Swindon Town vs Northampton Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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There is a massive game taking place at the bottom of League One between Swindon Town and Northampton Town at the county ground. Kick-off is at 15:00.

Whilst the race for promotion is starting to hot up at the top of League One, the relegation fight is looking rather mouthwatering too. Just three points separate the bottom seven sides in the division and two of them go head to head on Saturday: Swindon and Northampton.

Swindon sit 19th in the division with 28 points from 30 games. Their last game was an impressive 2-2 draw with Lincoln City in midweek.

Their visitors Northampton are two points adrift of safety and sit 23rd. The Cobblers will arrive at the County Ground following a goalless draw with fellow strugglers Rochdale on Tuesday. 

Team news

Swindon have no new fresh injury concerns following their draw with Lincoln in midweek. Boss John Sheridan will hope to have Tyler Smith, Jordan Lyden and Joel Grant back for Saturday afternoon. 

Like Swindon, Northampton have no new injury concerns for the game. Caretaker manager  Jon Brady is still monitoring the fitness or froward Mickel Miller who was substituted at half time on Tuesday under strict instructions form the medical department. Brady has told the press this week that Miller could be fit enough to get more minutes on Saturday.

Predicted lineups

Swindon Town: Wollacott, Hunt, Broadbent, Grounds, Odimayo, Palmer, Twine, Payne, Thompson, Garrick, Pitman.

Northampton Town: Mitchell, Kioso, Sheehan, Jones, Mills, Watson, McWilliams, Morris, Miller, Rose, Marshall.

Ones to watch

Swindon's danger man on Saturday afternoon will come up top in the form of experienced sticker Brett Pitman. Pitman has netted four times for the Robins so far this season and while he hasn't been the prolific scorer we know from his Portsmouth days, he will still be a threat.

Pitman likes to face the Cobblers, having scored twice against them in his career. Although Northampton fans will be boosted by the fact Pitman has lost four of the seven games he has played in against the Cobblers in his career. 

Since the sacking of Keith Curle, winger Mark Marshall has been back in the Northampton team under Jon Brady and has been a real danger out wide. 

Marshall was frozen out by Curle and has been fantastic when given the opportunity by Brady. He grabbed his chance with both hands last weekend picking up a hattrick of assists against the MK Dons in the Cobblers 4-3 defeat. 

Previous meetings

Saturday's fixture certainly has plenty of history behind it. The two sides have faced each other 106 times previously with 48 Swindon wins, 22 draws and 36 Northampton wins.

The last time the sides met was in October 2020 when the Cobblers cam out on top by two goals to one. 

Where to watch

Swindon Town season ticket holders can watch the game for free on iFollow STFC, while non-season ticket holders can watch the game for £10 here

Northampton Town fans can watch the game for the same price on iFollow Cobblers

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