Newport vs Mansfield
England – League Two Playoffs
Date: Thursday, 9th May 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Newport Stadium (Newport).
Four teams, one spot. After an exhausting campaign, that’s what awaits Newport, Mansfield, Tranmere, and Forest Green.
The setting should provide some ground for spectacle, as what’s on offer is promotion to League One.
Newport begins at home in this two-legged tie. While they had been good at the scoring front, during the regular season, the team was equally bad at the back, being the only squad in the competition to post a 0 Goal Difference.
Mansfield was just unlucky to miss out on a direct-promotion spot, and that too after posting a better GD, and having conceded considerably fewer goals than the third-placed MK Dons. They have two matches against this opponent, and possibly a one-off final against the winner of the other contest to determine their future.
Newport vs Mansfield Head-to-head (h2h)
- Eight of the last ten wins belong to Mansfield.
- Four of the last six clashes saw Mansfield scoring two or more goals.
- Only once has Newport failed to score at home.
- 13 of the last 16 wins went to the teams at home.
Newport vs Mansfield Prediction
Newport is unbeaten in their last ten matches, and in 22 of their last 25 home ties. In the meanwhile, Mansfield lost their last three fixtures and was winless in 10 of their last 15.
On the road, they repeated the feat in eight of their last nine match-ups. Importantly, Newport won the last meeting between these two and has lost only twice at this venue in the last ten years.
As such, expect the hosts to rise to the occasion, realizing the importance of the tie, and to avoid a loss at any cost. The team will manage to take advantage of their home status, and put some goals on the board, which will come handy in the return leg.
But do keep in mind that Mansfield finished higher in the league table, and lost out on a chance to get directly promoted by a whisker. They also recorded eight of the last ten h2h wins, and is hugely aware of the advantage they will have should they manage to record an away goal.
Mansfield is a team that dominated Newport for far too long will have no difficulty in achieving this. Count on both teams to find the back of the net.
Newport vs Mansfield Betting Tips
Double Chance: Newport or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.83 (5/6).