Newport County welcome Scunthorpe United to Rodney Parade tomorrow night, as they go head to head in League Two.
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This will be the 32nd meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 1968, in which Scunthorpe came out 1-0 winners.
It’s not a game that has been played too often in recent times, with the two sides playing against each other just five times this century.
Newport are unbeaten in those games, though, including the reverse fixture which ended as a 1-1 draw.
How will tomorrow’s game play out?
Newport County Form
The Exiles are still in control of their play-off hopes despite the fact they drew 0-0 to Exeter at the weekend.
Michael Flynn’s side have now drawn three of their last six, picking up nine points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in ninth spot in the form table.
They’ve struggled for consistency at Rodney Parade in recent times, though, winning three of their last six home games.
Scunthorpe United Form
Scunthorpe were comfortable beaten 2-0 by Walsall at Glanford Park at the weekend as they continue to struggle down the bottom.
They have also lost five of their last six matches, picking up just one point from 18. That means they currently sit at the bottom of the form table.
The Iron have been very poor on the road recently as well, losing each of their last four away games.
Our Picks For Exiles Picks – Newport County V Scunthorpe United
1. Will Newport County beat Scunthorpe United? Yes
Despite the fact that Newport have won just two of their last six, Scunthorpe’s terrible away form offers them a good chance for three points.
It should be a hotly contested game, though with both sides having something to play for.
2. Will Newport County score in the second half? Yes
The Exiles have scored twice as many goals in the closing 45 minutes compared to the opening 45 when at home.
With 15 goals from 21, they are currently averaging 0.71 goals scored per second half at Rodney Parade.
Meanwhile, Scunthorpe have failed to keep a clean sheet in the second period in 57% of their away games.
3. How many goals will Newport County concede? 0
Flynn’s side have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four games, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do it again tomorrow.
With just 17 goals conceded from 21 matches, Newport are currently averaging just 0.81 goals against per home game.
As well as that, Scunthorpe didn’t score in either of their last two games.
It’s not unusual for them to fail to find the net either, as they have done so in 43% of their games on the road this campaign.
4. How many shots on target will Newport County have? 4+
The Exiles had 11 shots at the weekend, but couldn’t beat Jökull Andresson as he pulled off four saves.
They have now hit the target 169 times this season, which is an average of 3.93 shots on goal per game.
Meanwhile, Mark Howard and Rory Watson have been the men who have played in goal for Scunthorpe this season.
Between them, they have faced 158 attempts on their goal, which is an average of 3.67 shots on target against per game.
5. How many corners will Newport County be awarded? 4+
Newport won eight corners against Exeter at the weekend, meaning they have now won 226 of them this campaign. That’s an average of 5.25 awarded per game.
From the 43 league games that Flynn’s side have been involved, they have won four or more corners in 29 of them.
As well as that, The Exiles were awarded nine corners in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season.
6. How many saves will Newport County goalkeepers make? 3
Tom King didn’t have a save to make against Exeter in what was a very easy afternoon for him.
Between him and Nick Townsend, they have made 100 saves this campaign. That’s an average of 2.32 saves per game.
Meanwhile, Scunthorpe have tested opposition goalkeepers 133 times this season, averaging 3.09 shots on target per game.
- Will Padraig Amond score? No
- Will Josh Sheehan assist a goal? No
- How many tackles will Mickey Demetriou make? 1
- How many shots on target will Lewis Collins have? 1
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