After a tepid display by a largely fringe line-up in going out of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, attention returns to the league with City hoping to build on an encouraging start that has seen Matt Taylor’s side leave it late in securing successive victories. Taylor knows he will be without summer signing Tom Parkes, who sits out the second of a three match ban handed out for violent conduct late on in the win at Stevenage. Otherwise Taylor will look to revert mainly to the side that won last weekend.
Swindon, like City, have come out of the blocks positively with successive league wins and, like City, they went down to a heavy defeat in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. Manager Richie Wellens overhauled things somewhat during the summer with notable departures including ex-City midfielder James Dunne, experienced striker Marc Richards and keeper Lawrence Vigouroux. In have come the likes of Zeki Fryers and Mathieu Baudry, augmented by a number of loanees. One of those loanees, Rotherham striker Jerry Yates, has impressed so far in scoring in both of Swindon’s league matches, and the Robins will hope he continues in that vein. Luke McCormick will expect the usual frosty reception.
City took the honours in this fixture last season with a pair of 2-0 wins – Forte and Stockley scoring in the home fixture and Forte again (from the spot) and Collins netting at the County Ground. This continued a recent strong run for City over their relatively near neighbours, indeed City haven’t lost a league fixture to Swindon since the latter’s barnstorming 1985/86 season when they broke the 100 point barrier. Swindon do, however, maintain a strong league head to head lead over City with 36 wins to City’s 25 (25 draws). Details of the last 15 encounters between these two sides can be found at https://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?p=9146
Match officials for this game are:-
Referee: Chris Sarginson
Assistant Referees: Ravel Cheosiaua and Dan Bonneywell
Fourth Official: Ross Martin
Sarginson is well known to Exeter fans having refereed the Grecians 21 times. Those games are listed at https://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?s=sarginson