Man, in the middleStevenage
He has refereed 21 games this season, handing out 65 yellow cards and no red cards.
Assisted by Hristo Karaivanov and Mike Desborough
Fourth Official Samuel Ogles
It’s the second half of this week’s Devon double for Boro’ and it’d be good if this one went our way. After putting in the legwork to get down to Exeter on Tuesday, we were left in no doubt that our time in the Leasing.com Trophy was up. Here we are, however, back at the Stadio del Lamex and looking to make sure that our grand day out at Cambridge last time was no fluke. Of course, the Pilgrims are a bit better than the Us. OK – they’re a lot better. But let’s see what we’ve got on our own patch.
The Club is pleased to inform supporters that it has received permission from the Safety Advisory Group to operate the new North Stand with an increased capacity of 800 spectators, with effect from Saturdays match against Plymouth Argyle.Stevenage v Plymouth Argyle: The Preview…Plymouth Argyle – who are they?
The Pilgrims? Oh, well, grabbing late goals against us seems to be their ‘thing’. At least, it is at their place. In our last three encounters (all at Home Park), the clock going red hasn’t stopped ’em putting the ball in the back of our net. But a bigger concern should be our run of five straight defeats at their hands. You’ll need to go back as far as September 2015 for the last time we claimed the points. In fact, all the points we’ve ever taken off ’em (just the seven) came in the first three of our eight meetings to date. Bogey club? Yeah, looks like it…
Our Record vs Plymouth Argyle: P 8 — W 2 — D 1 — L 5 — F 10 — A 14 — Pts 7
Last time out: Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Stevenage, 29 December 2019How are Plymouth Argyle doing so far this season?
It ain’t that long since we last met – but the Pilgrims’ fortunes do look a little different now. As we were limbering up for our long trip down to Devon, Plymouth were scrapping away with others to get themselves into the top seven. A run of three wins in four fixtures since their late winner against us, however, has lifted them up to within a point of the automatic promotion places. And they have a game in hand over Crewe Alexandra, who have the last spot in the top three in their grasp at the moment.
Of course, there’s a long way to go yet. Forest Green are ninth and are only three points back. But the Pilgrims are on the charge. Go back further back past our last meeting and you’ll find it’s six wins in eight (or 10 in 11 if you like it like that). With the third-best attack (43 goals) and sixth-best defence (27), they’re no mugs. They’ve scored in each of their past seven outings and won their last three on the road. Oh, and they’ve found the net at least twice in their last three matches too. Not a lot to warm the cockles, is there…
It’ll be a tough job keeping this lot quiet.Tell us something we don’t know about Plymouth Argyle
In 2004, the Pilgrims put Chesterfield to the sword in their League One meeting at Home Park; their 7-0 tonking now down in the record books as their (joint) biggest-ever. Five of those goals came in the first 18 minutes, which is bad enough if you were an away fan that day. It’s a long old way for that sort of tomfoolery. But it’s also claimed (via Wikipedia) that Argyle set a new English record for the fastest five goals in a professional match.
Is it a real record? Well, who are we to argue – or even care?What are the bookies’ odds for this game?
It feels like we’re forced to tell you the same thing with every second game. But our form and league position don’t lie at this stage of the season. So, it’s not much of a surprise to see the Pilgrims are odds-on to win. The best price we saw on an away win is 20/21 (multiple), while we’re priced as far out as 10/3 (Marathon). With Argyle being in the goals in recent times, it’s 7/2 on them scoring more than 2.5 on our turf. But we’re not averse to a goal against this lot; evens (RedZone) on Both Teams To Score? Why not eh?Which Plymouth Argyle player should we watch out for?
It’s hard not to look past Antoni Sarcevic yet again, with the influential midfielder scoring seven goals and setting up another four so far this season. But, to be different (and ‘cos there’s a good reason to), Luke Jephcott is the man of the moment for the Pilgrims. He only came back from a loan spell from Truro City at the start of the month. But he found himself straight in the side and has now scored four in three matches – with two braces, coming away to Scunthorpe and Carlisle respectively.
Now, we said we’d give up putting us down for the win. But GW is the man with a plan for getting us out of the brown stuff. If we focus more on what we did well at Cambridge (and not what we didn’t do so well at Exeter), we could ruffle a few feathers when the Pilgrims come to town. Of course, it could easily go the other way and Argyle ease to a three-goal win. It’s often the hope that does it for you…
Stevenage v Plymouth Argyle 2-1Plymouth Argyle view on the game
Fans travelling in number again, but the bad news there no trains this weekend to Stevenage
Ryan Lowe expects Stevenage to be determined to avenge their 2-1 defeat by Plymouth Argyle last month when the teams meet again at Broadhall Way tomorrow. Graham Westley’s Stevenage visited Home Park on December 29 and seemed set to take a point away with them.That was until Argyle defender Niall Canavan scored a winning goal for the Pilgrims in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Stevenage have won one and drawn two of their last five league games since then, leaving them one off the bottom of the table.
They are above Morecambe on goal difference after a convincing 4-0 victory at Cambridge United last Saturday.
Striker Dom Telford will return to the squad for this weekend game, Callum McFadzean is also closing in on a return to full training.
Defender Will Aimson and striker Ryan Taylor continue to be sidelined.
Joe Riley has left Plymouth Argyle and is expected to sign for their League Two rivals Mansfield Town.
Plymouth Argyle are not holding talks this month about new deals with any of their players who will be out of contract at the end of this season. However, Pilgrims’ boss Ryan Lowe has promised ‘If they do well for me, I will do well for them’.A reminder that, because so many of the Green Army are travelling to Stevenage FC today, no flags, drums or any other instruments are permitted in the away stand.
Plenty of noise is, however, perfectly permissible.I am going for a 2 - 1 Argyle win