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Big Match Preview: Colchester vs Stevenage

4 October 2019

Stevenage travel to Colchester United on Saturday 5th October 2019 for a 3pm kick-off...

  • Ticket news...

Tickets are now available at the following Matchday prices from the JobServe Community Stadium on the day of the game:

  • Adults: £24
  • Concession: £18
  • U18: £13.50
  • U14: £5.50
  • U11: Free
  • Additional U11: £2.50
  • Carer: Free

Concessions include Seniors (65+), Disabled, Carer or Armed Forces (ID required).

Stadium Parking can be booked directly from www.colutickets.co.uk, subject to availability. 

Travel…

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at midday on the day of the game, so please arrive with time to spare in order to ensure an on-time departure.

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel and book online.

  • Onto the game...

It's back-to-back draws for Boro against tough opposition as a 0-0 draw away at Forest Green Rovers was followed up by a 1-1 draw at home to Cambridge United.

The underlying feeling is that more points should have been picked up, however, two positive performances in a row, backed up by points on the board show a level of progress from Sampson's side.

Still bottom of the division but just one point adrfit, Stevenage have all the motivation in the world ahead of tomorrow's big match.

As for Colchester, the U's are in a rich vein of form having only lost once in their last 11 matches including a League Cup giantkilling against Tottenham Hotspur.

For a more detailed look at Saturday's opponents, please click here for a View from the Press Box.

  • What they said...

Caretaker boss Mark Sampson says he and his team are confident in their abilities ahead of tomorrow's match.

“It is now about executing on Saturday. Colchester are an excellent side, there is no denying that. I was at the game where they turned Tottenham over in the Cup so they have obviously got the confident boost of that. They are very well organised and a nice balance of youth, experience, pace and power, so we will certainly need to be at our very best to get a result on Saturday, but we feel ready for that performance.

“We are going to go there confident, with a plan and making sure we are ready to execute it. If we get that right, we will get the three points which is what we really need."

Meanwhile, Colchester boss John McGreal says he is not paying any attention to the league table ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

"They are full of experienced players and I'm not underestimating them at all.

"Us and Exeter have been in their position at the beginning of seasons, and it only takes a couple of wins to really jump up the table.

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"They certainly have the quality in their squad to do exactly that, but we don't want it to be this weekend.

"We've had a really productive week in training, the lads are ready to go again, and we want to continue our good recent run of results.

"Fourteen points from seven matches, after our own poor start, is a great return but we've got to keep that going."  

  • Previous meetings...
Stevenage have a below-par record against Colchester United with the Essex coming out on top in seven of 12 meetings. Boro have three wins to their name, two of which came last season as the double was completed over the U's.
 
 
After a 3-1 home win in October, Stevenage earned a hard-fought victory at the JobServe Community Stadium on Boxing Day as goals from Ben Nugent and Danny Newton helped make it a Christmas to remember for the travelling Boro fans.
  • Officials... 

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Assistant Referee 1: Conor Farrell

Assistant Referee 2: Alasdair Ross

Fourth Official: Michael Webb

  • Betting...

Stevenage are 16/5 underdogs with league sponsors, Sky Bet whilst Stevenage to win and BTTS has been PRICE BOOSTED from 17/2 to 11/1. If you fancy a flutter this weekend, use our designated link which enables the club to receive a slice of your stake!

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Also, don't forget that supporters can now check-in on matchdays, unlock achievements and earn special rewards courtesy of Sky Bet, title sponsors of the EFL. Download the new Sky Bet EFL Rewards app by clicking here. 

  • Online coverage...

Live match commentary will be available for UK iFollow subscribers so make sure you sign up to listen to every game. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Visit the Live Match Centre to access form guides, live text commentary and live access to the match on iFollow

Make sure you are following our Twitter account throughout the day as we bring you the very latest from The JobServe Community Stadium.

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction on Sunday.

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