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Sutton made hard work of seeing off a Stevenage side which they had beaten in the league in round two of the EFL Trophy.
After being held to a goalless draw on home turf, it took sudden death penalties to separate the sides, with the favourites fortunate to survive when Luther James-Wildin missed a penalty which would have sent them out.
Matt Gray will be hoping for an easier evening on this occasion, and his side have showed enough promise recently in the league to suggest that could be the case.
Despite a gap of two weeks following their 1-0 win over Harrogate Town – as their fixtures with Bristol Rovers and upcoming opponents Colchester were two of many League Two matches to be postponed – The U’s made it back-to-back wins.
A late Robert Milsom penalty proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory over Exeter City which saw Sutton move into the top three in the league.
Colchester have not been finding life in League Two so pleasant and are currently on a run of four games without a win.
The most recent two of those were also defeats at the hands of midtable sides – a 3-0 loss away at Walsall was followed by a 3-1 defeat to Crawley Town, with Fred Sears‘s 79th-minute goal just a consolation.
Those results have seen The Oysters fall to 20th in the table, just two places and three points above Scunthorphe United in the relegation zone.
Whether Gray will choose to rotate the Sutton starting XI with two games in the space of 72 hours remains to be seen, but either way he is likely to remain loyal to his 4-4-2 system.
Alistair Smith kept his place in the side last time out, making it three consecutive starts in the U’s midfield, behind the strike partnership of Donovan Wilson and Omar Bugiel.
Colchester will be assessing the fitness of a number of their players who have been missing due to COVID-19 as of late.
Shamal George, Frank Nouble and Gene Kennedy are all expected to return having missed the previous few games due to injury.
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Sutton United possible starting lineup:
Bouzanis; Barden, Goodliffe, John, Wyatt; Randall, Milsom, Smith, Ajiboye; Bugiel, Wilson
Colchester United possible starting lineup:
Turner; Tchamadeu, Chambers, Smith, Daniels; Skuse, Sarpong-Wiredu; Jasper, Judge, Hannant; Sears