Competition: League Two
Market: Cheltenham Town draw no bet
Odds: 1/1 @ Bet 365
With the League Two play-off semi-finals getting underway on Thursday night, a previously high-flying Cheltenham will travel to an empty PTS Academy Stadium in midweek.
Starting with the hosts, while Northampton may have managed to sneak the final play-off spot after the League Two campaign was cut short, Keith Curle’s side found themselves in the midst of an extended struggle. Last seen back in March when putting in another torrid display and hit with a shock 2-1 defeat at home against Mansfield, the East Midlands outfit had managed to collect just six points out of a possible 21 before the enforced break. Also crashing out of the FA Cup after shipping a quartet of goals against Championship outfit Derby, Northampton also have a reputation for their continued issues on home soil. Including that shock defeat against Mansfield prior to the break, the Cobblers had lost three of their last four appearances at the PTS Academy Stadium and could be in for another tricky test on Thursday night.
As for the visitors, while Northampton may have entered the enforced break in the midst of a real struggle, the mood in Cheltenham’s camp was really at a high. Last seen back in March when taking a point off of fellow play-off chasers Port Vale, Michael Duff’s men were on an eye-catching six-match unbeaten run in League Two, collecting 16 points on that glittering purple patch. Continuing to show their strengths on the road and shipping just a single strike in over 400 minutes of action before the season interruption, Thursday’s guests should also be booted by their most recent meetings against the Cobblers. Picking up a 2-1 win over Northampton when the two sides faced off prior to the break and now winning three of their last four meetings against the midweek hosts, Cheltenham will make the trip to the East Midlands brimming with confidence.
Bet: Cheltenham Town draw no bet against Northampton Town 1/1 for Thursday’s League Two play-off semi-final @ Bet 365
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