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Preview: Cheltenham Town v Barrow

16 March 2021

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The Jonny-Rocks Stadium is home to Cheltenham Town

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this evening's League Two meeting with Cheltenham Town at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Cheltenham Town v Barrow
Tuesday 16th March 2021, 7pm
The Jonny-Rocks Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
A fantastic run of eight wins from 11 games has seen Cheltenham Town storm to the top of a congested League Two table ahead of tonight’s meeting with Barrow.

The Robins suffered a dip in form in the build-up to their big FA Cup tie against Premier League giants Manchester City but have regained their league focus immediately following that game.

Michael Duff’s men recovered from an unexpected 3-1 defeat at Mansfield Town last Tuesday to secure an impressive 1-0 victory at Exeter City on Saturday to remain one point clear at the top.

One To Watch
Alfie May’s brace in the 3-2 win over Port Vale ten days ago took the Cheltenham Town front man into double figures for the 2020/21 campaign.

The 27-year-old joined The Robins last January when they paid Doncaster Rovers an undisclosed fee and he’s been a reliable source of goals ever since.

May had a particularly productive January when he scored four in five games, including putting Town in front against Manchester City in an FA Cup tie which was eventually lost 3-1.

Head To Head
Barrow haven’t had much joy against Cheltenham Town historically, with December’s 3-0 win at The Progression Solicitors Stadium being The Bluebirds first triumph over The Robins since 1990/91.

Town did the double over Barrow last time the two sides shared a division in the National League back in 2015/16 as the Gloucestershire outfit won instant promotion back to the Football League.

Referee
James Bell will oversee his third Barrow game of the current campaign when he’s on the whistle for this evening’s tussle with Cheltenham Town at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

The official stepped up to the EFL list of referees during the summer and last officiated The Bluebirds during the 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers in December when he showed a red card to Harrison Biggins.

Bell also oversaw our 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley in the Papa John’s Trophy, while his most recent appointment came on Saturday when he presided over Gillingham’s 3-1 win at Swindon Town.

Betting
Cheltenham Town have been installed as 10/11 favourites to collect three points tonight, with Barrow rated a 3/1 shot for victory and a draw priced up at 9/4 with the bookies.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on this evening’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch tonight’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – fans are reminded that Season Ticket holders do not get free access to away games.

Fans in the UK can buy a Match Pass now to watch tonight’s action at Cheltenham Town priced at £10, while overseas supporters pay £7.

We would remind supporters that commentary attached to the live stream this evening will be provided by the home team, with BBC Radio Cumbria unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for tonight’s game.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of the game as we link up with Cheltenham Town for their live coverage, due to BBC Radio Cumbria being prevented from travelling due to COVID-19 restrictions.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.


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