There will be a bit of pressure on the home side here after losing out on the road on the first weekend of the new season. Stevenage have a point in the bag already having played out a thrilling draw with Newport in their opener. So both of these head into this one looking for their first win of the season and in the match outright, there are some big prices running. You have Colchester at home at a big price of 7/5 with Ladbrokes to take the victory, while the away side are 19/10.
So that’s some chunky prices to get stuck into there and it offers plenty of value for punters does this game. Both Colchester and Stevenage only just missed out on the play offs spots in League Two last season in that crazily epic battle on the final day of the season to settle three of the four play off spots. They will be going to go a little bit better this season to lock down a top seven place to stand a chance of climbing up to League One.
The U’s opened with a bit of a harrowing 3-1 away defeat against Accrington and so will be looking for a huge response to that back at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Colchester missed the play offs by one point last season and the bulk of their good work was done on home soil. They really struggled for wins away from home, but they posted a very good W14 D4 L5 record on home soil last season and they went unbeaten in their last six home games of last term (W5 D1). During the home form last season, they hammered Stevenage 4-0.
Like the U’s, Stevenage almost got into the play offs last season, but just couldn’t squeeze their way in on the final day of the seasons. They failed to win any of their last six games of the season (D2 L4) which didn’t help them at all. Stevenage failed to win any of their last five away games last season (D3 L2) and overall they posted a W9 D6 L8 record out on the road last term. The big concern for them was that they only averaged 1.09 goals per away game, so they were never an offensive threat.
Head to Head News
What is going to make your betting options a little easier is the head to head because Colchester dominates it. They have won their last six games on the bounce against Stevenage now and they have scored at least three goals in three of their last four against Boro. Actually, they have scored exactly four goals in three of their last four against them. Colchester have failed to score in five of their last seven against the U’s as well. All but two of those eight previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals despite that.
Top Betting Tips
There have been plenty of goals around before in this fixture and over 2.5 goals looks value at 5/6 with Sky Bet. Colchester do have the winning form in this fixture and it is worth sticking with the home side fully on this one and considering their track record against Boro, there is a very appealing price of 7/2 at Sky Bet on the home side to go out and win this one to nil as well.