Northampton vs. Mansfield Predictions: Cobblers to win this crucial 2nd leg
Northampton vs. Mansfield Odds
We're into the second legs of the League Two play-offs and as predicted in our first leg preview, Mansfield Town come into this with a narrow 2-1 lead. Now it's Northampton Town's chance to have home advantage but can they overturn the deficit? We've tasked our lower league lover @OddsT3rrier with answering this question and he's picked out two of his best bets for your attention.
Northampton vs. Mansfield Tips
Yes, Mansfield Town bring a lead here to this second leg at Sixfields Stadium, but it's a slim one at that. After taking a two goal lead, Stags gaffer Nigel Clough will have been gutted to concede late on as it puts his men right under the gauntlet, in front of a raucous Northampton support.
Jon Brady will be confident that his team can overturn a one goal deficit. The Cobblers finished the season in tremendous form, unbeaten in six, winning four along the way. They have a solid home record in Northamptonshire, picking up 44 points from the 23 games and at times looked the better team in the first leg.
Both teams should be unchanged from the first leg with only Liam Roberts suspended for Northampton.
My first pick is a direct opposite of my first leg pick. I'm taking Northampton to win this one and drag themselves back into the tie. While Mansfield won the first leg, it was an extremely even game. The Cobblers edged the possession and had 11 shots compared to the Stags six. They also had seven corners to one but couldn't find an advantage via that route. In front of their own fans they should be more dominant and will be relentless on the Mansfield goal.
Northampton finished the season in fine form and although it ended in disappointment, they should be able to pick themselves up here and at least take the tie to extra time. They finished the league only just out of the automatic places and will prove here that they are the better team.
They're 7/5 to do so.
The second pick is along the same lines. I've combined the Northampton win with them to have over five corners and for there to be over three cards in the match.
The Cobblers had seven corners in the first leg and will be on the front foot here, so i'm expecting possibly even more than that. They average 5.39 corners per game at home and I see no difficulty in them passing that line here.
Both sides average just over 2 cards per game this season and with the added importance of this game , surely we will see over three cards here. Referee Ben Toner is averaging 2.92 yellows per game this season.
The three selections combined pay 8/1 using bet365's bet-builder.
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