Following an upset in the FA Cup with non-league side Aldershot knocking out 2008 winners Portsmouth in a first round replay, normal order will return tonight when Stevenage travel to Maidstone.
Last night’s replay saw Pompey exit the competition at the hands of non-league side Aldershot Town, however tonight’s replay will see Stevenage book their place in the second round.
Maidstone’s artificial pitch will likely pose Stevenage some problems, however the visitors’ manager Graham Westley will certainly have done his homework ahead of this clash and the League Two side will be well prepared.
Maidstone’s keeper Lee Worgan was in superb form in the first match at Stevenage’s Broadhall way, forcing a replay due to his excellent goalkeeping display and the hosts this evening will be in high spirits following their tremendous start to the season, winning all but two of their 18 Ryman League matches up to the beginning of November.
Nevertheless they have stumbled somewhat since the original FA Cup match, drawing their league match and losing an FA Trophy encounter. With AFC Sudbury leaving with a 2-0 victory recently, there is little to suggest that League Two side Stevenage can’t repeat that outcome tonight.
We could be tempted to back Stevenage for a win at 13/15, however their recent form has been less than impressive and despite their excellent 5-1 defeat of Cheltenham on Saturday, their performances on the road leave cause for concern.
With the first match finishing 0-0, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar scoreline in ninety minutes of play this time around, however should there be a winner in regular time, we feel that Stevenage will be ones to proceed to the next round.
Our betting tips
Stevenage keeping a clean sheet – Betfred 19/10
All odds were correct at time of posting.