In the first of two Sky Bet League Two games at the VBS Community Stadium this week, Sutton entertain Swindon Town this evening with both clubs on the fringes of the play-off zone.
Swindon have been in or around the upper reaches of the table for most of the season, but saw manager Scott Lindsey leave for Crawley just after Christmas, with midfielder Ben Gladwin following him to Broadfield Stadium, and new manager Jody Morris is still looking for his first points since taking over, a 2-1 defeat at Newport followed by a home reverse against Doncaster on Saturday which saw Swindon drop down to tenth place, three points outside the play-off area. Last seasons Player of the Year Louis Reed, who scored in the corresponding game last season with an impressive free kick, was another January departure as he joined Mansfield, but among the arrivals at the County Ground was experienced striker Charlie Austin, joining the club for a second spell. Swindon's other scorer in their 2-1 win at the VBS last season, Welsh international Jonny Williams, was also on target when the sides met at the County Ground in October, but he went off injured against Doncaster on Saturday and may be a doubt.
Sutton have lost just once in the last eight games and came back from Hartlepool with a point on Saturday having led 2-0 after half an hour. Craig Eastmond's red card in that game, his second of the season, means he begins a two match suspension tonight, but Louis John and Rob Milsom could both return to the squad after injury. U's are a point and three places behind Swindon in the table, having played a game more, and are looking to end a run of defeats against the Wiltshire side, who have won all three EFL meetings by a single goal margin.
A familiar face will be in charge tonight, with David Rock having first refereed Sutton in National League South. He is in his fourth season as an EFL referee, and took charge of the game at Gillingham earlier this season.
Tickets for tonights game are on sale on line here, price £20 for adults, £14 for concessions and £6 for under 18s. Tickets for under 12s are free when bought in conjunction with an adult or concession ticket. There is a £5 increase for a seat. Tickets are also on sale from the ticket kiosk at the ground tonight, but tickets bought in person tonight have an increase of £2, an increase which does not apply to tickets bought on line, even today.
Supporters unable to be at the game can watch a live stream on our iFollow service for £10. Click here to buy a pass. We have been told that the technical problems that affected the iFollow coverage of Saturday's games has been resolved and no issues are envisaged this evening. Anyone who bought an audio pass for Saturday's game at Hartlepool, either as a match pass or part of a monthly or annual pass, and then missed the game due to the issues, should email ifollowefl.com to claim a refund.
The fanzone will be open from 6pm tonight serving food and drink, with the Swindon fanzone opening at 6.30pm behind the visiting supporter accommodation.
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