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Preston vs Cheltenham prediction, odds, and free betting tips (21/09/2021)

The first-ever meeting between Preston and Cheltenham will be the topic of this EFL Cup third round preview. The two teams have not been at their best in recent weeks.

Preston vs Cheltenham – Free Betting Tips & Predictions

Preston were involved in a third consecutive draw after only managing a 1-1 score with West Brom at home. Cheltenham had a simple long ball pay huge dividends after grabbing a 1-0 win over Oxford United.

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Preston to win the game

Preston have drawn the last three matches but a game against a lower league opposition at home should provide confidence about a victory and progression into the fourth round. Cheltenham might have suffered just one defeat in the last five matches, but the EFL Cup has not always produced a lot of joy for the club.

Total goals over 2.5

Cheltenham come on the back of back-to-back league victories. They have managed to score in four out of the last five games in all competitions, while Preston have kept just a single clean sheet in the last five matches. The long ball tactics of Cheltenham might pay dividends in this David vs Goliath contest.

Goals from both teams – yes

The lack of clean sheets from Preston has been an obvious problem. Apart from the rare examples of clean sheets against Peterborough and Bristol, McAvoy has not been able to defensively shutout his team. This will spell good news for Cheltenham, who need just a chance to score – as they proved during the weekend against Oxford.

Preston vs Cheltenham: Can Preston finally end the third round hoodoo?


Preston North End have had the unfortunate record of not going beyond the third round in the last three seasons. The last time the team reached the fourth round was back in the 2016-17 season. However, a game against a League One outfit provides Preston with a lot of hope and confidence about ending this unwanted record.


While Preston are struggling to get past the third round, Cheltenham are celebrating reaching this stage of the competition. This is the first time Cheltenham have had the third round, but an away tie against a Championship outfit spells trouble for the club who have not been playing exceptional – even if they have managed back-to-back league wins.

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Preston vs Cheltenham prediction

Where is the match going to take place? Deepdale Stadium

When will this match start? September 21, 2021 at 19:45 GMT

Who is the favourite team to win the game? Preston

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