With the U's travelling to Plymouth on Tuesday for the third Sky Bet League One game of the season, we take a look at some of the talking points ahead of the match...
- Plymouth playing amidst tragedy
Following the devastating news of the Plymouth shooting last week, Argyle played their home game against Gillingham on Saturday on the back of a wave of emotion with the town coming together just days after the heart-breaking incident, where four innocent local people were killed.
The decisive moment of the match came in the 88th minute, as Luke Jephcott curled home to make it 1-0 and as Manager Ryan Lowe said after the game, “There was only one winner today and that was the City of Plymouth.”
Cambridge United Football Club offers its sincerest condolences to everyone that was affected and sends its thoughts and well-wishes to the people of Plymouth.
- U’s waiting on fitness of Jones
After picking up a knock against Oxford United, the status of centre-back Lloyd Jones is up in the air. Jones missed Saturday’s match at Accrington Stanley and Mark Bonner said, “We will see how Lloyd is this morning. He was looking better at the weekend so touch wood on that one.”
Paul Digby stepped in at centre-back on Saturday and with Okedina also missing with an ankle injury, Bonner has confirmed that the Club are looking to recruit in that area of the pitch.
- Mayor may not feature for Pilgrims
Danny Mayor was absent from Plymouth’s squad at the weekend, after the midfielder was substituted during the Carabao Cup win over Peterborough United with a thigh issue.
Tuesday’s match may come too soon for Mayor to be back involved, whose timetable for return is understood to be ‘day-to-day’.
- Ironside looking to make it three in a row
Joe Ironside has started the season in superb form, scoring twice in the first two games from three shots on goal, in addition to a successful penalty in the Carabao Cup win against Swindon Town.
The U’s forward has started each of the two league games as a lone striker and after scoring 14 goals during last season’s promotion-winning campaign, he is already on track to improve on that total.
- Long-awaited third tier clash
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 at the end of the season.
Across all meetings between the two teams, the U's have won 11, drawn 8 and lost 9, whilst the last time Cambridge won at Home Park was in 2015, when an 86th minute Luke Berry goal helped secure a 2-1 win.