What a chance for Robins to restore sanity
A WOUNDED Cheltenham side return to Whaddon Road this afternoon in a bid to get back to winning ways following two heavy defeats on the road.
However, despite those defeats the Robins still sit in third place of League Two and have a chance to solidify their lofty position against bottom-of-the-table Barnet.
It is a fixture that Mark Yates could not have planned any better by way of restoring some confidence into his side, assuming of course they live up to bet365's billing as 7/10 favourites for all three points.
If this game works out to current league-table standings then home supporters could be in for a fruitful afternoon, as Town have won six of their nine home matches in comparison to the north Londoners – winners of just one of their nine on the road.
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If it does go to script then a repeat of April's clash between the two sides could pop-up once more. On that occasion it was Yates' men who emerged 2-0 winners, on offer at 15/2 via Skybet this time around.
Another interesting angle reveals Gillingham as the only side to have broken the deadlock on more occasions than Cheltenham this term, though Town opened the scoring five more times than Barnet.
It's a fact that could see the hosts scoring their first goal before the 27th minute at BetVictor's 11/8, though having scored three times during the first five minutes this term already the hosts are also 16/5 at William Hill to score in the opening 15 minutes.
An early strike may of course see the home side 1-0 up during the break at Paddy Power's 11/4, which is a fair price considering the Bees have led after 45 minutes just once in 19 attempts.
As for the Robins being in front at the end of both periods then bet365 go 7/4, while Ladbrokes call 6/4 for Cheltenham netting in both halves.
But with Barnet fighting hard to earn a point on their last two outings a third straight draw for Mark Robson's side cannot be discounted at 13/5 (Stan James), though home fans will be keeping their fingers crossed their side can nick it by a narrow one-goal margin at BetVictor's 13/5.
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