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‘One step closer’ – Northampton Town vs Derby County prediction: The72

The72’s writers offer their Northampton Town vs Derby County prediction ahead of their League One clash on Saturday afternoon.

The72’s writers offer their Northampton Town vs Derby County prediction ahead of their League One clash on Saturday afternoon.

Northampton Town head into this encounter with Derby County following a 2-0 loss away from home against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. It stretched their run of games without a victory to five.

Matt Butcher opened the scoring for the hosts in the 69th minute before grabbing his second of the afternoon just 15 minutes later to condemn the Cobblers to defeat. Jon Brady’s men dropped to 14th in the table as a result, with a second consecutive season in League One looking extremely likely next season.

Derby County meanwhile secured a vital victory in the race for promotion in their last outing as they defeated Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at Pride Park.

Kane Wilson scored the only goal of the game, glancing in a header with little over 10 minutes remaining on the clock as the Rams extended their gap above 3rd place to four points. Paul Warne’s side are sat 2nd with seven games to go.

Here, a handful of our writers make their predictions for the game…

Jacob Hackett

“History would suggest that Derby are due a slight fall-off at this stage of the season, but the Rams have gone from strength to strength in recent weeks and look in fine form heading into the final stretch of the campaign.

“The form book does not read too kindly for Northampton, and with Derby’s away record being as strong as it is, it could be a fairly routine win for Warne’s side.

“Brady’s men have also got a few injury struggles to contend with, so that is another factor that could go against them when they face the Rams on Saturday.

“I don’t expect Derby to blitz the Cobblers, although I do think they should have enough to take three points back home comfortably. The scoreline, however, I think will be a narrow one.”

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James Ray

“Northampton haven’t been in great form in recent times but they’re a decent side, so Derby County won’t be in for an easy game. It should be a competitive one but ultimately, I do see the Rams emerging victorious.

“At this point in the season, mentality is absolutely crucial. The Rams have been prone to late falters in form before but Paul Warne has plenty of experience in this situation and with the older players in the group boasting promotion pedigree, I think they’re well-equipped to get over the line.

“I can see them getting the job done here and moving one step closer to automatic promotion.”

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