We preview Tuesday's home league clash with Gillingham
Tuesday 4th February 2014, 7.45pm
Sky Bet League 1
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
Weather: Light cloud, 5⁰c
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)
After successive postponements due to bad weather in the past week, Stevenage finally get back to Sky Bet League 1 action this Tuesday evening when Gillingham visit The Lamex Stadium. Whilst the games against Crewe and Crawley fell victim to the elements, Boro will be hoping the weather stays away as Graham Westley's men go for a vital three points under the floodlights against Peter Taylor's side.
Tickets for this game are available at ‘in advance’ prices online until 4pm on Monday 3rd February. Prices range from FREE to £16 on the terraces and from £7 to £20 in the seats. Tickets bought after this time increase by £1-£2, so why not buy in advance at www.borotickets.co.uk now and save money?
In Advance Prices v Gillingham
Seating - Main Stand (home fans) and South Stand (away):
£20 - Adults
£17 - Concessions
£12 - Youth (16-21)
£10 - Juniors (7-15)
£7 - Infants (U7s)
Family Packages (main stand seating only):
£30 - 1 adult, 2 U16s
£40 - 2 adults, 2 U16s
£16 - Adults
£14 - Concessions
£10 - Youth (16-21)
£9 - Juniors (7-15)
£4 - Infants (U7s)
£15 - Adults
£13 - Concessions
£8 - Youth (16-21)
£5 - Juniors (7-15)
Free - Infants (U7s)
Last time we met
Stevenage fell to a 3-2 defeat at Gillingham back in late November. Simon Heslop's 20-yard drive had given Boro a half-time lead but Danny Kedwell levelled the match shortly after the break, scoring from the spot following Jon Ashton's foul. On-loan defender Donervon Daniels fired home on his debut to put the home side in front only for Francois Zoko's flick to level the game once more. John Mousinho then popped up with the winner on 76 minutes, heading a free-kick past Chris Day to hand the Gills all three points.
Boro: Day, Gray (Andrade), Ashton, Jones, Hartley (Deacon), Akins, Heslop, Doughty, Freeman, Zoko, Morais (Burrow)
Subs not used: Arnold, Wedgbury, Tansey, Tounkara
Watch Byron Harrison score twice for Boro in a 2-2 draw with Gillingham in February 2011 - the last meeting between the two sides at The Lamex Stadium.
Stevenage are set to hand John Mousinho a second debut after the midfielder re-signed for the club on loan on transfer deadline day. Otherwise Boro are likely to name a similar side to that which played Everton last weekend.
Gillingham are set to keep faith with the side that won 3-2 at home to Port Vale on Saturday. Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice in that game so is likely to partner Cody McDonald up front whilst experienced defender Gary Borrowdale could also make his debut after signing last week.
Stevenage are 13/10 with Sky Bet to pick up a win on Tuesday night.
Betting on a 2-0 home win can get you odds of 10/1 whilst predicting the same scoreline as the last meeting between the two sides (3-2 to the home side) can get you 28/1.
Gillingham Scout Report
Gillingham come into this game in mixed form with three wins from their seven games since Christmas. Victories against Wolves (1-0), Swindon (2-0) and Port Vale (3-2) and a point against Walsall (2-2) have seen Peter Taylor’s men pick up 10 points in the past five weeks. However they’ve suffered defeats at home to Leyton Orient (1-2) and at Colchester (0-3) and Brentford (1-2).
Possible Gillingham line-up:
Stuart Nelson; Elliott Hewitt, Leon Legge, Adam Barrett, Joe Martin; Bradley Dack, Steven Gregory, Amine Linganzi, Michael Harriman; Cody McDonald, Adebayo Akinfenwa
Subs from: Connor Smith, Joe Pigott, Callum Davies, Myles Weston, George Howard, Craig Fagan, Jake Hessenthaler
Strikers Cody McDonald and Adebayo Akinfenwa have 18 league goals between them for the Gills this season, making them a partnership to fear for Boro. Akinfenwa returned to the Priestfield last summer after a spell at Northampton where he scored 35 times in two seasons. The experienced 31-year old, known for his tremendous strength up front, has seven goals for the Gills this year, including five in Gillingham’s last eight league games. That figure is equalled by McDonald who has also struck five times in the same period to take his goal tally to 11 for the season. The 27 year old former Dartford, Norwich and Coventry forward has also had previous spells at Gillingham, scoring 25 times in 2010/11 and four in seven games during a brief temporary stay last season.