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27 December 2014

Club News


27 December 2014

Read our preview of Sunday's game against Cambridge United

Cambridge United
Sky Bet League 2
Sunday 28th December
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
Kick-off: 3pm

Ticket news:
Sunday is a Category A fixture and is all-ticket for away fans. Cambridge United have sold out their allocation and U's fans are advised not to travel on the day without a ticket. Stevenage fans can buy in advance at and collect from the ticket office on the day or just pay on the turnstiles.

It's well worth taking advantage of "in advance" prices which range from £4-£18 on the terraces and £8-£22 in the seats. Family tickets are also available in the seats (in advance only) priced at £35 for a family of three (1 adult, 2 U16s) and £50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 U16s).

Stevenage v Cambridge United "in advance" prices
West Stand (home fans) / South Stand (away fans)
£22 - Adults
£19 - Concessions
£14 - U22
£10 - U16
£8 - U12

East and North Terraces
£18 - Adults
£16 - Concessions
£11 - U22
£6 - U16
£4 - U12

Team news:
Stevenage could be unchanged after Friday's 2-0 win at Dagenham. Chris Beardsley and Roarie Deacon offer attacking alternatives with the game perhaps too soon to see much of either Adam Marriott or Calvin Zola. Both Jack Jebb (knee) and Jon Ashton (ankle) are out for several weeks with Harry Worley (ACL) and Connor Calcutt (ankle) remaining long-term absentees.

Cambridge will have Robbie Simpson available after injury and could name a similar side to that which lost at home to Southend on Boxing Day.

Last season…
Nine years after relegation from the Football League, Cambridge found themselves promoted from the Conference as FA Trophy winners after a season to remember at the Abbey Stadium. A record-breaking 16 game unbeaten start set the tone for a successful campaign and although they eventually finished second to champions Luton, they beat Halifax in the playoff semi-finals before edging past Gateshead 2-1 at Wembley in the playoff final. They also reached their first ever FA Trophy final, seeing off Gosport Borough with relative ease 4-0.

The story so far…
Cambridge come into this game in 14th place after 22 games having picked up 29 points so far, just two less than Boro. Like many teams that come up from the Conference they endured an indifferent start with three defeats in their opening six games and also went on to have a poor September. However October and November saw five league wins and progression in the FA Cup as the U's turned a corner and their 1-0 home defeat on Boxing Day was their first in six games in all competitions.

On the road this season Richard Money's men have won three of 11, drawn 4 and lost 4, scoring 14 whilst conceding 15.

Last time we met:
Stevenage rose to the top of the Blue Square Premier with a 4-1 home win over Cambridge in the last meeting between the two sides in January 2010. Goals from Lee Boylan (2), Yemi Odubade and Chris Beardsley did the damage for Boro with Danny Crow scoring for the U's, who later had Brian Saah sent off for two yellows. It means there has been at least one red card in each of the club's previous six meetings.

Boro: Day, Henry, Bostwick, Ashton (Albrighton), Laird, Long, Murphy, Bridges (Byrom), Odubade, Boylan, Beardsley (Vincenti) 

Subs not used: Bayes, Odhiambo

Betting with SkyBet:
A Stevenage win is 7/5 with Cambridge 19/10 to pick up all three points. A 1-0 Boro win is 6/1 whilst a 2-0 win with Charlie Lee scoring the opener is 70/1. Kwesi Appiah is 7/4 to score in 90 minutes whilst betting on the opening goal being scored from the 81st minute onwards in a tight affair is a tempting 18/1.

Sign up to Sky Bet through this link and a percentage of your stakes will go back into the club!

Not going to the game?
Listen to live match commentary on the Boro Player service where you'll also find full match highlights and full post-match interviews on Sunday. We'll also be providing live minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter account, with the key incidents reported live on our Facebook page. The best match day photos will be posted on the club's Instagram account whilst short highlights of the game will be on our YouTube page on Monday.

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