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Big Match Preview: Boro v Stags

21 December 2018

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  • Onto the game…

After returning from Northampton with a well-earned point, Boro are eager to return home and gain maximum points ahead of the congested Christmas fixtures.

Dino Maamria and his squad find themselves in 11th place in the league table, but only two points outside of the play-off places. A win would see Stevenage level on points with Saturday’s opponents, who are still unbeaten away from home this campaign.

Currently on a 13 game run without defeat, the Stags are in sensational form. With just one sole loss in the league, it comes somewhat as a surprise to see Mansfield still way off the top by nine points.

The reason is 11 draws from 20 games, proving the Nottinghamshire side are the toughest of nuts to crack.

  • Team News...

After suffering a gashed up thigh at Northampton last week, Michael Timlin is Dino Maamria's main casualty going into Saturday's clash. Seny Dieng is avalable again after missing the previous game through illness.  

  • One to Watch...

  • Officials…

Referee – Dean Whitestone

Assistant Referee 1 – Isaac Searle

Assistant Referee 2 – Paul Graham

Fourth Official – Carl Fitch-Jackson

  • Form Guide...

  • View from the Camp...

“We are looking forward to it," Dino Maamria said. "This festive period has lots of football matches, lots of points up for grabs. We have got some good games coming up, home and away.

“In this league, anybody can beat anybody on any given day, so your focus is always on yourself. We have got to approach every game with the same mindset and do our bit to win the game.

“Mansfield are a big club, big budget and big spenders. They are one of the clubs in League Two that came in to buy Matty Godden from us, so that is how powerful they are financially, they came in to buy our best player last season.

“They have got some good players, a good front line. I think (David) Flitcroft inherited a very, very good squad from Steve Evans and they should have really got promoted last season.

"They didn't and i think they look to be up there this season but I think they have got their weakness' as well that we will try to attack on Saturday.”

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