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Match Preview – Cheltenham vs Grimsby

Last Updated: 07/12/18 3:54pm

Cheltenham will be without Jordon Forster for the League Two clash with Grimsby.

The defender must serve a one-game suspension because of an accumulation of yellow cards.

On-loan Chelsea midfielder Jacob Maddox returned from a hamstring issue in the FA Cup defeat by Accrington but only lasted an hour and then missed the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Newport. He should, though, be available. Sean Long and Kevin Dawson remain sidelined through injury.

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Grimsby must refocus on league matters after booking an FA Cup third-round date with Premier League Crystal Palace by beating Chesterfield last weekend. JJ Hooper has struggled to get into the squad in recent weeks and has joined Bromley on a month’s loan.

Boss Michael Jolley could name the same team that defeated the Spireites. Young midfielder Harry Clifton appears to have cemented his place in the side after scoring twice in successive matches. Reece Hall-Johnson, Akin Famewo and Elliott Whitehouse all remain absent.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Bury and Cheltenham.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Bury and Cheltenham.

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Including play-offs, Cheltenham have only lost one of their last seven games against Grimsby in the Football League (W4 D2), although that was their last home game against them in October 2017 (2-3).

Grimsby have won three of their five visits to Cheltenham in League Two, losing the other two in the 2009-10 and 2016-17 campaigns.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Grimsby and Tranmere.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Grimsby and Tranmere.

Cheltenham ended a run of 10 home league games without a victory by beating Newport Count 2-1 in their last League Two game at Whaddon road – the Robins will be looking to win back-to-back home league games for the first time in 2018.

Grimsby have won just one of their last nine away league games (D2 L6), a 1-0 victory against Carlisle in September.

Each of Grimsby’s last nine League Two goals have been scored by different players (a Malvind Benning own goal, Ahkeem Rose, Charles Vernam, Harry Cardwell, Harry Clifton, Wes Thomas, Harry Davis, Mitch Rose, Elliot Embleton).

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