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🧐 The Opposition: Stevenage

We take an in-depth look at the Boro, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Dino Maamria’s men

4 April 2019

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Stevenage manager Dino Maamria

Grimsby Town aim for their first win in eight Sky Bet League Two games as they welcome Stevenage to Blundell Park on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side, who are winless since the mid-February victory over Cheltenham Town, lost 2-0 to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park last weekend.

And the Mariners will be hoping to bring their winless run to an end as they face Stevenage on Saturday.

But the Boro – who sit in 12th-place – have picked up just one victory from their last nine league games, and will be looking to return to winning ways against Town this weekend.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: L, L, D, D, L

Stevenage: L, W, D, D, L

One to watch: Ilias Chair

On-loan QPR attacking midfielder Ilias Chair has scored four goals in 10 league appearances for Stevenage this season – despite only making the move to Broadhall Way in January.

The 21-year-old is yet to be on the losing side when he has scored for Stevenage, and he scored a brace in their 2-2 draw with league leaders Lincoln City in February.

Chair, who made eight appearances for parent club QPR earlier this season, will be looking to score another screamer for Stevenage this weekend.

Previous starting XI

Maamria went with a 4-4-2 formation as Stevenage lost 3-0 at home to 23rd-place Notts County last time out.

Goalkeeper Paul Farman had a back four of Luther Wildin, Scott Cuthbert, Ben Nugent, and Johnny Hunt in front of him.

Moses Makasi, Arthur Iontton, Joel Byrom, and Ilias Chair made up the midfield, with Alex Revell and Dan Newton up front.

Last time out: Stevenage 1-0 Grimsby Town

On-loan Birmingham City defender Steve Seddon struck in the 83rd minute to seal all three points for Stevenage when the two sides met at Broadhall Way back in September.

The defeat extended the Mariners’ winless run to seven games, and was Town’s fifth loss in a row.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with the Boro on Saturday.


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