Separated 65 kilometers in the south of England, Newport County and Cheltenham meet in the 38th round of the League Two, the fourth most important football milestone in Albion. The two are at the bottom of the standings, and Newport is going through a weak moment, accentuated by failures with Northampton (0-1) and Colchester (0-3).
On the other hand, Cheltenham came out of the “minata” area after Cambridge United’s (2-0), Port Vale (1-0) and Notts County (4-1) enthusiastic victories, and Michael Duff’s students come with great hopes in traveling from Wales. The two bands also met this season of the Checkatrade Cup, reserved for the lower league clubs, and Cheltenham won 2-1 in their own field (after overtime). During the regular time, the score was 1-1, after a balanced game. We expect a similar run and Friday evening at 19:45.
Newport County is on 13th place (45-56 goals) and has 49 points, but black and white are very dangerous when playing on the ground, as it happens on Friday. Newport has 10 successes and only 3 failures in 17 games played on Newport Stadium, where teams such as Leicester or Manchester City have been in for this season! Cheltenham is on 17th place (46-55 golaver) and has similar defensive problems, but only 4 points split the two teams. A success of the guests could bring Newport to the relegation area, and fans are aware that the duel with local rivals is a very important one for the favorite club.
Cheltenham is far from impressive and has only won 4 games out of 18 on foreign ground (like Newport), and statistics are edifying: Cheltenham has lost the last five consecutive runs, managing to score only twice in failure with Mansfield (2-4). Otherwise, modest performances with Grimsby, Colchester, Carlisle and Crawley sank even more into the visiting band. Cheltenham has a series of 4 consecutive matches without losing to Newport and the “Both Mark” bet has been the winner in 7 of the last 8 straight duels. Judging by the shape of the guests, we may see a strong replica of them, but Newport is very solid at home. The negative series of Cheltenham, in front of Cheltenham, could end in this stage.
PREDICTION: Newport Co to win @ 1,90