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In opposition: Accrington Stanley - form guide

21 February 2022

There has been a contrast in Stanley’s form at home and away in the 2021/22 Sky Bet League One season.

Manager John Coleman addressed it recently, noting his team’s inability to properly deliver positive results when playing away from The Wham Stadium. 

Accrington go into the midweek game against Rovers sitting 13th in the league table, level on 43 points with Burton Albion. However, Stanley do have a game in-hand over Burton, after their game at Sheffield Wednesday was called off last week just 90 minutes prior to kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch at Hillsborough. They have conceded 49 goals(1.53 per game), while Coleman’s side has netted 41 (1.28 per game) in the league this season.

The form guide shows they have won three of their past 10 league games, drawing four and losing three. But they have won two of their past five games, including a 4-1 win over bottom of the table Crewe Alexandra and a 2-0 upset at home to fourth place Oxford United.  Nine of their 12 league wins this season have come at the Wham Stadium. They suffered what Coleman felt the 2-0 loss away to Cambridge United at the weekend was a tough one to take, as his side dominated for periods of the game, but failed to register a goal for the second consecutive away game.

Across all competitions, Stanley have won six of their previous 15 games, with five draws and four losses in the process. 

Away from home, the team have not won since the start of December. They have lost three and drawn one in that time, with just one goal scored.

When it comes to clean sheets, Accrington have registered 11 of them this season, with wins coming in eight of those games. The last of those came courtesy of a 1-0 win at Lincoln City on November 27.

Since the beginning of 2022, Accrington have scored 11 goals – all coming in league fixtures. The team has averaged 2.0 goals per game in their last three fixtures, with the highlight putting four past Crewe earlier this month.

The two sides last met earlier this season on August 17, with the contest serving as just the eighth ever meeting between the two clubs. The first-ever meeting came in a 3-2 defeat for Rovers on the opening day of the Sky Bet League Two season in 2016/17. The 1-0 win for Accrington in August means they have registered six wins and two draws in the previous encounters to remain unbeaten against Rovers. 

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