A last-gasp goal at Cambridge. We’ve heard that one before, though it wasn’t exactly fatal this time around; Boro’ coming away from the R Whites Lemonade Stadium with a point at the weekend rather than nothing, though it should have been all three and that’s what had us all annoyed on Saturday night. Now, it’s time for another quirky away trip to old friends.
In the infinite wisdom of the Football League, we’re being shunted off to the bowels of Devon on a Tuesday evening for a second time this season. Tie our hair in bunches and call us Rita if you disagree, but we kinda think we’d rather make the longer journeys on the weekend and have the shorter ones midweek. Like swapping Cambridge and Exeter, perhaps?
Ours is not to reason why, however. The Fixture Computer has decided Exeter it is, and Exeter it shall be. We don’t think there’s too many better places to be on a school night then snarled up in traffic on the A303 or M4 or, hell, most likely the M25. But the treat in store is a regal welcome at Sid James‘ Park and a team with a bang average home record this season.
Yes folks, Exeter City are propping up their existence a mere six points below us in no small part to the fourth best record on the road in the division. On their own turf, by comparison, they’ve won, drawn and lost six games apiece. More recent, and the last six home Grecians games have yielded two each of the three possibles. Only one team has been worst there.
But it’s never going to be as simple as that, with the Grecians proving to be no mugs. Our 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in December served as the launchpad for our fruitful Christmas period. We’re not coming into this game in such dire straits as we perhaps were then, but Tuesday’s hosts have picked up six points from six and will be looking for a third in a row.
We’ve drawn our last two on the road, with both having the feeling of two points dropped (Wycombe and Cambridge) so will our luck hold out at Exeter? It’s a tough one – we’ve not won there in the league, though our last visit ended in a draw. That might not sound all that impressive, but it did see the start of Jordan Slew‘s inglorious yet temporary time with us.
The bookies have us down as 19/10 to win this (Ladbrokes) if you want the most from your mola, whereas Exeter are still edging it with a best price of 13/8 (Betfred). Dean Wells is 14/1 (Bet365) to make it two goals in two games and it’s 5/6 (Ladbrokes) for Under 2.5 Goals. Both teams to score? That’s showing as 11/13 at a couple of places as we write.
Do we reckon there’ll be any changes to the starting eleven this time out? It’s unlikely given the short space of time for us to recover and prepare since Saturday. With Keith Keane, we can cover Simon Walton’s absence but we’re feeling up top is an area in which we need an out-and-out forward to take on the hard graft and let Bennedy do his thang. But we’ll see…
Exeter City’s club guide slams yo’ body down a zig-a-zig-ah. So tell us what you want…