Northampton vs Barnet
Northanpton's financial woes were public knowledge for the last two months. The club were in dire financial straits and the players weren't being paid their salaries for two months. However, this seemed to galvanise the players and a run saw them win seven and draw one. This ensured Northampton sat proudly at the top of League two for a brief period. Since then the new owners have cleared the debts and ensured everyone is happy once again. So much so that they've already identified some January transfer targets to bolster an already strong squad.
The host come into the game having won 6 of their last 8 matches, losing once to fellow promotion hopefuls Portsmouth. That loss was their first in ten games and was also only their third defeat at the Sixfields. Despite beating high flying Accrington in their last match Northampton manager Wilder wasn't impressed and has vowed to utilise his squad despite changing a winning team.
Winger Ricky Holmes is pushing for a start after setting up the winner for Marc Richards in that game and Sam Hoskins could also come into contention for a start.
Barnet, promoted back to the football league in the summer have definitely improved since Martin Allen made some tactical adjustments in the last few weeks. However their improvement has come in the home matches and they've still only won once in 12 away matches this season. Today's visitors have picked up only one point from their last four away games and that point was against Yeovil who have had a very poor season themselves.
Martin Allen is unlikely to make many changes to his Barnet team following their recent improved performances.
Luke Gamblin missed out on Monday's defeat at Cambridge because of illness, so Allen hopes to again have him available. On-loan Josh Clarke has returned to parent club Brentford for treatment and is expected to miss out. Beyond him, goalkeeper Graham Stack and defender Michael Nelson remain long-term absentees.
This game pits the best home form against the worst away form. Barnet have picked up only five points on the road whereas Northampton boast a huge 25 points at home. Northampton are already 18 points better than their opponents and with the manager ringing the changes to make sure complacency isn't an issue I expect Northampton to blast Barnet away and get the three points.
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|Northampton to win||Bet365||2.05||10||3-0 WON (+10.5 units)|