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Northampton Town vs. Mansfield Town Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 18, 2022 20:45 CET
The second game between Northampton and Mansfield will be played on Wednesday at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton. Mansfield has one goal advantage from the first game.
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The Cobblers were relegated from League One last season. They started this season badly in the first three months, but they were constantly in the top 7 zone since November. They lose 3rd place and automatic promotion to League One in the last round in a fantastic way. They had the same number of points and a goal difference as Bristol Rovers, but Bristol has scored more goals.
Northampton has a typical lower league style of play. They are very dangerous from the set-piece. They scored 26 goals from the set-pieces (the most in the league), and their center-backs, Fraser Horsfall and Jon Guthrie have scored 9 and 8 goals, respectively. They are the favorite targets for Mitch Pinnock, who is in charge of all set-pieces and has 13 assists this season.
Until recently, Northampton was the worst side in the league by the goals scored from the open-play, but in the last couple of rounds, they improved a little in that aspect.
They were in fine form at the end of the season with six games without a defeat, but they were defeated in the first game in Mansfield a couple of days ago. Mansfield beat Northampton 2-1.
Northampton doesn’t have a great attack, they scored 60 goals, but they have the best defense with only 40 goals conceded and 21 clean sheets (the most in the league).
— Northampton Town (@ntfc) May 16, 2022
Mansfield also started the season terribly. They had only two wins in the first 14 games and were in the relegation zone until the end of October. Mansfield was one of the favorites for the promotion before the season started, but their results were catastrophic in the first three months. Their manager Nigel Clough completely change the club and results from November and afterward.
Mansfield finished the season with four games without a defeat, and they have one goal advantage from the first game against Northampton.
They are a good attacking side with 69 goals scored, and Rhys Oates is their top scorer with ten goals scored. Also, a very important player is Stephen McLaughlin, who contributed to 16 goals this season. From November, when the good run began, Mansfield failed to score in only five games.
Mansfield has a slight problem when they play away from home this season. They had more defeats (9) than wins (7), and they conceded one goal more than 27:28. Of all teams from the top 7, they are way the worst away from the home side. They are struggling against the teams from the top 12 in the league away from home, and they are without a victory in 11 games. All their wins away from home are from the teams in the bottom half.
— Mansfield Town FC (@mansfieldtownfc) May 17, 2022
During the season, both teams won their games at home. Mansfield 1-0, and Northampton 2-0. Since 2013, Northampton had won three games, Mansfield five, and five games were finished with a draw. Eight games were finished with under 2.5 goals.
Team News and Injuries
Northampton Town: Liam Roberts is returning from suspension, and Aaron McGowan is questionable.
Mansfield Town: Matty Longstaff will be assessed, and Stephen Quinn is questionable.
Northampton Town vs. Mansfield Town Prediction
Northampton knows what they need. They only need to win if they want extra time, and with a win by two goals margin, they will go into the final. They do not need to rush, and we think they will wait and put the game into their own rhythm.
The Sixfields Stadium is sold out and the atmosphere will be fantastic. We will not be surprised if Northampton won this game 1-0 and the match goes into the extra time.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals.
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