We turn our attentions to this evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of Scunthorpe United's League Two visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.
Barrow v Scunthorpe United
Tuesday 19th October 2021, 7.45pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Scunthorpe United have suffered a frustrating start to the new campaign and arrive at The Dunes Hotel Stadium in the midst of a four-game losing streak which has left them bottom of the table.
Boss Neil Cox has had to contend with some bad luck on the injury and illness front so far during 2021/22 and the Iron chief also felt his side were on the wrong end of some poor refereeing decisions during the weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers.
Scunthorpe have tasted victory just once so far this season – a 1-0 triumph over Tranmere Rovers at the end of August – and have collected just one points from the last available 21 in League Two.
However, Cox is experienced enough to know that things can change very quickly and he will be hoping that victory in Cumbria this evening can be a platform for his side to climb away from trouble.
One To Watch
Ryan Loft has handed Scunthorpe United a boost in recent weeks by returning from a cheek injury which had kept him on the sidelines throughout September.
The former Spurs youngster top scored for The Iron last season, and they will be looking to him to find the goals to fire them away from the base of the table this time around.
Loft has hit the net twice so far this term and he remains one of Scunthorpe’s biggest attacking threats so The Bluebirds will have to keep a close eye on him this evening.
Head To Head
This evening’s game will be the 26th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Scunthorpe have had the better of it historically having won 13 times in comparison to Barrow’s eight triumphs.
However, The Bluebirds have run out 1-0 winners in each of the last two games between the sides, including a Carabao Cup victory at The Dunes Hotel Stadium back in August.
Ben Toner will be on duty at The Dunes Hotel Stadium for the first time this season when he is the man in the middle for our League Two meeting with Scunthorpe United.
The experienced official has been on the EFL beat since 2015/16 and last oversaw The Bluebirds during our trip to Exeter City on the final day of last season.
Toner’s most recent appointment came in the North East when he watched Hartlepool United overcome Northampton 2-1 in League Two at Victoria Park.
Tickets for tonight’s game are available in advance online right now, from Main Reception from 2pm (card payment only) and then from the Fan Zone Ticket Booth from 5pm (cash and card payment).
We are allowed to stream this evening’s fixture 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.
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 John Goodwin to describe all the action as it unfolds against The Iron.
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.
Barrow have been installed as big 4/7 favourites for the three points tonight, with visitors Scunthorpe United out at 9/2 and the draw priced up at 14/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.