National cups are something special for many teams and supporters. Today's match will decide whether it's Boston United or Stratford Town that keep their silverware dream alive.
It’s busy days for these teams as both were in action only a few days ago. There’s no rest for the wicked, or in this case; no rest for Boston and Stratford Town.
Boston United form and statsBoston have not come this way in the FA Cup without some hard work on the way, more precisely defeating East Thurrock United and Corby Town. Boston was eliminated in the 2nd round qualifying last season in the FA Cup.
There’s a good atmosphere here after three straight home wins.
Boston United's previous game was a Vanarama National League North match also played at home, ending 4-1 versus AFC Telford United. The home side are looking to build on that result.Heartbreak before that as Boston lost 1-3 at Gateshead's place.
With the first game of the season soon underway, it's time to look at the results from the Boston United friendly games in pre-season: Boston United played five friendlies, won 1, drew 1 and lost 3. If you are really into statistics you might appreciate knowing that Boston scored 9 goals and conceded 8 in these five games.
Stratford Town form and statsThe traveling awayteam has defeated Long Eaton United FC, Carlton Town and Nuneaton Town in order to reach 4th round qualifying of FA Cup. Stratford's mission in FA Cup last season failed in the 2nd round qualifying.
When we have look at the FA Cup statistics, we find 3W-0D-0L. This is both home and away. It's a growing despair in Stratford Town as they have recorded three consecutive losses.
Stratford play their second straight away game, having lost the previous one 1-7 to Biggleswade Town. Stratford lost the plot completely in their previous game, as mentioned above. They need to recover quickly from that 1-7 beating and focus on this one.A 2-5 loss hosting Peterborough Sports before that.
A quick return to home after this game, as Stratford are hosting Nuneaton Town in the Non League Premier: Southern Central only three days away.
It's a day of discovery for Stratford Town as they finally learn what impact all the hours of pre-season training, along with the changes in personnel, have had on their performance in an official game. It's never easy knowing what to expect based on friendly games, of which Stratford Town have played two with the results W0-D0-L2 (win-draw-lost). In these games Stratford Town has scored 0 goals and conceded 3 times.
Head 2 Head
Boston United missing players
Stratford Town missing players
|Boston United||Stratford Town|
|96%||93%||Over 0.5||O 0.5||100%||100%|
|84%||87%||Over 1.5||O 1.5||100%||88%|
|56%||60%||Over 2.5||O 2.5||91%||80%|
|36%||40%||Over 3.5||O 3.5||73%||48%|
|16%||20%||Over 4.5||O 4.5||36%||24%|
|32%||33%||Clean Sheets||C S||9%||16%|
|20%||20%||Failed to Score||F T||9%||16%|
|6.8||6.9||Corners for (avg)||C F||3.8||3.7|
|3.4||3.7||Corners against (avg)||C A||4.7||4.2|
|1.4||1.5||Yellow cards (avg)||Y C||1.3||1.2|
|2||1||Red cards||R C||0||1|
|13.7||13.8||Shots (avg)||S (||7.2||8|
|5.9||6.3||Shots on Target (avg)||S O||3.8||3.6|
|27%||26%||Goal Efficiency||G E||53%||48%|