After defeat at Crawley on Saturday, Sutton face two home games this week against sides in the lower half of Sky Bet League Two and will look to reverse the run of form that has seen one point picked up since the victory against Notts County on the first day of the season.
The week begins with a visit from Salford City on Tuesday night, with the Manchester club having endured a poor run themselves of five consecutive league defeats prior to Saturday's 2-1 win at home to Newport. That was Salford's third league win of the season, with the two previous successes both coming away from home against Forest Green and Tranmere, the latter seeing Callum Hendry score a hat trick. Saturday's win lifted Salford to 20th place after a start to the season that will have been below the expectations at Moor Lane following last season's performance, which saw Salford reach the play-offs before losing to Stockport.
Sutton will be looking for a first EFL win over Salford, having lost both meetings last season, while two seasons ago both games finished goalless. Sutton did beat The Ammies, though, in the National League in August 2018 thanks to goals from Craig Eastmond and Ross Lafayette. Louis John and Rob Milsom could both be close to returning after missing the last few games through injury, while a decision will be made nearer the kick off on Harry Smith, who has been suffering from a back injury,.
Referee Carl Brook, now in his fourth season on the EFL list, has been a regular visitor to the VBS since his first game against Braintree in November 2007, although this is the first EFL game he has refereed on the ground, his previous visits being as a fourth official, a role he fulfilled in the recent Carabao Cup win at Wycombe.
Tuesday's game is the first of three games that form part of our special October ticket bundle, where supporters can buy a ticket that also covers the home games against Walsall on Saturday, and Morecambe a fortnight later. A ground admission ticket is £45 for adults, representing a cost of £15 per match, with concession tickets at £32 and juniors (age 12-18) £15. Tickets for under 12s are free if purchased with an adult or concession ticket. Tickets for stand seats are £9 more in each case. To buy your ticket for the three games, click here. For an individual match ticket for Tuesday's game click here. Prices are the usual £21 for adults, £15 for concessions and £7 for juniors, with stand seats £4 extra. Tickets will be on sale at the ground on Tuesday, but tickets bought in person on the night cost £2 more, an increase not applied to tickets bought on line at any time.
As it is a midweek league game, supporters unable to get to the game can watch live on our iFollow service for £10 whether in the UK or overseas. Click here to buy a match pass.
We have produced a match programme to cover Tuesday's game and Saturday's game against Walsall, and you can order a copy to be sent out after the game here for £4 plus postage.