Mansfield Town vs Newport County betting tips: League Two play-offs preview & predictions

Mansfield vs Newport prediction: Mansfield 2-1 Newport

After an exciting first leg in South Wales, this tie is in the balance ahead of the second leg in Nottinghamshire.

On Thursday night in the first leg, CJ Hamilton gave Mansfield the lead after just 12 minutes with a thunderous left-footed finish.

However late on, Mansfield goalkeeper Conrad Logan, who’d made numerous saves during the game, brought down Ade Azeez.

Penalty to Newport in the 82nd minute.

Logan momentarily though he’d redeemed himself by saving Pádraig Amond’s penalty but he could only parry it straight back out as Amond tapped in the rebound.

1-1 it finished at Rodney Parade.

Who will make Wembley in this second leg at Field Mill?

Highlights of Newport County 1-1 Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town vs Newport County: Who will win?

As there are no away goals, it’s winner takes all.

Mansfield are 19/20 to do just that.

Newport’s last away win at Mansfield was in January 1939 but they are 3/1 to change that.

A draw, which forces extra time, is 12/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 6/5.

Both teams to score again is 10/11.

Overall Mansfield are 4/9 to qualify; Newport are 13/8.

CJ Hamilton, who opened the scoring on Thursday, is 4/1 to score first again and 8/5 to score anytime.

Pádraig Amond was the other scorer in the first leg. He is 6/1 to score first and 12/5 to score anytime.

Both Amond and Hamilton to score is 8/1.

Mansfield Town vs Newport County: Match preview

On Thursday, Mansfield appeared to have got over their heartbreak of missing out on automatic promotion.

The Stags traveled to MK for a winner takes all promotion shoot-out in the final game of the season.

Mansfield needed just a point at Stadium MK; MK Dons knew only a win would do to secure the final automatic promotion spot.

A goal in just the second minute for the home side was enough to secure promotion for Milton Keynes.

Mansfield had to settle for fourth and this play-off place.

That was 3 defeats in a row for David Flitcroft’s side who’d only lost 7 of their previous 48 league games.

Nevertheless, that’s all in the past and they’ll be delighted with the 1-1 they got at Rodney Parade?

Mansfield have not been in the third tier since 2003 and, as the highest ranked side in the play-offs, they should fancy their chances of promotion.

Can they finish the job they started?

Newport fans

NEWPORT, WALES – JANUARY 06: Newport fans celebrate the winning goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leicester City at Rodney Parade on January 6, 2019 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Newport heading to Wembley again?

Is the momentum with Newport County?

Newport are now unbeaten in 11 after Thursday’s draw.

The Welsh side have really put themselves on the map in the last couple of years with their performances in the FA Cup.

Last season, they beat Leeds United before taking Tottenham to a replay.

This season, they defeated Leicester City and Middlesbrough before eventually losing to Manchester City.

However, Mike Flynn’s main aim is to take Newport back into the third tier for the first time since 1987.

They were the form team in the League 2 play-offs so can they pull off another famous win?

Mansfield Town team news vs Newport County

For Mansfield, as usual it’ll be 3-5-2.

Goalkeeper Conrad Logan was outstanding on Thursday before giving away a potentially pivotal penalty.

Nevertheless, he’ll be important once again.

Barbados international Krystian Pearce will be in the back 3.

He made his international debut in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying last September.

Also at centre-back, Ben Turner will keep his place ahead of Matt Preston.

37-year-old Neal Bishop will anchor the midfield.

Alex MacDonald will once again be preferred alongside him ahead of Willem Tomlinson.

CJ Hamilton was forced to play left wing-back on Thursday but still scored his 22nd goal of the season.

Up front, they also play with a strike duo.

Danny Rose and Nottingham Forrest loanee Tyler Walker will make up the attack.

Will this side finish the job they started at Rodney Parade?

Newport County team news vs Mansfield Town

As for Newport, they also play 3-5-2 and are also likely to be unchanged.

As always, Joe Day will be in goal.

He’s started 93% of their matches this season, keeping 20 clean sheets.

As usual, it’ll be a back 3.

Mickey Demetriou was one of the outstanding figures in their FA Cup run and will continue as the left centre-back.

Regan Poole, who’s on loan from Manchester United, is also expected to be in the back 3.

Robbie Willmott, who was man of the match against Middlesbrough in the Cup, will be a threat on the right.

Up front, will be the usual front two.

Pádraig Amond and Jamille Matt have 23 and 20 goals respectively this season.

Will either of them add to that here?

Predicted Mansfield Town line-up vs Newport County

Predicted Mansfield Town line-up vs Newport County

Predicted Mansfield Town line-up vs Newport County.

Predicted Newport County line-up vs Mansfield Town

Predicted Newport County line-up vs Mansfield Town

Predicted Newport County line-up vs Mansfield Town.

The latest tweets from Mansfield Town pre Newport County

The latest tweets from Newport County pre Mansfield Town

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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