Match Preview: Colchester United vs Swindon Town
4th placed Swindon are undefeated in nine matches in a run that has included 5 wins, 4 draws, 21 goals scored and 3 conceded.
Away from the County Ground, Town have drawn their previous three games – 1-1 at AFC Bournemouth, 0-0 at Leyton Orient and 1-1 at Crawley – with a record of two wins, three draws and one defeat in six League One games; putting Swindon 7th in the away form guide.
19th placed Colchester United are now three points clear of the relegation zone following a 3-2 victory at Portsmouth. The U’s have won their previous two games after a woeful run of nine defeats in succession.
In all League, FA Cup and Football League competitions, Town have faced Colchester United on 71 occasions, winning 28, drawing 15 and suffering 28 defeats, scoring 96 goals and conceding 91.
At Colchester, Town have 9 wins, 7 draws and 20 defeats, scoring 33 and conceding 56.
Swindon secured victory in the previous trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium – a 1-0 win secured by Matt Ritchie – remember him…
|U’s (Hosts)||r||STFC (Away)||r||U’s (Hosts)||r||STFC (Away)||r|
|Shots Against Per Game||10.6||17||7.7||1||Shots For Per Game||10.6||16||11.6||2|
|% Shots Against on Target||43%||5||51%||19||% Shots For on Target||57.1%||2||57.4%||3|
|% Save Rate||70.3%||19||78.2%||7||% Strike Rate||12.1%||14||11.1%||15|
|Corners Against Per Game||5.9||22||4.9||5||Corners Won Per Game||5.7||16||7.1||1|
|Possession Conceded||51.8%||24||46.9%||2||Possession Won||48.2%||24||53.1%||2|
|R = rank: The ranking shown for each measure indicates the efficiency of the sides against the rest of the division as either hosts or the away side | 1 equals the best and 24 is the worst | TheWashbag.com|
With Colchester gifting the most percentage possession of any League One host, can Swindon dominate the game but also seize the advantage by turning more of our shots into goals?
|Colchester (as hosts)||0||3||3||1||3||4||4||0|
With Colchester stronger in the later periods and Town scoring more in the first halves of away games it could be a close game.
|Colchester (as hosts)||4||3||5||0||2||2||3||0|
Both sides concede more frequently during the early periods of games.
With Town having a threadbare squad and Colchester finding a little bit of form (finally) this could be a close result. Perhaps yet another draw, although we could do with a win to move within two points of the automatic positions. 2-1 win for Swindon.
Come on You Reds!