Boro face the U's for the 16th time on Tuesday night, in a clash that is rarely short of goals...
Across 15 matches, 46 goals have been scored between the two sides, with an average of over 3 goals per game. It's Colchester who have enjoyed the better results though, with eight wins to Stevenage's four, although that record has closened in recent years.
The two sides first met in League One on Boxing Day in 2011, in what was one of Stevenage's greatest EFL performances as Graham Westley's side won 6-1 at the Colchester Community Stadium. Scott Laird, Joel Byrom, Michael Bostwick, Robin Shroot, Chris Beardsley and Luke Freeman all got in on the act to make for a very merry Christmas.
That success didn't last long though, as it took another 10 games before Stevenage finally got the better of Colchester again, with the U's winning seven of the next nine games.
Things began to improve from the 2018/19 season, as Boro recorded the double over United, with a 3-1 win at home in which former U Kurtis Guthrie dominated the headlines, and a 2-1 Boxing Day victory away.
After an away defeat and rare goalless draw at home last season, in which Alex Revell came out of retirement for a 10 minute cameo, the two sides met for a third time in the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy.
Stevenage got off to a flying start with two first half goals from Jason Cowley and although Chris Stokes' second half own goal made for a nervous finish, Mark Sampson's side were able to hold out for victory at the JobServe Community Stadium to send Boro through to the Third Roud.
Despite a terrible run between 2012-2018, three wins, one draw and one defeat in Boro's last five games against the U's have helped even out the record heading into Tuesday's latest clash.
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