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Exiles Picks: Newport County V Stevenage | Predictions

News February 26, 2021

The Exiles welcome Stevenage to the Rodney Parade tomorrow afternoon as they go head to head in League Two.

Tom Pearce, Exiles Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)

It was back to winning ways for Michael Flynn’s side in the week as they beat Walsall 1-0 away from home.

Meanwhile, Alex Revell’s side failed to break the deadlock on Tuesday as they drew away to Port Vale 0-0.

A win for the Exiles could potentially put them level on points with third place and put them in good stead to challenge for automatics if results go their way.

This will be the 13th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 2014 which saw Newport come out 2-0 winners.

The reverse fixture earlier this season ended 1-0 to Newport but how will tomorrow’s game play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Newport County score in the first half? No

Flynn’s side have failed to score in the first 45 minutes in any of their last five games.

Stevenage have also conceded fewer goals in the first half than the second when playing on the road, albeit by one.

With nine goals from 16, that’s an average of just 0.56 goals against per first half in away games.

2. Will Newport County score in the second half? Yes

Each of the Exiles’ last three goals have come in the second half of games.

At Rodney Parade, they have managed they’ve scored 10 from 14 which means they’re currently averaging 0.71 goals scored per second period at home.

Meanwhile, the Boro have conceded 10 from 16. That means they’re letting in 0.63 goals per second half on the road.

3. How many goals will Newport County score? 1

Flynn’s side have struggled to find the net recently, scoring just the one goal in five of their last eight games.

In fact, Newport have scored exactly one goal in 36% of their games played at Rodney Parade this season.

Despite their low league position, Stevenage have quite a good defensive record.

When on the road, they have conceded 19 goals from 16 games which averages at 1.19 goals against per away game.

4. How many shots on target will Newport County have? 4+

Liam Roberts was tested on four occasions on Wednesday, putting Newport’s shots on target tally up to 119 for the season.

That’s an average of 4.1 shots on goal per game.

Jamie Cumming and David Stockdale have shared the minutes between the sticks for Stevenage this season.

Between them they have faced 112 shots on their goal, averaging 3.6 shots on target against per game.

5. How many corners will Newport County be awarded? 4+

The Exiles have won four or more corners in all but eight of their 29 league games this season.

With 157 of them awarded to Newport, they are currently averaging 5.41 corners won per game.

They only managed the three corners in the reverse fixture against Stevenage though.

6. How many saves will Newport County goalkeepers make? 2

Nick Townsend had just the one save to make in the week which was his 64th save of the season.

Added to Tom King’s eight saves, Newport keepers are currently averaging 2.48 saves per game.

Stevenage don’t tend to test the opposition goalkeepers too frequently either.

With 105 shots on target in 31 games, they are currently averaging 3.39 shots on target per 90 minutes.

Quickfire

  • Will Nicky Maynard score? No
  • Will Luke Gambin assist a goal? No
  • How many tackles will Mickey Demetriou make? 2
  • How many shots on target will Nicky Maynard have? 0

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