Plymouth (H) Match Preview

The visit of Plymouth Argyle to the Abbey on Tuesday night kicks off a tricky trio of games for the U’s, all against play-off placed opposition. 

A much-needed three points were won on Saturday afternoon after a 2-0 win against a below-par Accrington Stanley. It looks like the team’s much needed break midweek paid off with an energetic second-half performance, especially from the likes of Harvey Knibbs and James Brophy who have really upped their games over the past few weeks. 

With a double-header of Oxford and Wycombe away on the horizon, Mark Bonner will be looking for his side to come away with maximum points in this one although that could prove difficult against a Plymouth side who are oozing in confidence.

Takeaways from Bonner’s presser

  • Might have to do most of the tactical work indoors due to the storm but says the team is adaptable.
  • Knows what to expect from Plymouth, they’ve had a similar start to 2022
  • Likely that some players will be missing from Saturday’s win, the players coming in will need to grab the opportunity
  • Really enjoying his coaching course alongside fellow L1 managers
  • He’s DEFINITELY not going to Peterborough!

Expected line-up

With Bonner stating he’ll be forced into changes for Tuesday, I’m expecting to see at least three new faces in the XI. Obviously Wesley will get his deserved rest but I’m also expecting to see Harvey Knibbs and Jubril Okedina rested too to keep them fresh for upcoming games. Expect to see a welcome return at the back for the Skipper, maybe…

Mitov: Williams, Sherring, Taylor, Dunk; Digby, O’Neil; Smith, May, Brophy; Tolaj.

Opposition preview

Plymouth Argyle made a blinding start to the League 1 season having gone unbeaten until November, a run which began after a 2-0 defeat to current leaders Rotherham.

Since then, controversy descended on Home Park with the departure of Ryan Lowe to Preston. His untimely departure hasn’t made an impact to the form table however with the Pilgrims picking up key wins against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic.

Who is their player to watch?

After a brief stint at the African Cup of Nations, midfield powerhouse Panutche Camara will be the one to watch on Tuesday. His performances in Plymouth’s talented midfield has turned heads in the League having notched up five assists so far this season. Other standout players include defender James Wilson who hopefully won’t commit common assault on George Williams this time around.

Who’s in the dugout?

Rookie manager Steven Schumacher took charge of the Argyle soon after Ryan Lowe took up the reins at Preston. Schumacher has stayed faithful to the 3-5-2 formation that has really paid off for the Green Army this season so expect to see that in full flow against the U’s.

What’s their recent form like?

W, W, W, L, W

(The loss came against the current World and European Champions)

Any ex-United players?

Professional bench-warmer and lockdown legend Callum Burton is on the books at Plymouth, he’s made only four appearances this season.

Last time out

A battling 1-1 draw at Home Park, arguable one of the best defensive performances of the season 

A matchday album to listen to

Jordan Stephens – Let Me Die Inside You

A debut album from Jordan Stephens, formerly one half of popular duo Rizzle Kicks. A lo-fi dance record that is one of the best of 2022 so far.

The UTAS team’s terrible Moosenet predictions

Marc: 2-2. May, Brophy.

Jack: 2-1 Plymouth, Tolaj (I’ll die on this hill)

Julian: 1-1, Smith

Jordan: 2-1 Plymouth, May

Owen: 1-0 United, Coulson Sherring

Matt: 2-0 Plymouth

Tom: 2-0 United, THE KNIBBLER

From the archive

An excellent 2-1 win against a Plymouth side struggling with their algae-infested pitch. Another win in all-Amber, we note…

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