Stevenage welcome Barrow to the Lamex Stadium this weekend as they go head to head in League Two.
Tom Pearce, Boro Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be just the second meeting between the two sides, the only other game coming in the reverse fixture, which ended 1-1.
How will tomorrow’s game play out?
Stevenage Team News & Injuries
Alex Revell will wait for a late fitness test to see if he is able to use his captain, Scott Cuthbert, in tomorrow’s game.
The boss will still likely be without Danny Newton as he has missed the last few weeks with a muscle strain, whilst Joe Martin has also been out of the squad recently.
Barrow Team News & Injuries
Sadly 22-year-old midfielder, Danny Hardcastle, has been forced into retirement due to a heart condition.
Calvin Andrew, who was signed on a free, could make his Barrow debut tomorrow after watching on from the subs bench in the week.
The Boro made the most of playing against 10 men for over 70 minutes at the weekend, after they beat Carlisle 3-1.
They’re also in very good form coming into this game, as they currently sit in 3rd place in the form table with four wins and two draws from their last six.
As well as that, Stevenage have won each of their last three games on home soil.
The visitors left it late to claim all three points on Saturday, as they scored in the 95th minute to beat Crawley Town 3-2 at home.
Barrow’s away form isn’t bad, winning each of their last two on the road. However, they have lost four of their last seven away games.
They also come into this game in very good form, winning each of their last four games.
Our Picks for Boro Picks – Stevenage V Barrow:
1. Will Stevenage score in the first half? No
The Boro managed to score one of their three goals in the opening 45 minutes at the weekend.
However, they have found the net in the first 45 minutes in just 39% of their away games this campaign.
With 10 goals conceded from 10, Barrow are currently averaging 0.59 goals against per first half when on the road.
2. Will Stevenage score in the second half? Yes
Four of Stevenage’s last five goals have all come in the second half of matches.
They have found the net 11 times from 18, which is an average of 0.61 goals scored per second period on home soil.
It won’t be easy, though. They have kept a clean sheet in the second 45 minutes in 53% of their away games.
3. How many goals will Stevenage score? 2
As mentioned earlier, Stevenage put three past Carlisle on Saturday but they failed to find the net in either of their two previous games.
They have a decent goalscoring record at the Lamex Stadium as well, scoring two or more in a third of their home matches this season.
On the other hand, Barrow have conceded 20 goals on the road this campaign, averaging 1.18 goals against per away game.
4. Will Luke Norris score? No
The forward has six goals to his name this season, with all six of them coming in the league.
Norris scored Stevenage’s second of the game on Saturday but his last goal before that came in the 2-2 draw to Morecambe at the start of February.
This will be just his second appearance against Barrow, the first coming earlier this season in which he failed to score.
5. How many shots on target will Stevenage have? 4+
Stevenage tested Magnus Norman on six occasions at the weekend, scoring with three of those attempts.
They have now hit the target 130 times this season, that’s an average of 3.51 shots on goal per game.
Joel Dixon has played ever minute between the sticks for Barrow this campaign.
In his 34 games played, he has faced 130 shots on his goal, averaging 3.82 shots on target against per 90.
6. Will Elliot Osborne assist a goal? No
Osborne has set his teammates up for a goal on four occasions this season, with three of them coming in the league.
He got his second assist in four games at the weekend, setting one of Stevenage’s three goals up against Carlisle.
This will also be Osborne’s second time coming up against Barrow, the first also coming in the reverse fixture where he didn’t register an assist.
- How many corners will Stevenage be awarded? 4+
- How many shots on target will Luke Norris have? 2
- How many saves will Stevenage goalkeepers make? 3
- How many tackles will Luther Wildin make? 2
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