Soccer betting preview: Northampton Town welcomes Bristol Rovers in what could be a tight duel

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Competition: England League One
Competition: Sat 10.April
Match begins: 14:00 (UTC)
Venue: PTS Academy Stadium

Northampton Town are welcoming Bristol Rovers for another important game after their 0-3 result against 1st-placed Hull City.

Insights:
  • Northampton Town have the fewest scored goals (33) in League One
  • Bristol Rovers have the fewest scored goals (16) away in League One

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

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Northampton Town form and stats

The story so far in the League One for Northampton Town, who have the fewest scored goals (33) in League One, at their home stadium (PTS Academy Stadium) is 7 wins, 4 draws and 9 defeats. The opportunity of a proper winning streak is there for the hosts, with two straight wins here at PTS Academy Stadium.

Northampton are hoping to put things right at home after a defeat in their previous match, the score 0-3 away versus Hull City. Before that, Northampton had a home game versus Shrewsbury Town which ended with a victory 1-0.

This is expected to be a close game, with Northampton perhaps considered small favourites due to their home advantage. Looking back at earlier matches similar to this one (expected to be close with Northampton Town as a small favourite), we find twelve games. Northampton Town has won seven of these, drawn two and lost three.

Northampton aren't scoring a lot here at PTS Academy Stadium in the league, with only 16 goals from 20 games. On the other hand, Northampton Town have conceded 22 goals. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 home matches.

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Bristol Rovers form and stats

The hunting on away grounds haven’t been very fruitful for Bristol Rovers, who have the fewest scored goals (16) away in League One, so far with only 14 points returning home. The records show 3-5-12 (win-draw-lose). The loyal fans travelling with their beloved Bristol have enjoyed the stadium food more than the matches as the visitors have gone twelve consecutive matches without winning on the road. The last time three points were secured away was the AFC Wimbledon game.

Impressive finishing from Luke McCormick (2) secured the home win 2-1 against Doncaster Rovers in their previous game. A 1-2 defeat away at Ipswich Town before that.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Bristol Rovers playing away and similar expectations, we found twelve relevant matches. Results were five Bristol wins, four draws and three defeats.

The attacking power of Bristol Rovers when travelling is not overwhelming with 16 goals scored from 20 league matches away. As for defending, Bristol rarely keep clean sheets as they have conceded 35 goals from these away matches.

Head 2 Head

The last H2H meeting was Bristol Rovers - Northampton 2-0, played this season. Last ten meetings between the teams: Northampton Town won one, Bristol Rovers won six and three draws. five games with over 2,5 goals, five matches with two goals or less.

Top Goalscorers

NorthamptonR. Watson
R. Watson
8 goals
Bristol RoversB. Hanlan
B. Hanlan
7 goals
Bristol RoversL. Leahy
L. Leahy
6 goals

Northampton Town missing players

Bristol Rovers missing players

Northampton Town Bristol Rovers
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
40 20 6 Played P 6 20 40
10 7 2 Won W 2 3 10
9 4 2 Drew D 2 5 7
21 9 2 Lost L 2 12 23
33 16 5 Scored S 6 16 39
57 22 6 Conceded C 5 35 63
82% 85% 83% Over 0.5 O 0.5 83% 85% 90%
65% 55% 50% Over 1.5 O 1.5 33% 70% 75%
42% 25% 33% Over 2.5 O 2.5 17% 35% 42%
22% 20% 17% Over 3.5 O 3.5 17% 25% 22%
8% 5% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 17% 25% 18%
35% 20% 33% BTTS BTTS 33% 45% 48%
28% 35% 33% Clean Sheets C S 33% 20% 18%
55% 60% 50% Failed to Score F T 50% 50% 45%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
2.1 2 2.7 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1.3 1.8 1.6
3 1 0 Red cards R C 1 2 2
 
