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Mansfield Town vs Northampton Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

1/1odds when tipped
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Draw 1-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Mansfield have netted in 16 successive home league matches
  • Four of Northampton’s last six away games have seen both teams score
  • The Cobblers have netted at least twice in four of their previous five fixtures

Mansfield searching for consistency

Momentum has fizzled out a touch for Mansfield towards the end of the campaign, and they head into this play-off semi-final on the back of successive 2-2 draws, against Forest Green and Salford.

Nigel Clough’s side are notoriously tough to beat at Field Mill though, where they have lost just once since October, a 3-2 defeat to Sutton last month, scoring in 16 successive home league games.

In their eight fixtures against sides who finished in the top half of the table during that run, six have seen both teams net, including wins over Exeter, Swindon and Salford.

Can Northampton lift themselves from promotion disappointment?

Northampton went into the final day of the season knowing a win would probably secure promotion to League One, but a stunning 7-0 win for Bristol Rovers against Scunthorpe meant Town finished fourth on goals scored.

It will be hard for Jon Brady’s side to pick themselves up from that disappointment, but if they are mentally in the right frame of mind, they have a very good chance of starting the tie strongly.

The Cobblers head into this game unbeaten in six, while they have lost just four of their last 15 away fixtures, netting at least two goals in four of the last five.

Both teams have scored in their last two on the road, against Barrow and Leyton Orient, as well as three in a row at all venues, so clean sheets are eluding them a touch at the moment.

I predict that this will be quite a tight affair to kick the semi-finals off, but expect both teams to score and select 1-1 as my correct score prediction.

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