Colchester come to the Fully Charged New Lawn sitting just 3 points above the relegation places in 22nd position, albeit with games in hand. They are now 13 points short of the play-off places so it looks like a relegation tussle for the U’s. Colchester’s visit was originally scheduled for November but was postponed due to international call-ups. The game was rescheduled for just before Christmas but again postponed, this time covid-affected.
Their record so far is 5 wins, 7 draws & 9 defeats.
Scoring goals has been a bit of an issue for Colchester this season – just 17 goals in 21 matches. But the U’s are reasonably tight in defence with only 28 goals conceded in those 21 games.
Colchester have performed marginally better at home than on the road this season. However, they’ve won just one single point away from home since their 0-0 draw at Swindon in September (with 5 away losses and 2 goal-less draws in that time). In all, the U’s have had three 0-0 draws away from home this season which suggests they may be tough to break down on the road.
In their last 3 away games against Walsall, Bradford & Crawley, Colchester lined up as a 4-2-3-1 with Sears, the number 11 leading the line (the results were 3-0, 0-0 & 3-1 in these games).
Colchester’s home v Rochdale on 8th January was called off due to a waterlogged pitch while Rovers also had a weekend off.