9.2 8.8 10.2 Shots (avg) S ( 13 11.6 11.7
3.1 2.5 3.3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.3 3 3.5
27% 31% 25% Goal Efficiency G E 30% 26% 28%
Key stats in League One this season:
  • Bristol Rovers have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.
  • Bristol Rovers have the fewest scored goals (16) away in League One
  • Bristol Rovers have the the worst goal difference (-19) away in League One
  • Northampton Town have the fewest points from losing position (1) in League One
  • Northampton Town have the fewest scored goals (16) at home in League One
  • Northampton Town have the fewest scored goals (33) in League One
  • Northampton Town have the fewest scored goals in the second half (13) in League One

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Hull City 40 23 7 10 68 32 20 12 3 5 25 10 20 11 4 5 43 22 36 76
2 Peterborough United 39 22 7 10 67 38 19 14 3 2 44 15 20 8 4 8 23 23 29 73
3 Sunderland 38 19 14 5 59 29 19 9 6 4 27 18 19 10 8 1 32 11 30 71
4 Portsmouth 38 19 7 12 56 40 20 8 5 7 27 21 18 11 2 5 29 19 16 64
5 Blackpool 37 18 9 10 50 33 18 9 6 3 26 17 19 9 3 7 24 16 17 63
6 Lincoln City 37 18 8 11 55 40 19 8 3 8 28 26 18 10 5 3 27 14 15 62
7 Charlton Athletic 38 16 11 11 55 50 18 6 5 7 30 33 20 10 6 4 25 17 5 59
8 Ipswich Town 38 17 8 13 41 38 20 11 3 6 22 17 18 6 5 7 19 21 3 59
9 Gillingham 40 17 7 16 56 54 20 9 3 8 28 28 20 8 4 8 28 26 2 58
10 Doncaster Rovers 37 17 6 14 54 48 19 11 4 4 32 20 18 6 2 10 22 28 6 57
11 Accrington Stanley 38 16 9 13 51 52 19 9 5 5 24 16 19 7 4 8 27 36 -1 57
12 Oxford United 39 16 8 15 53 48 19 9 4 6 25 17 20 7 4 9 28 31 5 56
13 Milton Keynes Dons 39 15 9 15 55 54 20 8 7 5 30 25 19 7 2 10 25 29 1 54
14 Crewe Alexandra 38 15 9 14 47 48 19 9 5 5 28 21 19 6 4 9 19 27 -1 54
15 Fleetwood Town 39 14 11 14 42 33 20 8 7 5 24 14 19 6 4 9 18 19 9 53
16 Plymouth Argyle 40 14 10 16 50 63 20 11 4 5 30 27 20 3 6 11 20 36 -13 52
17 Shrewsbury Town 37 12 13 12 43 42 18 5 7 6 25 23 19 7 6 6 18 19 1 49
18 Burton Albion 38 12 9 17 48 62 19 6 2 11 25 37 19 6 7 6 23 25 -14 45
19 Northampton Town 40 10 9 21 33 57 20 7 4 9 16 22 20 3 5 12 17 35 -24 39
20 Swindon Town 39 11 4 24 45 69 20 7 1 12 21 32 19 4 3 12 24 37 -24 37
21 Bristol Rovers 40 10 7 23 39 63 20 7 2 11 23 28 20 3 5 12 16 35 -24 37
22 AFC Wimbledon 38 8 12 18 36 61 18 4 4 10 19 31 20 4 8 8 17 30 -25 36
23 Wigan Athletic 39 9 8 22 39 66 19 3 5 11 18 36 20 6 3 11 21 30 -27 35
24 Rochdale 38 7 12 19 47 69 19 1 9 9 20 38 19 6 3 10 27 31 -22 33

Read more about League One

The English Football League One (usually referred to as League One) is the third highest division in English football. The League One league table has 24 teams playing each other home and away for a total of 552 fixtures. Seasons run from August to May. Three teams are promoted and four relegated.