Last Time Out
The Cobblers saw off Burton Albion 2-0 at Sixfields two weeks ago while Cambridge were hammered 5-0 by that blue lot from down the road.
One To Watch
Fejiri Okenabirhie is a proven goal scorer at this level and has netted eight times so far this season.
Okenabirhie was on the books at Arsenal and Stevenage as a youngster before moving to Harrow Borough in 2015. Productive spells at Dagenham and Redbridge, Shrewsbury and Doncaster followed before Cambridge swooped for his services in July 2022. After a struggle of a a first season at the Abbey, he’s started this season like a man on a mission and should lead the U’s attack at Sixfields.
The Cobblers could bring Jon Guthrie back into the fold after the defender played for half an hour during Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy defeat at Stadium:MK. Louis Appéré also got some more minutes in his legs during that one and could be ready to start. Lee Burge, Tyler Magloire, Ben Fox and Danny Hylton remain sidelined and Ali Koiki is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury at MK.
Cambridge should welcome back Sullay Kaikai after he had to miss the derby defeat for personal reasons. Gassan Ahadme could be pushing for a start after coming off the bench at London Road.
Lewis Smith is the referee on Saturday, making it a fairly quick return to Sixfields for him – Smith was in charge on the opening day for the Cobblers’ home defeat to Stevenage. Darren Wilding and Scott Williams are running the lines and Conor Farrell is fourth official.
This should be a tight one with Cambridge wanting to get back on form after that disastrous derby day a couple of weeks back. They’re likely to try and stop us playing so there probably won’t be a lot in it but i’ll go for us to nick it 1-0.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.