Northampton v Man United - Wednesday 19:45, Sky Sports 1
Northampton’s long unbeaten run finally came to an end at Chesterfield on Saturday, although they could be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball just three days before this clash. The Cobblers had gone 31 league matches without defeat (29 in all competitions), romping to the League Two title last season and makng light work of acclimatisating to League One.
So if the hosts do eventually succumb to the superiority of their illustrious visitors, it won’t be for a lack of mental strength. Indeed, with the Red Devils under such scrutiny at the moment, this game has the potential to become another ordeal for Jose Mourinho and there’s value in the 11/4 quote about the 0-0 half time score.
If the Portuguese implores his players to cut out the individual errors that crippled them at Watford, it might only come at the expense of creativity. We can be sure that Mourinho will have done his due diligence on the home side and will send out a team that is more than capable of getting the job done but the breakthrough might not arrive until later on.
Rob Page has a long record of goalless first halves as an underdog at both Port Vale and now with the Cobblers, so there’s scant danger of Town taking the game to United. If you’re looking for something lucrative, you could do worse than throw a point at the 28/1 available on the time of the first goal being 81-90 minutes.