Stevenage will be aiming to get back to winning ways as they are set to host AFC Wimbledon at The Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After a poor run of results, Steve Evans’ side now find themselves outside of the automatic promotion places in 5th place in the table. However, they are level on points with both Stockport and Carlisle above them and crucially have a game in hand over both of those sides.
Stevenage are without a win in their last five league games, having drawn four and lost one. Steve Evans’ side failed to take advantage of an easy run of games over the Easter period. On Good Friday, they had to come from behind to record a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Stevenage.
Stevenage followed this up with another disappointing draw as they failed to hold onto a one-goal lead against Hartlepool who are also fighting to stay in the Football League. Danny Rose put Boro ahead however Hartlepool equalised within seconds of the second half restart.
Despite their recent dip in form, Steve Evans has deservedly been nominated for the League Two manager of the season alongside Stevenage’s defensive lynchpin and captain Carl Piergianni who has been nominated for the Player of the Season. These awards will be of little consolation if Stevenage are not to achieve promotion.
The away side currently find themselves in 17th place in the League Two table and look destined for another year in League Two as they are currently nine points above the relegation zone and nineteen points beneath the playoff places.
Wimbledon come into this match on the back of an inconsistent run of form which has been symptomatic of their season. The Dons have only won one of their last thirteen league outings and have recorded defeats against struggling Rochdale and Crawley.
Last time out Wimbledon were beaten dramatically as Callum Hendry's stoppage time double completed a stunning Salford fightback to beat Wimbledon 3-2 .After having a penalty saved in the 90th minute by Nathan Broome, it looked like it would not be Hendry's day, but incredibly he found the back of the net twice to claim a hugely important win in their fight for promotion.
Stevenage have dominated this fixture’s relatively short history in the Football League and are yet to be beaten by Wimbledon. The sides have met on five occasions in the league, of which Stevenage have won four and there has been one draw, but this has proved to be a tigh matchup as every meeting has been decided by a single goal.
It was Steve Evans’ side who recorded an exciting victory when these sides met in the reverse fixture less than two months ago. An Ali Al-Hamadi brace looked to have rescued Wimbledon a point with the game poised at 2-2 heading into the final 10 minutes but Luke Norris struck a late winner to revitalise Stevanage’s promotion push.
Despite not having won in their last five league outings, it is Stevenage who enter this matchup as heavy favourites @ ⅗, whilst an away win for Wimbledon is currently priced @ 19/4 and a draw is @ 13/5.
We are backing Stevenage to win and under 2.5 goals because five of Stevenage’s last six league outings have resulted in two or fewer goals. We believe that this will be a tight game with Stevenage having a narrow edge thanks to their experienced defensive line.