City’s stunning comeback win at Oldham on Saturday marks the halfway point in the league season with Matt Taylor’s side having faced everyone. The second half of the season kicks off on Boxing Day a home match against City’s nearest opponents in the division, although of course this will be the third meeting between the sides after they were paired together in the EFL Trophy group stage. Taylor named an unchanged starting XI at Oldham, and the temptation will be to stick to this winning formula although with this the second of four games in 10 days Taylor may need to rotate his squad somewhat. Still to come back is Hiram Boateng, who is thought to be on the cusp of full fitness.
Following a promising start to the season including a stunning 6-0 win away at promotion chasing Newport, things have drifted somewhat for Yeovil since then, the Glovers having recorded just one league victory since, that in late October. Darren Way’s side have drawn their last two fixtures, latterly thanks to a stunning late equaliser against Northampton, to arrest a run of four straight league defeats as injuries have taken their toll somewhat – Yeovil have used 26 players in their 21 matches so far (City have used 21 despite also having injury problems). The main goal threat is likely to come from former City trialist Alex Fisher, who has recently returned from injury and will look to add to his seven goals in all competitions. The vastly experienced Stuart Nelson, 37, is likely to continue to be in goal.
Both the league match and the EFL Trophy match at Huish Park finished level. The EFL Trophy match was 0-0, City winning on penalties, before the sides played out a 2-2 draw in the league, a brace from Stockley sandwiching strikes from Green and Fisher. If you play the pools, this is a good fixture in which to place your X, as seven of the 13 league matches between City and Yeovil have finished level, both sides winning three apiece. Details of the last 17 encounters http://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?p=9070
The match officials will be:-
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Ronald Ganfield and Ben Cobb
Fourth Official : Sam Allison
Graham Salisbury has officiated ten Exeter games, details of which can be found at http://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?s=graham+salisbury