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Sunday, 16th Sep 2007 00:00

Into The Play-Off Zone?

Cheltenham v Swansea - Match Preview

This game was initially scheduled for the Friday before last but was called off due to international commitments. It was widely speculated that it was to get new players in and to give Joe Allen the chance to deputise for Ferrie Bodde. So maybe there is a degree of irony that we have no new players and Allen is out injured and not going to feature on Tuesday.

Bodde though does sit out the last match of his suspension - he will return at Leeds on Saturday - meaning a space in midfield which could be filled by one of several options. I guess the obvious one is to draft in Kris O'Leary but there is every chance that Roberto may move either Britton or Robinson into the middle and give a league start to Paul Anderson, who grabbed the winner on Friday night. It is easy to see that Robinson moving into the middle made a difference against Carlisle and I guess the obvious move is to leave him there with Pratley alongside him.

At the back we may see the return of Marcos Painter which is likely to see Austin drop to the bench although Roberto may prefer to move him into the middle and leave Lawrence on the bench but I suspect that if Painter is back the first option will be the one that he follows.

Despite the suggestions from some areas there will be no changes up front with Duffy and Scotland continuing their developing partnership with Warren Feeney providing the option on the bench.

Therefore, with all the permutations I think we will line up as follows


Rangel Monk Lawrence Painter/Austin

Britton Pratley Robinson Anderson

Scotland Duffy

Cheltenham striker Steven Gillespie is a doubt with a hip injury but on-loan Jennison Myrie-Williams should return after a knee injury.

Fellow forward Craig Reid is closing in on a return from a calf injury and could also be involved.

Cheltenham grabbed an impressive win at Huddersfield on the weekend and whilst a win will propel us into the top 4, a win for the home side will also move them into the top 5 so most definitely we should not be taking this game for granted.

It's a big week for the Swans on the road with Saturday's trip to Leeds coming hot on the heels of this one and anything in excess of 3 points would be a superb return from the two fixtures and set us up nicely for the home games that follow against Brighton and Swindon.

Perversely I can't see us winning at Cheltenham but I can at Leeds - work that one out - and I honestly believe that tomorrow will end in a draw - 1-1.

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