PREVIEW: Wanderers v Cheltenham Town

In-form Wanderers kick off February with the visit of Cheltenham Town.

After a productive January which brought four wins and a draw – as well as progress in the Papa Johns Trophy – Ian Evatt’s men will be looking to keep the momentum going.

The Whites currently sit fifth in the League One table and will be seeking a hat-trick of league wins for the first time since a four-match winning streak in September.

Manager quotes:

Ian Evatt: “These games are never easy. Everyone expects you to win.

“Cheltenham coming here, and having already beaten us this season, will want to show they can beat anybody in this division and no doubt raise their game because of this stadium, this football club and the atmosphere that’s going to be created on Saturday.

“We need to match that first and foremost and then, hopefully, our quality will shine through.

“It’s easy to say we’re not really looking at league tables, but we’re not. We just need to keep racking up points, keep concentrating on the next game, a game-by-game mentality and mindset and make sure we win on Saturday and then we know we’re going to be in the top six.

“It’s as simple as that. Just take care of our own business.”

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Cheltenham manager Wade Elliott:

“We usually have good games with Bolton, over the past two or three seasons.

“Ian has done a good job. He's been backed again in January and brought in some good players, so we are expecting a good game.

“We have shown we are capable of going toe to toe with anybody. We've gone to Ipswich and taken a point, we have performed well against Sheff Wed, Bolton, Plymouth, Derby.

“We have shown that when our mindset is right and we approach the game in the right manner, then we can go and compete with any team.”

Team news:

Wanderers are set to have deadline-day signing Luke Mbete in their squad for the first time.

Elias Kachunga remains suspended and defender George Johnston joins MJ Williams on the sidelines with injury.

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Former Cheltenham loanee Dan Nlundulu isn’t fit to face the Robins as he recovers from a hamstring injury but Shola Shoretire has shaken off the knock he picked up in last weekend’s win at Charlton.

Cheltenham could include new signing Aidan Keena after recruiting the striker from Sligo Rovers.

However, the Robins’ other transfer-window signing – Luton’s Glen Rea – is not yet fit to figure.

Experienced midfielder Liam Sercombe is expected to be fit after missing two games with a foot injury.

Form guide:

Wanderers’ 2-1 victory at Charlton last weekend made it back-to-back wins and four wins from their last six games in League One to move level on points with fourth-placed Derby County.

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The Whites have won their last three home games and lost just once in 11 games in all competitions.

Cheltenham – who won 1-0 in the reverse fixture in October – ended a run of four successive league defeats with a 0-0 draw at home to Port Vale last Saturday.

The 18th-placed Robins are four points clear of the relegation places with their one win so far since the turn of the year earning them a semi-final tie in the Papa Johns Trophy.


Referee: Sunny Singh Gill

Assistant referees: Stephen Wade, Ollie Williams

Fourth official: Andy Haines


Saturday 3pm


Tickets are still available to buy HERE


The game will be streamed live on BWFC iFollow for overseas subscribers with audio commentary available in the UK with match passes available HERE

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