Plymouth vs Cheltenham by Luke
Plymouth has started the season in a really poor way, with two defeats early in the season, but have now improved and with three consecutive victories in last weeks are currently seventh at the table, just a point below second placed Luton and three points below leading Morecambe. Their defeats came against Luton and Carlisle, but completely different image was seen later on during August.
The team won over Notts County and Mansfield, winning also over Blackpool in the previous round 1:0 away from home last weekend. Only goal was scored in 50th minute via Bulvitis, in quite an overall equal game, while the hosts tried to respond - however, once they stood with a man less in 70th minute it was all over for them as they couldn't find a way to threaten the visitors further. Plymouth is now looking to keep the momentum and establish themselves inside the promotional positions, which surely is their big target for this season.
Home side has defender Gary Sawyer (5/0) as doubtful for today's game, but with chances to play, while they can't count at long term absentees defender Karleigh Osborne and forward Ryan Brunt, both without performing so far in the season anyway.
Cheltenham, on the other side, is having mediocre start for now, however after first four rounds without a victory (0-3-1 record), the team comes from a three pointer last weekend at home against Crewe in a 2:0 victory. They entered the game in a really strong way and installed the double lead already in 22nd minute with goals from Dickie and Dayton.
Visitors tried to get back into the match, but their attacks were simply too slow and the home team didn't have much problems keeping the lead. After this victory, Cheltenham escaped from the relegation zone and are currently at thirteenth position, having six points for now, which is three more than relegating troubled Exeter and three less than play-off placed Plymouth.
Guests won't be able to count at team captain defender Aaron Downes, who didn't perform till now in the season, as well as midfielders Jack Munns and Kyle Storer, also without playing so far. Forwards Dan Holman (2/0) is doubtful, while defender James Jennings (3/0) went on loan.
One way or another, this should be a victory for Plymouth. Hosts are in much better form at the moment and there's no doubt that the individual quality also speaks in their favor. Their chances are surely above 50% in this one and I'll take the odds gladly.