Yeovil Town take on Stevenage on Saturday, following a promising couple of weeks at Huish Park.
The Glovers, who were predicted by many to struggle at the foot of the table this year, fought hard against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup last week, and were unfortunate to lose.
Either side of that, they picked up good results in the league, firstly with a 2-2 with Mansfield Town, then a stunning 4-0 victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane. On Tuesday, they played out a rather drab goalless draw with Oldham Athletic.
There have been good signs from Yeovil in the last couple of weeks. They have shown that they do possess a threat going forward, particularly in that game with Notts County, where Alex Fisher went home with the match ball after grabbing a hat-trick. Yeovil also have seemed to have found some stability at the back, an area where they have constantly looked weak in recent years.
Omar Sowumni and Gary Warren appear to have formed a decent centre back pairing, and Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter has settled in well in goal.
Given the consistently poor league finishes in recent years, it can only be one step at a time for the Glovers, but there do at least seem to be some positive signs.
I wouldn’t expect there to be too many changes. Jake Gray is still in the process of returning from a serious injury, so will need another week or two before his is ready to start, despite coming off the bench in each of the last two games. Jordan Green returned on Tuesday after his red card on the opening day at Bury, but it would be harsh on Wes McDonald to leave him out.
Francois Zoko and James Bailey both look set to be on the sidelines for an extended period of time, while Stuart Nelson and Rhys Browne are also still unavailable for selection. There are also doubts over the future of Reece Cole. Cole played for his parent club Brentford’s U-23 side earlier this week, and there is uncertainty over whether or not he will return to Huish Park.
As for Stevenage, they are still unbeaten in the league this season. They currently sit fourth in League Two, although that means next to nothing at this stage in the season.
Stevenage haven’t won at Huish Park on their last four visits, with their last victory coming in 2012, when both sides were in League One.
They did however win 6-0 away at Yeovil in the 2011/12 season, the Glovers heaviest home defeat in the Football League.
Predicted XI: (4-4-2) Nathan Baxter; Tom James, Gary Warren, Omar Sowumni, Carl Dickinson; Yoann Arquin, Sessi D’Almeida, Alex Pattison, Wes McDonald; Diallang Jaiyesimi, Alex Fisher
This will certainly be a tough test for Yeovil, as Stevenage have started the season well, and will certainly hope to be in and around the battle for the play-off places come the end of the season. Yeovil are certainly growing in confidence though, so this should be a tight encounter.
Yeovil Town 1-1 Stevenage
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