Forest Green Rovers Preview vs Swindon

Forest Green Rovers remain unbeaten, despite failing to get the three points against Stevenage.

The 0-0 draw at The New Lawn means Rovers drop down to 9th place, after starting the season with a win and three draws, as well as a win in the Carabao Cup over Saturday’s opponents Swindon Town.

Swindon, on the other hand, sit in 7th place in League 2 after two wins, a draw and a 4-1 loss away at Lincoln.

The game on Saturday is seen as a local derby to many Forest Green fans, and current form makes for an unpredictable game. Swindon won both league games between the two sides last year, but a win in last year’s Checkatrade Trophy and this seasons cup game the record is 50/50.

Swindon’s two league wins this season have both come at home, perhaps suggesting a difficulty travelling away from the County Ground, however, Forest Green Rovers’ season at the New Lawn has started with two draws, so who knows what will happen on Saturday?

Swindon’s games this season have been filled with goals, with 19 goals scored across their opening four games, with Michael Doughty top scoring for the Robins with four goals.

In contrast, FGR have scored just six goals, conceding three goals – striker Christian Doidge top scoring with three goals.

Theo Archibald, on-loan from Brentford is yet to open his tally for this season, but with the winger starting his first league game against Stevenage, perhaps the goals will start to come.

Archibald, whose appearance against Stevenage was his first Football League start, knows his place would never be cemented in the team.

“I never expected to come in and have a place cemented in the team but it’s good that there’s competition because it keeps everyone working hard and I’m enjoying it, it’s competitive football and not youth football anymore,” the Scottish-youth international said.

The former Celtic youth player added;

“I’m disappointed with the result. Looking at the chances, we should have came away with three points but for a team fourth in the league to come here and play for a point shows the calibre of the squad we have and teams know we’re going to create chance but if we keep playing like that they’re going to turn to three points.”

Forest Green’s kit issue has been resolved, with owner Dale Vince ditching Hummel, due to the company not supplying the bespoke kits for the opening five games of the season.

Instead, Vince has sought a deal with PlayerLayer, with the kit expecting to arrive by the weekend. The shirts will be the bespoke design as the home and away kit originally designed by Hummel as well as the blue third kit worn so far this season. Also featured on the shirts are the now infamous stars on the back of the shirt.

Prediction

  • Forest Green

A new look FGR to scrape a narrow win with a headed goal.

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