Cheltenham vs Exeter preview
Last Updated: 04/04/19 6:49pm
Cheltenham manager Michael Duff expects to be without striker Tyrone Barnett for the rest of the season.
Barnett suffered a torn calf during last week's 3-1 win at Crewe and is set to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Teenager George Lloyd pressed his claims for a first-team appearance with four goals for the reserves in their win over Luton in midweek.
Midfielder Jordan Tillson is ineligible to face parent club Exeter on Saturday, with Chris Clements and Conor Thomas vying to replace him in the side.
Exeter boss Matt Taylor has Ryan Bowman available again after suspension for the trip to Cheltenham. Bowman picked up two yellow cards in the first 23 minutes of the win over Notts County and was banned for last week's defeat to Mansfield.
Fellow forward Jonathan Forte continues to nurse a knee problem but could be used for a short period from the bench. Defender Aaron Martin will be assessed after suffering a back problem while Luke Croll is getting closer to a return from a groin injury.
Cheltenham have lost each of their last seven league meetings with Exeter; it is their worst ever losing streak against an opponent in the Football League, as well as being Exeter's joint-best such winning run against one club (also seven v Gillingham between April 1931 to October 1933).
Exeter have won their last three visits to Cheltenham in League Two despite both teams scoring in all three such clashes; the Grecians had lost each of their first five Football League trips to Cheltenham before this.
Cheltenham have scored three goals in both of their last two league games (W2) - they have never scored 3+ goals in three consecutive Football League games.
Exeter have lost three of their last five league games (W2) - as many defeats as in their previous 13 League Two matches before this.
Matt Jay has been directly involved in five of Exeter's last eight league goals, scoring four and assisting one.