Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town Betting Preview – 07/01/17

Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town Betting Preview – 07/01/17

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Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town Betting Preview – 07/01/17

In our Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Two promoted sides face off on Saturday, as Rob Page’s Northampton Town take on Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. Bristol Rovers are tenth in League One, getting their return to the division off to a fantastic start. They finished third last season to gain promotion, with their opposition finishing top to win the league and secure a strong place in the higher tier. Northampton Town are sixteenth, suffering from an inferior set of results but only six points behind the The Pirates.

Upon passing the halfway mark, fans of Bristol Rovers will be gleaming after seeing their side continue the good work conducted by manager Darrell Clarke, who came in two years ago and led the side to successive promotions, altering their frightening fate in the National League, to have them now sitting with a seemingly brighter future in League One. They currently have ten wins and six draws from twenty-five games, with performances improving all the time, helped by star striker Matty Taylor netting a fantastic eighteen goals in all competitions. It’s not to say there aren’t places they could improve on, but their situation sets them up for a strong mid-table finish at very least, giving The Pirates room to build once again for next season. There’s plenty of time to push for a higher finish though.

Their last game had them up against Karl Robinson’s Charlton Athletic, which was an unnerving prospect after they defeated them 5-1 at home at the end of November. Darrell Clarke’s side got off to a strong start, putting pressure on The Addicks’ defence which led to Patrick Bauer accidentally leaving the ball for Jermaine Easter to run onto, seeing him darting at Dillon Phillips’ goal with no defenders in his way, where he took it past the goalkeeper to put his side ahead after twelve minutes. A free-kick from Joe Aribo levelled the scoreline before half-time though, as it met Josh Magennis in the area, who headed it past a startled Will Puddy. The second half saw The Addicks enforce a lead, with Josh Magennis scoring two more to seal a hattrick and Jorge Teixeira nicking a tap-in to beat Darrell Clark’s team 4-1.

Considering they were only promoted at the end of last season, Northampton Town have been pretty stable, sat at sixteenth in the table with a massive eight points keeping them away from the relegation zone. It was thought they could push for a higher place this season, after they went through their first month unbeaten and carried on that spirit into September, winning their next four out of five. Their form began to dry up after that point though, seeing them slide down the table but still looking solid enough to avoid a return to League Two. The Cobbler’s campaign in League One has been made all the more fruitful by the crucial strike duo of Alex Revell and Marc Richards, who have achieved a combined sixteen goals and nine assists.

As their first fixture of 2017, Rob Page’s side were up against fifth place Bradford City who had looked like a certain favourite to finish in the play-offs. The first half was a battle between both sides, with The Cobblers’ home advantage making an impact. Northampton took the lead a few minutes before half-time, Paul Anderson’s cross hitting the head of Alex Revell who bounced it over Bantams’ ‘keeper Colin Doyle. Stuart McCall’s side took a while to get back into the game, but found some confidence in the seventy-third minute, Mark Marshall finding himself surrounded by four opposition defenders, making space to blast a shot past Adam Smith. By that point, Northampton’s defence had become unorganised, allowing Jordy Hiwula to finish off a simple tap-in with only three minutes left to play.

Recommended Bets:

Bristol Rovers to win (Best priced at 21/20 on William Hill) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 4/5 on Bet365) – BET HERE

Matty Taylor to score anytime (Best priced at 4/1 on SkyBet) – BET HERE 

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