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Preview: Barrow v Exeter City

17 August 2021

A photograph of Barrow's Dunes Hotel Stadium Ian Allington
The Dunes Hotel Stadium

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Exeter City's League Two visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Barrow v Exeter City
Tuesday 17th August 2021, 7.45pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Exeter City have had a tricky start to the new campaign during which they have had to negotiate a series of injuries and even some positive COVID-19 cases in the camp.

It’s made things more difficult for Matt Taylor’s men during the opening weeks of the season and they are yet to register their first win, or indeed their first goal.

The weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Leyton Orient was particularly damaging, in that they also lost influential midfielder Jack Sparkes to injury and summer signing Jonathan Grounds to suspension.

However, City have a track record for being competitive at League Two level and will be hoping to kickstart their season in Cumbria this evening.

One To Watch
Matt Jay is a product of Exeter City’s Academy and has come through the ranks to star on the First Team stage at St James’ Park in recent years.

After debuting at just 17, Jay has developed into a regular in The Grecians’ line-up and has now made well over 100 senior appearances for the club.

Known for his technical ability and quick feet, Jay has been made Club Captain for 2021/22 after striking 20 goals in all competitions for City last term.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the 21st competitive meeting between the two clubs and it’s Exeter who have a slight edge having won six times in comparison to Barrow’s five victories.

The teams met on the final day of last term at St James’ Park in a game which ended 1-1, while The Bluebirds ran out 2-1 winners on The Grecians’ last trip to Cumbria in April.

Referee
Andrew Kitchen will be on the whistle for tonight’s League Two meeting with Exeter City at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

The official was promoted to the EFL list of referees at the start of the current campaign and made his debut during Salford City’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient at The Peninsula Stadium last weekend.

Kitchen’s last visit to Barrow came in the 2019/20 season when he oversaw our victory over Sutton United in the National League.

Tickets
Tickets for tonight’s game are available in advance online right now and (card payment only) from Main Reception from 2pm and then from the Fan Zone Ticket Booth from 6pm.

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for tonight’s game.

Live Streaming
We are allowed to stream regular midweek fixtures on iFollow so if you can’t get along to The Dunes Stadium then you will be able to enjoy a live feed online with us.

All you need to do is ensure you’re signed-up for a FREE iFollow account and then you can add a Video Match Pass for this evening’s game then sit back and enjoy all the action live.

Click here to add your Match Pass ahead of kick-off.

Live Commentary
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by Mark Boyd for full coverage of Saturday’s game against The Grecians.

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.

Betting
The Bluebirds are 11/8 favourites for victory this evening, with visitors Exeter rated a 19/10 shot for three points and the draw priced up at 11/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of this evening’s game.


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