Harrogate vs Swindon Prediction: Robins’ Young gun to pile more misery on hosts

 | November 17 | 

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Two of League Two's five Town clubs meet on Saturday afternoon (15:00), as Harrogate host Swindon at the EnviroVent Stadium.

The visitors will arrive at the ground desperate to end a six-game winless run which has seen them exit the FA Cup to National League opposition and take just one point from five league games.

Harrogate won their last League Two game 1-0 at Walsall, but they've won just twice in eight games at home, and not since September 23rd.

Harrogate Town vs Swindon Town Betting Tips:

  • Swindon Town to win and both teams to score @ 12/5
  • Jake Young to score 2+ goals @ 10/1

Team News

Harrogate forward Samuel Folarin is a doubt for Saturday, with manager Simon Weaver admitting on Thursday that the forward has not trained all week.

Swindon have several long-term absentees including Jake Cain, Tariq Uwakwe, Benn Ward and Thomas Clayton, while forward Tyrese Shade is on international duty with Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Match Odds

Harrogate are 13/5 to win on Saturday, while Swindon are 19/20 to claim all three points. The draw can be backed at 11/4.

Both teams to score is 4/7 and it's 8/13 for there to be over 2.5 goals.

Swindon Town to win and both teams to score @ 12/5

Only Forest Green (six) have as few points at home as Harrogate in League Two, while seven points on the road puts Swindon 17th in the away table.

Meanwhile, the two sides are only separated by a point, so all the signs point towards a draw.

However, Harrogate don't really do stalemates - they've only managed one in 17 league games - and something has to turn soon for Swindon, whose bright start to the season is in danger of being completely ruined.

Nine goals in their last four games shows they still pack a punch up front, and despite the close proximity between them and Harrogate in the table, the Robins have scored 20 more goals.

The issue for Michael Flynn's side has been keeping it out of their own goal, and while I think a clean sheet will elude them for a seventh consecutive game, their firepower should prove too much for Saturday's opponents, who have only scored more than one at home once since September 23rd.

Jake Young to score 2+ goals @ 10/1

Only Stockport County (37) have scored more goals than Swindon (36) in League Two this season, and no one has been more integral to that total than on-loan Bradford City striker Jake Young.

The 22-year-old has scored 12 goals in England's fourth-tier division, putting him behind only Salford City's Matt Smith (13).

Young has scored in each of his last three to end a barren seven-game run and reassert himself as a leading contender for the golden boot.

His goals have come in singles lately, but a sensational start to the season saw Young score doubles against Wrexham and Sutton United, while a four-goal haul in a 6-0 win over Crawley Town in August really put him on the map.

Against a side devoid of all confidence at home, and one which shipped 14 goals there last month, Young will fancy his chances of multiplying his name on the scoresheet.

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