Match Preview: Northampton Town V Colchester United

Chessie takes a look ahead to the Cobblers' first game of the season at home to Colchester United

Match Preview

So, here we go again! After the heartache of the final day, Cobblers fans would be forgiven for being in need of a bit of a break from the football, but we find ourselves back and ready for the new season, albeit a little earlier than normal. On paper, the Cobblers look to have made some solid signings and are hot favourites for the title (which will of course, strike fear into the hearts of all of us-there’s something about that pressure!), only trouble with that is the expectation the new players now face!

The Opposition

Up first are Colchester, who’ve not had the easiest of journeys over the last few years. They’ll start this season without Captain Tommy Smith and Eymr Huws and with a new management team in place, it’s all change for the Essex team.

Last Time Out

Last time out Sam Hoskins helped the Cobblers cruise to a 3-0 victory in a stand out performance for the team, something they’ll be hoping to repeat on Saturday.

One To Watch

Noah Chilvers is the man to look out for according to Max from the Views On The U’s podcast.

The midfielder was the standout performer for Wayne Brown’s side last season and the U’s boss has admitted that the club will do very well to keep hold of him.

Team News

The Cobblers fairly unchanged from last year (with the exception of a few faces, Roberts in particular), the only huge loss is McGowan, who is sidelined until September.

Former Cobblers loanee, Emyr Huws is not available for Colchester along with club captain, Tommy Smith. The pair both picked up an injury during pre season. 

Line-Up Prediction

Match Officials

Martin Woods is the man in the middle for the first league game of the season and he loves a home win.

The last 7 games Woods has been in charge of have resulted in wins for the home side.

6 of them were in the National League, with Walsall’s 1-0 home in over Carlisle being the only other EFL tie he’s referee’d.

Prediction

I’m predicting a fairly comfortable 2-0, with Hylton and Appere making the perfect combination upfront with a goal a piece.

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