In the penultimate matchday of the League Two season, Stevenage could gain automatic promotion with a win as they are set to host Grimsby Town at The Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Evans’ side are on the verge of promotion to the third tier of English and they are currently sitting in second place in the League Two table. Stevenage have not played in League One since the 2013/14 season, where they finished in 24th place.
Stevenage come into this weekend on the back of a stellar run of performances, which has seen Boro lose just one of their last seven league outings. This run has included impressive victories over the likes of Wimbledon and Doncaster.
Steve Evans’ side featured in midweek League Two action as they travelled to face Swindon Town. The game was a tight affair as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances. A Jamie Reid strike in the 25th minute was the difference between the sides as the game finished 1-0.
Grimsby are currently occupying 11th place in the League Two table, having amassed 58 points from their 44 league games so far this season. The Mariners find themselves 14 points beneath the playoff places but the positives should be taken from this season into the next.
The Mariners come into this weekend on the back of a good run of form which has seen them record three victories from their last five league outings. This run has included a narrow victory over Barrow and Doncaster.
Paul Hurst’s side featured in midweek League Two action as they hosted Crewe. A first-half goal from Gavan Holohan and a second-half goal from Danilo Orsi were the difference between the sides, as Grimsby’s impenetrable defence was on display once again.
The history of Stevenage versus Grimsby dates back to the early 2010s when Stevenage was first promoted to the Football League. The two clubs have faced each other on numerous occasions over the years, with their encounters typically producing exciting affairs.
One of the most memorable matches between the two sides took place on 11 February 2012 when Stevenage won 3-1 at Blundell Park. This victory helped Stevenage to secure a place in the League One playoff at the end of the season, and they went on to win promotion to the Championship. Steve Evans will be hoping that his side can replicate such a win this weekend to ensure promotion.
These sides were inseparable when they met in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season. Stevenage looked like they would take all three points thanks to a 79th-minute Jake Reeves strike, but Grimsby rescued a point in the first minute of extra time thanks to Niall Maher.
Unsurprisingly, given these sides respective positions in the league, it is Stevenage who are heavily favoured at the bookies ahead of this weekend’s matchup and are currently priced @ ⅗, whilst an away win for Grimsby is priced @ 17/4.
We are backing Jamie Reid to score the first goal in the game as he has shown some impressive form in the back end of Stevenage’s season. Reid has thirteen goals to his tally in the league this season and has netted twice in his last four outings.