Cheltenham Town vs Salford City Match Analysis & Prediction
10/01/2023 10:45 pm
League One side Cheltenham Town take on lower-tier opposition Salford City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
Reaching this stage for the first time since the 2005-06 edition, Cheltenham succesfully secured their place in the third round on November 22 after a toiling 120 minutes at The New Lawn Stadium, that ended in a penalty shootout victory over fellow English third-tier side Forest Green Rovers.
However, Cheltenham’s preparations heading into the midweek did not go to plan as Kieran Phillips’ second-half goal condemned the Robins to a 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Morecambe on Saturday.
With the propect of making their first appearance at the semi-final stage, Wade Elliott’s side will be cheered on by a bumper crowd at The Completely-Suzuki Stadium throughout Tuesday.
Hoping for a repeat success from two years ago, following their penalty-shootout victory over Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium, Salford City have been in imposing form across all formats of the game this season.
After finishing at the summit of their qualification group, Salford progressed to the third round in mid-November, with Lorent Tolaj’s 35th-minute goal proving enough to overcome Bradford City.
The Ammies then followed up their second-round victory a month later, as Matt Smith’s first-half goal confirmed their place in the quarter-finals stage at the expense of Port Vale.
In the wake of a victory over automatic promotion candidates Northampton Town on Saturday, Salford travel to Gloucestershire occupying the final League Two playoff spot.
Cheltenham Town vs. Salford City Head to head
In the previous three meetings between these two sides, Cheltenham Town have claimed two victories while they have drawn once. Cheltenham have scored four goals and kept clean sheets in the process.
14/09/2019Salford City0Cheltenham Town2League Two
12/12/2020Salford City0Cheltenham Town0League Two
20/03/2021Cheltenham Town2Salford City0League Two
10/01/2023Cheltenham TownN/ASalford CityN/AEFL Trophy
Cheltenham Town Team News
Cheltenham Townstriker Alfie May will now have to cope without regular strike partner Dan Nlundulu after the Southampton loanee decided to cut his spell at the club.
Without Nlundulu, Ryan Loft could be brought into the starting XI to lead the line alongside May, with Ryan Broom again handed another opportunity within the number 10 role.
Cheltenham Town's Last 5 Matches
13/12/2022Cheltenham Town4Chelsea U210EFL Trophy
26/12/2022Cheltenham Town0Plymouth Argyle1League One
29/12/2022Shrewsbury Town0Cheltenham Town1League One
01/01/2023Bristol Rovers2Cheltenham Town1League One
07/01/2023Morecambe2Cheltenham Town1League One
Salford City Team News
Attempting to fill the void left by Brandon Thomas-Asante, striker Matt Smith has now scored five league goals in his last six matches.
Barring any injuries, Neil Wood should again name Conor McAleny and Odin Bailey as Smith’s supporting cast in the final third.
Salford City's Last 5 Matches
20/12/2022Salford City1Port Vale0EFL Trophy
26/12/2022Salford City1Barrow1League Two
29/12/2022Grimsby Town1Salford City4League Two
01/01/2023Bradford City3Salford City2League Two
07/01/2023Salford City2Northampton Town1League Two
Cheltenham Town vs. Salford City: Odds and Predictions
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