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PREVIEW: Cheltenham v Bristol City

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he break for the Euro 2016 Qualifiers is now upon us as we look forward to the delights of England v San Marino on Thursday but before the excitement (!!) I’m off to Cheltenham…..

Not the races, although it’s not too long to wait now for their season opening Showcase meeting on 17th and 18th October. It will be very much a different landscape at jumping’s HQ with the builders currently being in.

But it’s the football tonight and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round match between the two ‘Robins’ Cheltenham and Bristol City (LIVE SKY 7.45pm) which might well be a better betting opportunity in all honesty than England v San Marino which should be goal a minute for England but of course won’t be.

The big question will be how important this is for Bristol City? They are currently leading League One with an impressive 25 points from their opening 11 games and clearly promotion is a priority. They are also hot away from home and unbeaten in their last eight away games.

Cheltenham, on the other hand, are 10th in League Two and struggling with their current form and are now without a win in their last six games.

They get a boost tonight by the return of defender Troy Brown and midfielder Jason Taylor after both being sidelined through suspension.

(Max 10 matches)
Jan 2007 League One Bristol C 0-1 Cheltenham
Dec 2006 League One Cheltenham 2-2 Bristol C
Aug 2006 Carling Cup Cheltenham 2-1 Bristol C
Mar 2003 League Div 2 Bristol C 3-1 Cheltenham
Sep 2002 League Div 2 Cheltenham 2-3 Bristol C
Aug 2001 League Cup Bristol C 2-1 Cheltenham
Jan 2000 Football League Trop Bristol C 3-1 Cheltenham

I think Bristol City will continue their good form tonight and show the gulf between the two sides. Possibly naively but I’m always a believer that even though sides have bigger targets – winning is never a bad thing.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)

BACK BRISTOL CITY for 10 points at around 5/6 with Star Sports


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