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Scouting Report: Swindon Town

11 March 2019

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Find out more about Tuesday's visitors...

  • Form:

Swindon Town are in good form and have kept their Play-Off push alive with four wins and two draws from their eight games.

Their run of form has translated away from home too, having won three of their last four games on the road.

They did however lose 2-1 at Carlisle on Saturday, their first defeat in five as Hallam Hope and Callum O'Hare's goals sandwiched a Kyle Bennett effort for the Robins.

Positioned just one place and one point above Boro, both sides have had similair seasons to date.

  • Squad Health:

The Robins have a number of injury concerns heading into Tuesday's game. Former Stevenage loanee Michael Doughty will likely miss out with a hamstring problem whilst striker Kaiyne Woolery and right-back Kyle Knoyle are also likely absentees following muscle injuries sustained at the weekend.

  • Top Performers:

Michael Doughty is Swindon's top goalscorer this season with 11 goals but as previously mentioned, will be missing Tuesday's clash at the Lamex Stadium.

It has been a season where Swindon's strikers have struggled to find the net with any real regularity. Indeed, their second highest goalscorer and highest goalscoring striker is Stevenage's own Elijah Adebayo. 

Adebayo joined Boro on loan in January following the expiration of his loan deal at Swindon where he scored five goals whilst at the County Ground during the first half of the season.

  • Key Stats:

Swindon Town's upturn in form can be demonstrated by the fact that the team have scored an average of 1.23 goals per game since the beginning of the season, rising to 1.75 across the last eight games - an increase of 42.3%. 

Relatively speaking, Swindon have been a stronger away team, having have won an equal number of points both at home and on the road - 25.

Swindon games are often tight affairs - 10 of their 13 wins this season have been won by a one goal margin

The Robins have been most vulnerable early in games - just over a quarter of Swindon's goals conceded have come in the first 15 minutes - 27.3%.

  • Journalist’s View, with Harry Abbott of the Swindon Advertiser:

Who could be Swindon’s key player on Saturday?

"Likely to be striker Theo Robinson. He joined the club on loan on deadline day in January and has already established himself as Swindon manager Richie Wellens’ first-choice to lead the front line. Has a couple of goals to his name already, although both those have come at the County Ground."

What do Stevenage have to do to beat Swindon?

"Press them on the ball and defend deep. Swindon pride themselves as a team who like to get the ball down and play as well so cutting down their time in possession will be key. They also have pace to get in behind and exploit defences, so opponents must be wary of that."

What do Swindon have to do to beat Stevenage?

"Stay solid defensively. In 10 matches in 2019 Swindon have scored in all but two, although they have only kept two clean sheets at the other end. Swindon will fancy their chances at most away grounds – they have claimed nine points from 12 on the road since the turn of the year – but a robust defensive line will be key to adding to that haul."

Result Prediction?

"As mentioned, Swindon have been excellent away from home of late, and given Stevenage’s own wobble in form, I’ll put the visitors to come away with a 2-1 win."


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