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Preview: Barrow v Colchester United

25 September 2020

A photo of The Progression Solicitors Stadium Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
The Progression Solicitors Stadium

We take an in-depth look at the action ahead of Colchester United's visit to The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

Barrow v Colchester United
Saturday 26th September 2020, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Colchester United have enjoyed an encouraging start to the new campaign and arrive in Cumbria on the back of a confidence-boosting victory over Bolton Wanderers last time out.

The U’s changed their Manager during the summer with John McGreal leaving the club to be replaced by his assistant, Steve Ball.

Ball has continued in the same style as McGreal in terms of making sure youth is given its chance to shine at The JobServe Community Stadium – already this season three of his up and coming stars have been handed debuts.

Having knocked Reading out of the Carabao Cup, The U’s picked up a creditable point away at Bradford City in their opening league game and sit sixth in the formative table ahead of this weekend’s encounter with The Bluebirds.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 14th time the two clubs have met in competitive action, with the last time back in the 1990/91 campaign when both sides were in non-league.

Prior to that you have to go back to the fateful 1971/72 season for the last occasion on which the sides have shared a division – and when Barrow drew at home before pulling off a surprise 1-0 win at Colchester.

One To Watch
Jevani Brown has made a promising start to the new campaign for The U’s helping himself to two goals already, including one in last Saturday’s impressive win over fancied Bolton Wanderers.

The former Cambridge United front man is now in to his second season at The JobServe Community Stadium and he has kicked-off the 2020/21 season in great style.

Barrow will need to keep a close eye on the former Jamaica youth international this weekend when Colchester make their visit to The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

Team News
David Dunn is boosted by the return to contention of last season’s top scorer Scott Quigley after he completed a three-match suspension carried over from 2019/20.

Meanwhile, Colchester boss Steve Ball will run the rule over influential midfielder Harry Pell after the skipper missed last weekend’s 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers with a groin injury.

Referee
Samuel Barrott was promoted to the National League alongside Barrow last season and is now operating at EFL level for the first time.

He has taken charge of three Barrow games in the past, including the astonishing 7-0 thrashing of Ebbsfleet United back in January.

Barrott’s most recent outing came at The Peninsula Stadium two weeks ago when he presided over Salford City’s 2-2 draw with Exeter City.

Betting
Colchester have been installed as 11/8 favourites to collect three points this weekend, while you can back Barrow to win at 19/10 and the draw is available at a price of 9/4.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on Saturday’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Bluebirds are now available – Season Ticket holders will have been emailed a unique code in order to gain free access to the stream.

You can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while oversea supporters pay £7.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for Saturday.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe all the action as it unfolds.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Bluebirds.


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