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Match Preview: Pigrims vs U's

17 August 2021

Mark Bonner's men make a long trip down to Plymouth tonight ahead of the U's third League One game of the season...


Following on from a 2-1 defeat last time out against Accrington Stanley this past Saturday, the U’s be will looking to post a first league victory of the season in Plymouth tonight.

A draw in the opening game against Oxford United was followed up by a Carabao Cup win against Swindon Town on penalties, means the U's sit on one point in Sky Bet League One and face a Round Two tie against Millwall.

Cambridge come up against an Argyle side that have posted a win and a loss from their first two league games of the 2021/22 season. 

A 2-0 defeat against Rotherham United on the opening day saw the Pilgrims get off to a far-from-ideal start, but two wins from the next two - a 4-0 win in the Carabao Cup against Peterborough United and a 1-0 win over Gillingham on Saturday - has certainly lifted the mood around Home Park.

Memory Lane

United's history with Plymouth dates back to 1974, with a 4-1 Division Three loss getting the U's off to a rough start against tonight's opponents. A 3-1 win in the reverse fixture helped address the balance and across all meetings, it is Cambridge who have the edge with 11 wins, 8 draws and 9 losses.

Tuesday's match will be the first time that Cambridge United and Plymouth Argyle will play in the third tier of English Football since 1994/95. Both games that season ended in a draw, which didn't do much to help either team, as both were relegated come the end of the season.

The last time Cambridge won at Home Park was in 2015, when an 86th minute Luke Berry goal helped secure a 2-1 win.

I Remember U's

Former United promotion-winning Goalkeeper Callum Burton now plays his trade for the Pilgrims, following his Summer move to Home Park. Burton played a major role in last season's success for the U's after coming in for the injured Mitov to make 27 league appearances from December onwards. He is yet to take his place between the sticks for Plymouth this season, as 21-year-old Michael Cooper has kept him at bay.

Plymouth-born Lloyd Jones came through the ranks at Argyle before signing for Liverpool as a teenager. He returned to Devon for a brief loan-spell in 2019, whilst contracted with Luton Town and will no doubt be eager to be involved in tonight's fixture.

Quick Quotes

Mark Bonner on the prospect of facing Plymouth:

“We know what a tough game it will be, we went there a couple of seasons ago and had a really tricky game and they have done well in League One over the last couple of years. I think they will be the first to say they want a little more in, but the starting team and the one or two options they have around it make them a really strong team and we saw that in their performance against Gillingham at the weekend. We know we are in for a tough game but we have got to give ourselves the best chance and go and be really competitive.”

Ryan Lowe on what he expects from the match:

"I am expecting a good game of football. They [Cambridge] do the right things, they try and play a bit of football. They have got a team and a manager who want to do it the right way, and got promoted doing it the right way. We respect them because they have just come up, and we know how hard that is. But it is about what we do I think. We will put a game plan together and if we put in a performance like the one on Saturday I will be happy."

The Officials

Christopher Sarginson has been appointed Referee for tonight's game whilst Justin Amey and Richard Morris will be his Assistants. Adrian Quelch is Fourth Official.

How To Watch

Tickets for tonight's match are still available to buy from Home Park but if you aren't able to make it down to Devon, stream the action live with an iFollow Match Pass.

Match Passes cost just £10 and are available to buy now. The simplest way to do so is by clicking here and selecting the Plymouth fixture. Either log-in to your existing iFollow account or create a free account by clicking ‘Register Now’.

Once logged in, follow the process to enter your payment details and as kick-off approaches, simply log-in and visit the Match Centre page to watch the game live from wherever you are.

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