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Preview: Plymouth Argyle

25 December 2021

Match Previews

Preview: Plymouth Argyle

25 December 2021

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There's Boxing Day action on Sunday at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium when Cheltenham Town host Plymouth Argyle (kick-off: 3pm).

It's going to be a bumper crowd for the visit of the Pilgrims as the Robins look to end 2021 on home soil on a high in the last home fixture of the calendar year.

Plymouth represent tough opposition as they aim for promotion to the Championship in what is the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

With the capacity less than 10,000 and less than 4,000 of standing capacity at the stadium, there's no requirement to carry out Covid certification to attend the game, though we are advising fans to take a lateral flow test before attending. If you're suffering from COVID-19 symptoms do not attend.

We are also asking fans to wear face masks in indoor areas, on public transport when travelling to the game and in busy areas.

Tickets for Sunday's fixture are on sale online. Buy before midnight on Saturday to save £2 on matchday prices.

Please read our information match guide for details about attending the game.

Team news

It's too soon for Will Boyle to be considered fit to play. Conor Thomas though could be involved in the squad once again after returning from injury.

Wolves loanee Taylor Perry (pictured) is definitely out, while Guyana international midfielder, Elliot Bonds, could be back in the squad after his recent successful loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers.

Media talk

Assistant manager Russell Milton spoke to the press ahead of Sunday's match and he was full of praise for the way Plymouth look to get the ball down and play.

"They are a really good side. We don't really pay attention to the a team's recent runs, we look at where they are in the League and they are doing well. Right from the start of the season they've been on a really good run," he said.

"Obviously Steve Schumacher has gone in and taken over from Ryan (Lowe) so I wouldn't expect much to change from them - they are a good football team. They like possession and like to move you about. It'll be a good test for us."

Watch Milton's pre-match press conference on iFollow where you can also see Alfie May discussing this weekend's game and his recent form.

Opposition

All season Plymouth have been in and around the promotion spots in League One. They suffered a dip in the final week of November when they lost three consecutive games against Charlton Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, though they beat Charlton 1-0 when the two sides met again last weekend.

They have an eye on returning to the Championship and have a squad boasting plenty of experience.

The likes of Gloucester born skipper Joe Edwards, talented attacker Danny Mayor, central defender Dan Scarr and former MK Dons man in midfield, Jordan Houghton, can all be relied upon to bring the League One experience that has no doubt helped them across the pitch this season.

Robins fans will be familiar with Ryan Broom with the Welshman on a season-long loan at Home Park from Peterborough United.

Scottish striker Ryan Hardie will be one to watch, while also in attack they include the threatening Kieran Agard and Wales under-21 international Luke Jephcott, who is a product of their youth academy.

The manager: Steve Schumacher

Only just appointed manager at the beginning of the month, Steve Schumacher has made the step up from assistant manager to lead Argyle following Ryan Lowe's move back north to become the boss at Championship side Preston North End.

The 37-year-old had also worked as number two to Lowe at Bury when they helped the Gigg Lane side get promoted from League Two, achieving the same with Plymouth when they made the trip down south.

Schumacher was a midfielder in his playing days who turned out for the likes of Bradford City, Crewe Alexandra, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage and Southport.

Tickets

Make sure you buy your tickets in advance online before midnight on Saturday to save £2 on matchday prices.

The Colin Farmer Stand has completely sold out for the game. There are very few seated tickets left in the Autovillage Stand. There's still plenty of standing terrace tickets for the Optmising IT Stand, Paddock and Tunnel.

Pre-paid tickets for the Autovillage Stand, Paddock, Tunnel and Prestbury Road End can be collected from the matchday collection point in the car park next to the bowling club. Tickets for the Colin Farmer Stand can be collected from the new ticket booth located just outside the Parklands turnstiles.

If choosing to buy on the day, the matchday sales point next to the bowling club is where you can buy tickets for the terrace. Very limited Autovillage Stand seated tickets are on sale from the ticket office.

Match programme

The match programme will be available to buy around the stadium and club shop at a price of £3.

Matty Blair is the big interview as he reflects on how the team's League One campaign has gone so far.

There are also features with Lewis Freestone, Michael Duff, chairman David Bloxham, Andy Williams and plenty more to read.

The programme is also available to purchase online.

Coverage

Social media: @CTFCofficial on Twitter is the best place to keep tabs on the game. You can also view team news and goal updates on the club's Facebook page and Instagram account.

Radio: Full match commentary is available to listen to on iFollow and on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Website: Visit the club website after the match to read the match report and to watch reaction from inside the camp on iFollow.

Highlights: Watch highlights on iFollow, Quest, Sky Sports and YouTube.


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