Cheltenham vs Derby: A Preview of January 14, 2023 EFL League One Match
The January 14th showdown between Cheltenham Town and Derby County, who currently stand fourth and first in the English Football League (EFL) League One standings, promises to be an exciting one. This match has a lot of implications and could very well decide who goes on to the Championship. Let’s take a look at what it could have in store:
The two teams have had starkly different fortunes this season. Cheltenham Town, who were promoted from the EFL League Two just last season, have been impressive and find themselves in their maiden playoff position and just two points behind second-placed Hull City. Their top scorer Kyle Pitts and the rest of their key players have played dynamic and attacking football that has taken them to where they are now.
On the other hand, Derby County have been in great form this season and they currently sit atop of the league table with 53 points in 23 games. They have been a formidable force and have played superbly under the guidance of their new manager, Matt Smith. Their defence has been particularly impressive, allowing only 22 goals in those 23 matches.
Both teams have some outstanding players that will have a huge impact on the outcome of the match:
- Cheltenham Town: Chris Hussey, Alfie May, and Reece Brown
- Derby County: Tom Lawrence, Martyn Waghorn, and Jason Knight
Hussey is a veteran left-back and is often the creative force behind Cheltenham’s attack. Alfe May has been in great form, scoring six goals and registering four assists. Brown, on the other hand, is an experienced midfielder who has been vital in breaking down opponents’ defensive lines.
Lawrence and Waghorn have been two of Derby County’s best players this season, they have combined well and scored 14 goals between them. Knight, who is the youngest of the three, has been an ever-present force in the midfield.
This one is hard to call, as both teams have a lot to play for. But if past trends are anything to go by, the Rams are favourites to go through with a narrow win in what could be a tightly contested affair.