Newport v Stevenage preview
Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:44am
Newport will have on-loan midfielder Charlie Cooper available again for the Sky Bet League Two match against Stevenage.
Cooper was not eligible to feature for Michael Flynn's side in last weekend's 1-1 draw against parent club Forest Green. Midfielder Robbie Willmott made his first league start after returning from suspension, so will be hoping to retain his place, but forward Mark Harris is away on international duty with Wales Under-21s.
Matty Dolan had shaken off a knee problem, so should make the squad again. Defender Mark O'Brien (hamstring) and midfielder Andrew Crofts (Achilles) both continue their recovery.
Stevenage will have young defender Luther James-Wildin available after suspension ruled him out of last weekend's win over Colchester. Boro will check on Alex Revell and striker Kurtis Guthrie ahead of the trip to Wales.
Forward Revell picked up a suspected broken finger against the U's, while Guthrie was forced off at the end of the match due to a dislocated shoulder. Stevenage boss Dino Maamria made some nine changes for the 8-0 Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Charlton on Tuesday, but will recall his first-team regulars in the crucial league fixture against a top-six rival.
Since winning their first ever Football League fixture against Stevenage back in December 2014 (2-0), Newport have failed to win any of the seven league matches between the two sides (D2 L5).
Stevenage have won each of their last two visits to Rodney Parade in the Football League keeping clean sheets on both occasions.
Newport have lost just one of their last 11 League Two games (W7 D3), failing to score in just one of those games (6-0 defeat to Yeovil).
Stevenage have accumulated 21 points from their 12 League Two games this season (W6 D3 L3) - exactly the same record as at this stage last season.
Newport's Jamille Matt has scored three headed goals in League Two so far this season - only Exeter's Jayden Stockley has more (five).
Michael Flynn has done an exceptional job with Newport. They were among the favourites for relegation at the start of the season but they find themselves in the automatic-promotion spots heading into the weekend.
Stevenage have also been a bit of a surprise package so far and will provide a real challenge to County. This is a tough game to call so I am going to sit firmly on the fence and go for a draw.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)