It’s advantage Northampton in the League Two play-off semi-final tie against Cheltenham, after the Cobblers picked up a 1-0, first leg victory in a bruising encounter at the Sixfields Stadium.
Skybet now make Aidy Boothroyd’s side 8/15 to finish the job at Whaddon Road and qualify for the final while the Robins are 13/8 (bet365) to turn things around in front of their own supporters to make it to Wembley. However, Cheltenham have every reason to be confident and we’re tipping them to overturn the deficit and stay in the promotion hunt.
The Cobblers may be in front but they have struggled all season on their travels and with the Robins decent on their own patch, they have the edge. Moreover, they actually emerged from Thursday’s loss in confident mood with boss Mark Yates admitting, “we’ve not played near our best and we’re only one down. So it is game on.”
There’s a feeling then that they might have weathered the Northampton storm and Coral’s 13/10 for a home win in the second contest is certainly an eye catcher.
Obviously the hosts need to prevail by two to get through and Stan James price them at 7/2 in the handicaps, where they kick off a goal behind and more specifically it’s 11/1 with BetVictor for a 2-0 Cheltenham success.
Cheltenham (-1) to beat Northampton – 7/2 (Stan James)