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Notts County vs. Stevenage: Match build-up


samwatto2008

Notts County will face Stevenage FC on Saturday for the first time this season at Meadow Lane. Notts County’s recent form over 5 games (LLLLL) sees them at the bottom of the table with just 1 point from the opening day against Colchester.

Meanwhile, Stevenage sit in a comfortable 11th with their recent form being (WDLLW). With inconsistent results, Stevenage will be looking to capitalize and be taking all three points at Meadow Lane from a run down Notts County side.

So far Stevenage have scored 7 goals conceding just 6 times in 7 games. With Notts scoring 7 goals and conceding an eye watering 21 goals in just 7 games. A win for Stevenage could see them move up to as high as 3rd place with results going their way. However, a win for Notts would move them up to 22nd providing results go their way.

Other fixtures to keep an eye on

Mansfield vs Exeter City
Crawley Town vs Morecambe
Macclesfield Town vs Lincoln City
Newport County vs Yeovil Town

Sam’s prediction

I think it will be a tough game with spirits still low in the camp. We have to turn this form around sooner or later or were going to have a right mess on our hands. With three games coming up that are all winnable, the rest of the month sees us face the likes of Crewe and Northampton, so this really is 9 points we have to fight for. We need to start with a win here. Im favoring a draw at 2-2 but my heart wants me to say a 2-1 win to Notts with Stevenage scoring first. Scorers being Hemmings and Brisely. We must defend corners and set pieces better. A clean sheet would do nicely too if we can manage that, but I think that’s asking for too much.

SkyBet odds

Notts County 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – Stevenage 19/10 (Fav)

Key men

Alex Revell – Revell has scored two times so far this season but also racking up 2 assists. This tells me that he will be a handful for our defense as his instinct is not only to shoot but to find that final ball to get the team the three points. Stevenage have a habit of scoring late on and Revell will be the man to help drive the team across the line.

Enzio Boldewjin – The quick pacey winger will be a match for the Stevenage full backs, especially if he keeps swapping wings. His trickery and ability to cut inside and gets shots off from inside and outside the area should worry the Stevenage defense.

Final thoughts

Stevenage have a habit of scoring late so we must not switch off in the second half and take our foot off the gas. They have a strong defense with some good prospects and experience in there. Paul Farman, Scott Cuthbert, Luther Wildin all apart of the back 4 that Stevenage operate. Notts County must find the weak points within their side and break them down quickly, apply quick pressure and press the ball high but remain vigilant to counter attacks from the likes of Danny Newton, Jimmy Ball and Alex Revell.

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