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MATCH PREVIEW: Northampton Town v Swindon Town

SWINDON TOWN travel to The PTS Academy Stadium tonight as Richie Wellens' outfit look to return to winning ways against promotion-chasing Northampton Town. Total Sport Swindon's Rajan Hothi previews the clash.

Having been held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Carlisle United in their last outing, Wellens will be eager for his side to return to winning ways, but a tough test awaits as they come up against a Northampton side that has impressed at home this season. 

After a poor start to the season, the Cobblers have gone from surprise strugglers to promotion candidates. Keith Curle's side currently occupies sixth spot in the League Two standings, but a loss to Port Vale last week saw them lose ground on the top three. 

Northampton have been hard to break down on their own patch this season and can boast the best defensive record at home - conceding just 11 goals in their 16 home games. 

Former Swindon striker Andy Williams has been vital to the Cobblers success this season, and has perhaps slipped under the radar after finding the net eight times during their league campaign. 

In contrast, Swindon's goalscoring threats have been well documented with Jerry Yates and Eoin Doyle scoring a combined 35 goals in League Two this season.

Hallam Hope has also been involved in the goals since signing in January - scoring two in his four games for Swindon. 

Swindon's recent decline in away form has caused concern amongst some fans - with their last away win coming on New Year's Day against Plymouth, but the league-leaders can still boast the second-best away record in the division. 

Seven wins and four draws from their 16 away games has seen them claim an impressive 25 points on their travels, but away performances have been poor in recent weeks. 

Conditions in the games against Newport and Carlisle made it difficult for Swindon to play their natural game, but injuries have also plagued the squad since the festive period. 

Previewing the fixture, Town manager Richie Wellens spoke to Total Sport Swindon, and highlighted just how unlucky they continue to be with injuries. 

"Baudry hasn't trained and the injection hasn't gone well so he is definitely out. Yates is out after getting a blow to his knee in training. He tried to carry on, but he is going for a scan today," stated Wellens.

"Anderson travelled with us to Carlisle on Friday but he pulled out of that training session. We need to get some fitness into him.

"His whole season has been in for two games, out for five, in for two, out for ten and we can't keep working like that. We need to make sure when he does come back, he is fully fit.

"It's a good opportunity for someone to come in. They've obviously been chomping at the bit, so we'll have to change a couple of things around and give opportunities to different players," he said.

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