Swindon Town will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Northampton Town in the EFL Sky Bet League Two later today.
The Reds are in action at Sixfields this afternoon - 2pm Kick-Off - and the main mission will be to bounce back after losing to Port Vale at The County Ground last Saturday.
It has still been a very encouraging start to the 2021-22 season for Ben Garner's team, though, and they are unbeaten away from home in the league so far.
They will look to maintain that excellent away form today, although Northampton will pose a tough test given that they have kept five clean sheets in seven league games.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the game...
LAST TIME WE MET
A Scott Twine special and a late goal from Brett Pitman were enough to gift Town a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Cobblers when these two teams last met on 27th February 2021.
|Season / Date||Competition||Result||Town Scorers|
|2020-21 - 27 Feb (H)||Sky Bet League One||2-1||Twine, Pitman|
|2020-21 - 20 Oct (A)||Sky Bet League One||2-1||T.Smith|
|2019-20 - 11 Feb (A)||Sky Bet League Two||0-1||Lyden|
|2019-20 - 20 Aug (H)||Sky Bet League Two||0-1|
|2018-19 - 26 Dec (A)||Sky Bet League Two||1-1||Anderson|
FULL RECORD V NORTHAMPTON
Please remember that kick-off for today's game is at the earlier time of 2pm, so please keep this in mind when planning your journey.
We also want to stress to fans that, if you do not have a ticket for today's game, then please DO NOT travel to Northampton as there will be NO available tickets on the day.
Tickets for this fixture are SOLD OUT for away fans.
Finally, those fans who have a ticket for the game but didn't collect it from Swindon before 3:30pm on Friday, will be able to pick theirs up from Northampton on the day on Saturday with SAS Travel taking up any tickets that haven't been collected.
We wish you a safe journey today and here's to three points!
Town will be without Anthony Grant for today's game as the midfielder continue to isolate following his return from international duty, although Ricky Aguiar (ankle) is fit and raring to go.
Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry both trained this week and are closing in on returns, while Harry McKirdy (quad) will continue to be assessed ahead of kick-off today.
For Northampton, they will be without Joseph Mills and former Town loanee Sid Nelson, with the latter having suffered an ACL Tear and a Meniscus Tear.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:
Jon Brady, Northampton Town Manager: “Swindon are very fluid in what they do, they move the ball well and they have a few offensive dangers we need to nullify.
“Ben Garner has done a brilliant job to get them to where they are so quickly, I think they were still putting a team together two or three weeks before the season and whatever he has done, it’s certainly working.
"We know they will be a threat, they have been very strong away from home but we will go into the game looking to build on our own excellent start."
Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "They've had a good start to the season.
"Defensively they are very strong and they've had five clean sheets in seven games, so they are very well organised.
"I watched their game on Tuesday night at Newport and they are very resilient, very structured and they posed a threat constantly throughout the game.
"They are very, very good off set-pieces, they have been very effective from set-pieces this season and from long throws, so we know it is going to be a really tough game.
"However, we're unbeaten away from home in all competitions and we want to keep that record as long as we can.
"We will certainly be going there to win the game.
"We're focussing on ourselves and we need to be better in what we do in terms of reducing the effects of what the other team does, and that's been our big focus this week and that will be our focus moving forward as we head into future games.
"We're looking forward to the game and I'm fully expecting a much stronger performance this week than against Port Vale last week."
ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO:
Bradford City v Barrow (3pm)
Bristol Rovers v Leyton Orient (3pm)
Carlisle United v Scunthorpe United (3pm)
Colchester United v Crawley Town (3pm)
Exeter City v Sutton United (3pm)
Mansfield Town v Rochdale (3pm)
Newport County v Walsall (3pm)
Oldham Athletic v Hartlepool United (3pm)
Port Vale v Harrogate Town (3pm)
Stevenage v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Salford City (3pm)
Referee - Brett Huxtable
Assistant Referee - Ian Smedley
Assistant Referee - Anthony Da Costa
Fourth Official - Declan O'Shea
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Can’t make it to Northampton today? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.
In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.