despite a late Tom Knowles' late consolation.

The U's have made twenty-two trips away from the Abbey Stadium so far this term - winning five, drawing three and losing fourteen of these.

Their last victory on the road was a hugely impressive 3 - 0 mauling of promotion-winning Bury at the start of April, yet defeats at Mansfield and Forest Green have ensued since then.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Calderwood stated -

"It’s a do or die game for Macclesfield. We’ve got a free game but we’ll have respect for everyone. We’ve prepared no differently this week and we are aiming for a victory.

"Watching Macclesfield they have scored some well constructed goals and gained some impressive victories.

"I will pick the team accordingly to improve on last week's result against Morecambe.

"People can dissect which ever way they want - if I played eleven youngsters, there would be enthusiasm but I think we would get beat.

"So it will be a mixture and if they play like they have been during the week then they will give a good account of themselves".

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