Northampton v Cheltenham preview
Last Updated: 07/09/18 11:23am
Northampton will be without striker Junior Morais for the home clash with Cheltenham.
Morais, who scored his first goal for the Cobblers in their last League Two match against Tranmere, missed the Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Wycombe with a hamstring problem. Following that game, manager Dean Austin said: "We are optimistic on Junior Morias and I'm hoping he will only be out for two to three weeks."
Shaun McWilliams returned to action against the Chairboys after a hamstring injury, captaining the side, and he is in contention.
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Cheltenham are hoping goalkeeper Scott Flinders will recover from illness in time for the trip. Rhys Lovett came in for the 4-0 Trophy defeat to Forest Green in midweek and is likely to keep his place should Flinders not make it.
Full-backs Chris Hussey and Sean Long are unlikely to return for another two weeks. Interim manager Russ Milton said there were a few players with knocks but no one has been ruled out for the weekend.
Cheltenham were on a nine-match unbeaten run against Northampton in the Football League (W5 D4 - excluding play-offs) before their most recent meeting when the Cobblers won 2-0 in April 2015.
Northampton have never failed to score in a game against Cheltenham at home in the EFL (including play-offs) and have found the net 26 times in 15 matches.
Northampton have managed just one win in their last 11 home league games (D5 L5), drawing both of their last two. They last drew three in succession on home soil in October 2013.
Cheltenham have won just one of their last 10 league matches (D1 L8), conceding 20 goals whilst scoring just eight themselves in this time.
Of the 10 goals scored by Northampton and Cheltenham combined in League Two, just one has come in the first half of their games - Kevin van Veen's 40th minute strike for Northampton against Carlisle last month.