Stevenage welcomes Salford at Broadhill Way this Saturday in an important clash in League Two. The hosts look to cut league leaders Leyton Orient’s lead to just three points with a win over Salford, whereas the visitors could jump further into the Play-off places into fifth.
Stevenage have had an impressive season, sitting second in League Two with 67 points, a league they finished 21st in the 2021/22 season with just 47 points. In their 36 games thus far, Stevenage have won 19 games, drawn ten and lost just seven. The hosts have a good attacking record this season, scoring 50 goals in 36 games, but their defensive record is the second-best in the league, conceding just 31 goals, an average of 0.86 goals a game.
In their last five League Two games, Stevenage have three wins, a draw and a loss. Ali Al-Hamadi’s brace against Stevenage wasn’t enough for Wimbledon as Steve Evans’ side came back to win 3 - 2, with Luke Norris winning it in the 83rd minute. Norris was also amongst the goals in his side’s 3 - 1 over Walsall with Josh March grabbing the other two goals. Stevenage were held to a 0 - 0 draw with Carlisle the last time out and their only loss in their last five was a shock 2 - 0 loss to bottom-of-the-league Rochdale.
The Ammies have looked strong so far this season, Neil Wood’s side currently occupies the seventh spot in League Two with a healthy 59 points. In their 37 games, Salford have managed 17 wins, eight draws and 12 losses. Salford’s attack is their highlight of the season, scoring 57 goals, an average of 1.54 goals a game, the second most in the league. However, their defence is where they’re lacking, ranking 13th in the league having conceded 42 goals and keeping just 11 clean sheets.
Salford also have three wins, a draw and a loss in their last five League Two games. Evans’ men registered five different goalscorers in their 5 - 2 win over Mansfield Town, fought back from 1 - 0 down to win 3 - 1 over Newport County with Matt Smith grabbing a third in the 95th minute and notched another 3 - 1 win in their last game out against Doncaster, with Luke Bolton bagging a brace. Both sides got a point in the 1 - 1 draw with Barrow and Salford also suffered a shock 4 - 3 loss to 18th-place Crewe Alexandra.
Stevenage have a horror record against Salford that they’ll be looking to correct this weekend. The two sides first met in 2019 and have only played each other seven times. However, Salford have taken all three points on six occasions, with Stevenage only winning once, a 4 - 2 win at the end of the 2021/22 season. Other than Stevenage’s win, this fixture is usually relatively low scoring with only two games having over three goals, all the others have been two or less, with 1 - 0 being the most popular scoreline, happening four times in seven games.
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