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CHELTENHAM TOWN: The Robins’ Home run

With 14 games left to play and 42 points left to play for, Cheltenham Town’s next five are crucial in their survival push.

Michael Duff’s men are currently six points away from Macclesfield who lie in 23rd and have a game in hand on The Silkmen. Despite the reasonable comfortability of the position they find themselves in, Cheltenham will be looking to consolidate their place in League Two within the next five games, writes Chad Wrenn.

Four out of their next five will be contested at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, which is a massive boost for the Gloucestershire-based club. The home advantage will certainly play a part, but how do we expect the Robins to get on?

Cambridge United (H)

Position: 18th

Form: WWLWD

It’s a classic six-pointer against Colin Calderwood’s Cambridge who have recently pulled away from the relegation zone after winning five games since Boxing Day. The solid business of bringing in four loan players, all from higher divisions, is a key aspect that has helped their ambition of staying in the league.

Prediction: 1-1

Port Vale (H)

Position: 20th

Form: WLDLL

Making up the other position that wedges Cheltenham into 19th are Port Vale, a side that have conceded less goals than every team from 13th downwards. However, they really struggle at the top end of the pitch and have scored the least amount of goals in League Two overall.

Prediction: 2-0

Mansfield Town (A)

Following those two back-to-back six pointers, Cheltenham then travel to Field Mill to play Mansfield. The Nottinghamshire-based club have conceded the least amount of goals in the whole of League Two and currently hold the third automatic promotion spot. A very difficult task for Duff’s team.

Position: 3rd

Form: WDWLL

Prediction: 2-1

Bury (H)

The Robins then face up against Bury who are also in the automatic promotion race. They’re unbeaten in eleven in all competitions. The one guiding light is that the Shakers will have to travel and this could benefit Cheltenham’s pursuit of points.

Position: 2nd

Form: WDDWW

0-1

Notts County (H)

Finally, a tie against bottom place Notts County could resign the oldest ever professional football team to the depths of non-league. With Neal Ardley’s men leaking more goals than anyone else in the league, this particular game will be a must win for Cheltenham Town at home.

Position: 24th

Form: LLDWW

Prediction: 4-1

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