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Match Preview: Colchester (A)

6 April 2018

Match Previews

Match Preview: Colchester (A)

6 April 2018

Colchester United vs Accrington Stanley | Weston Homes Community Stadium | 3.00pm | Sky Bet League Two

Accrington Stanley make the long trip down to Essex tomorrow to take on a Colchester United side who have been in good form of late.

The U's have won their last three fixtures, including a 2-1 win at home over Luton Town on Good Friday, as they continue to push for a play-off place.

Stanley will be looking to secure a seventh league win in a row and continue the run of form that has seen them win 14 of their last 16 games.

Here's what you need to know ahead of the match:


Stanley wins – 3

Games drawn – 2

Colchester wins – 4

Last Time Out

Stanley started the season in style with a 3-1 victory at home over Colchester on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign.

A debut goal for Kayden Jackson after just nine minutes, and goals from Billy Kee and Omar Beckles either side of half-time gave the Reds a three-goal lead, before Sammie Szmodics pulled one back for the visitors late on.

The Manager – John McGreal

John McGreal was appointed Colchester boss in May 2016, following the club's relegation from League One.

Born in Birkenhead, McGreal came through the youth system at Tranmere Rovers, going on to make 233 appearances for the club. He joined Ipswich Town in 1999 before joining Burnley in 2004. The defender made 106 appearances for the Clarets, before moving into coaching.

One to Watch – Sammie Szmodics

Sammie Szmodics is the U's top scorer this season, with 13 goals in all competitions, despite missing over a month of football with a knee injury.

The 22-year-old is a product of Colchester's academy and has been at his hometown club since he was seven years old.Despite only scoring once so far in 2018, Szmodics remains an attacking threat.

The Englishman was named League Two Player of the Month for December after netting five goals in five games.

Man in the Middle – Kevin Johnson

Mr Johnson has taken charge of 34 matches so far this season, across League's One and Two, The FA Cup, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy.

He has issued 101 yellow cards and nine reds so far this term.

Mr Johnson has overseen just one Stanley game this campaign, the 2-0 win away at Cheltenham in January.

Can't make the match?Then you can follow along on social media using @ASFCofficial on Twitter, or via the club's official Facebook and Instagram pages.

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