Last Time Out
The Cobblers saw off Reading 3-1 at Sixfields on Tuesday night while Shrewsbury were beaten 3-0 at Oxford United.
One To Watch
Versatile midfielder Carl Winchester turned his loan deal from Sunderland into a permanent one over the summer having been one of the most consistent members of the side last season.
The Northern Irishman started his career at Linfield before moving to Oldham in 2010. After seven years at Boundary Park, he spent time at Cheltenham and Forest Green before signing for Sunderland in 2021. He spent all of last season on loan for the Shrews and enjoyed it enough to sign a permanent deal back in June.
Shrewsbury will be without defender Joe Anderson through suspension after he was given his marching orders on Tuesday night at Oxford. Everyone else came through the game with no new injury concerns for Matt Taylor to worry about. Ryan Finnigan is a long term absentee and he could be out until the New Year.
The Cobblers are likely to be missing Jon Guthrie after he came off during the win over Reading but Ali Koiki could return to the squad for the first time this season. Louis Appéré and Akin Odimayo also suffered knocks in that game and will be assessed. Jack Sowerby and Will Hondermarck are both due back in training next week but Tyler Magloire and Danny Hylton are still a long way off coming back.
Carl Brook takes charge of the game on Saturday afternoon. Brook last officiated the Cobblers last February for our 0-0 home draw with AFC Wimbledon. Oliver Bickle and Marvyn Amphlett are running the lines and Tom Reeves is fourth official.
If the Cobblers can score early and get the home fans riled up we could be in with a chance of making it nine points in a week. I think we can pull it off. 2-0 Cobblers.
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.