Cheltenham Town vs Blackpool Match Analysis & Prediction
13/02/2024 10:45 pm
Two teams with different ambitions in League One meet at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium on Tuesday night as Cheltenham Town play host to Blackpool.
While the hosts are looking to build momentum to escape the relegation zone, the visitors are aiming to close the gap on the top six.
Three straight defeats before their last match had Cheltenham’s survival hopes teetering on the brink, but the Robins clawed back with a crucial 1-0 victory over Cambridge United last time out, their first win on the road since December.
Their campaign started poorly under Wade Elliott, managing just one goal in the first 11 matches, but Darell Clarke’s arrival brought some improvement, with 19 points from the next 12 games lifting them closer to safety.
Unfortunately, a recent slump of four defeats in six matches threatened to undo their progress, as they are now five points adrift of safety but with two games in hand.
Meanwhile, Blackpool head into the contest aiming to return to winning ways in their pursuit of a League One playoff spot, having seen their momentum slowed in recent weeks after enjoyed a pleasing run.
After ending 2023 with two defeats, Blackpool started January impressively, securing three successive wins to solidify their top-six ambitions. They beat Lincoln United and Exeter City 2-0 each at Bloomfield Road before overcoming Bristol Rovers 2-1.
However, their momentum stalled recently, with a 1-1 draw against Charlton followed by a 1-0 defeat and a 1-1 stalemate against fellow playoff contenders Stevenage and Oxford United respectively.
These results leave Neil Critchley’s side with 47 points, six points behind sixth-placed Stevenage, who also have a game in hand.
Cheltenham Town vs. Blackpool Head to head
In the 10 previous meetings between these two teams, Cheltenham have claimed one victory while Blackpool have won seven, and they have drawn in two. Blackpool have scored 20 goals and conceded 13 in the process.
21/04/2007Cheltenham Town1Blackpool2League One
30/08/2016Blackpool2Cheltenham Town1EFL Trophy
29/10/2016Cheltenham Town2Blackpool2League Two
22/04/2017Blackpool3Cheltenham Town0League Two
24/10/2023Blackpool3Cheltenham Town2League One
Cheltenham Town Team News
Cheltenham will remain without Robert Street, who has been out for a long time due to a knee injury, while Clarke might likely stick with the same starting XI from the win over Cambridge last time out.
Matt Taylor has scored in his first two matches since making the swicth from Forest Green Rovers, and he is expected to keep his place in a front two with George Lloyd.
Cheltenham Town's Last 5 Matches
06/01/2024Cheltenham Town2Portsmouth1League One
23/01/2024Bolton Wanderers1Cheltenham Town0League One
27/01/2024Derby County2Cheltenham Town1League One
03/02/2024Cheltenham Town1Wycombe Wanderers3League One
10/02/2024Cambridge United0Cheltenham Town1League One
Blackpool Team News
Blackpool will make the trip without key man and leading scorer Jordan Rhodes , who has missed the last two matches through injury.
Jake Beesley joins him in the treatment room, leaving Shayne Lavery with another opportunity to lead the attack.
Blackpool's Last 5 Matches
20/01/2024Bristol Rovers1Blackpool2League One
27/01/2024Blackpool1Charlton Athletic1League One
30/01/2024BlackpoolP 0Bolton Wanderers0EFL Trophy
10/02/2024Blackpool1Oxford United1League One
Cheltenham Town vs. Blackpool: Odds and Predictions
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