Stevenage host Wigan on Saturday, in a tie that both teams will be confident of winning. Despite being promoted last season, Boro are the favourites to claim all three points.
After 11 games in League One, Stevenage sit in a very impressive 5th place, with five wins, three draws and three defeats. Surprisingly, Steve Evans side perform better on their travels, picking up double the points away from home than they have at Broadhall Way. Boro’s impressive start is partially down to their solid defensive record of 12 goals conceded, and their star forward, Jamie Reid, who is the league’s second highest scorer with eight goals.
The 29-year-old grabbed a brace last time out, in Stevenage’s 3-2 defeat to third place Bolton. Evans’ team went behind three times in the game and they showed character to bounce back twice, before ultimately conceding the third.
Shaun Maloney’s Wigan started the season brilliantly, winning three of their opening four games. However in the last six games, they’ve lost five. It is clear that they are weak in the defensive department, and they’ve conceded at least once in all but one match. The Latics also boast the third worst record for goals conceded per game in the league, with an average of 1.6. On the other hand, Wigan do score 1.67 goals on the road and they will threaten this weekend.
Last time out, Wigan faced Burton Albion away from home. The travelling side took the lead on the stroke of half time, however their advantage only lasted until the 68th minute. The final dagger was from the penalty spot in the 85th minute, as Joe Powell netted his second of the game.
Both sides will most likely score in this game and Wigan will seek to end their poor run of form. Jamie Reid will cause issues for the Wigan backline, but this game may end in a draw.
The final prediction is Stevenage 1-1 Wigan.