Macclesfield Town Preview vs Cheltenham (H)

After an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Oldham this past Saturday, the Silkmen have now lost three league games in a row. The poor run of form means Macc find themselves 23rd in the table with zero points.

Macclesfield went 2-0 down before Michael Rose got one back on the hour mark. Ishmael Miller scored Oldham’s third in added time, sealing the deal for the home side. The game saw the Silkmen have plenty of shots again, however, 15 out of 18 of those shots weren’t on target. There seems to be a recurring theme with Macc’s games this season, they have plenty of shots on goal, but can’t seem to get many of them on target.

Looking to Tuesday evenings game, Macclesfield face Cheltenham at 19:45pm (BST). The Cheshire outfit will return to Moss Rose in hope that a ‘home advantage’ can lead to their first league win of the season.

Team News:

It was another formation change for Mark Yates and his Macclesfied side, this time opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation against Oldham. This is the third formation used by Yates in his four games in charge so far.

In terms of squad selection for Tuesday’s game, Michael Rose and Koby Arthur are the only players to score in the league, so I expect them to start.

Elliot Durrell has a groin issue and so the midfielder is a doubt for the game. New loanee goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara is in contention for a place after signing from Manchester United.

Experienced winger Peter Vincenti is also in contention for a starting place – this would be his debut for the club.

The Opposition:

Cheltenham come into the game with identical form to the home side. The Robins have lost all three of their league games so far, but have won their League Cup first round game on penalties.

Ben Tozer was used as a makeshift striker on Saturday, a position the club are looking to strengthen.

Alex Addai is expected to start up-top again. Chris Hussey could return to the side after a suspension. It’s touch and go for Liam McAlinden as the striker is struggling with a knock.

Stats:

Out of their 18 meetings in the Football League, the Silkmen have only won five. The Robins have won nine of these meetings and the other four games resulted in a draw.

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson hasn’t won in six against Macclesfield in League Two, losing five and drawing one.

Prediction:

Both teams will be on a downer following yet another league defeat each. With that being said, I can only see a draw coming from this game.

Macclesfield Town 1-1 Cheltenham

Predicted XI (4-4-2)

GK | R.Taylor

RB | J.Hodgkiss

CB | F.Kelleher

CB | J.Grimes

LB | D.Fitzpatrick

RM | P.Vincenti

CM| C.Maycock

CM | M.Rose

LM | D.Whitaker

ST | H.Smith

ST | K.Arthur

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