Cheltenham-Northampton Betting Preview: Expect the Robins to bounce back at Whaddon Road

After picking out two winning tips in the semi-final first leg, our tipster believes there is money to be made in backing Mark Yates' men to come out on top in the return game
After a predictably tight semi-final first leg resulted in a slender 1-0 victory for Northampton, Cheltenham look in danger of suffering more play-off heartbreak when they return to Whaddon Road on Sunday.

Only a win will do for last year’s beaten finalists, and after going 20 League Two games unbeaten in their own back yard, they are favourites at 13/10 (2.30) with Coral to come out on top on the day.

The hosts will take confidence from the fact that their visitors possess the second worst away record in the division, having lost 11 and won just four of their 23 regular season matches on the road.

The Cobblers therefore look slightly underpriced at 8/5 (2.60) to emerge victorious in Gloucestershire, while there are odds of 9/4 (3.25) on offer on them securing a draw.

Speaking after the first leg, Mark Yates suggested he was probably the happier of the two managers, admitting that he was grateful to come away with just a 1-0 defeat.

While the Robins boss would have been expecting a difficult game at Sixfields, he will now have great confidence that his team can overturn the deficit in front of their own fans.

Yates’ side have forgotten what defeat feels like on home turf, and they will be fully aware of their opponents’ travel sickness this season.

Having completed the double over Aidy Boothroyd’s men during the regular season, Cheltenham look like great value at 13/10 (2.30) to add another win on Sunday.

Club captain Steve Elliott grabbed the winner the last time these two met at Whaddon Road - the most recent of his three goals in the last six home matches.
The centre-back’s considerable threat from set pieces could come in very handy against a defensive visiting team, and he is well worth backing to hit the back of the net for the fifth home game this season, at lucrative 12/1 (13.00) odds.

Cheltenham to win at 13/10 (2.30) with Coral
Steve Elliott to score anytime at 12/1 (13.00) with Coral

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.