The Silkmen kick off the Mark Kennedy era with a visit to Colchester United’s JobServe Community Stadium in our latest Sky Bet League Two outing.
The U’s will be without defender Ryan Jackson for this afternoon’s fixture after his red card against Morecambe last weekend.
Last Time Out
The reverse fixture ended all square at the Moss Rose earlier this season, with Emmanuel Osadebe’s early strike cancelled out by Theo Robinson just before half time.
Our last visit to the JobServe Community Stadium ended in a narrow defeat as Mikael Mandron scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 defeat in December 2018.
Colchester have drawn their last four league matches and are without a league win since before Christmas.
A strong start to the season means that whilst recent results have seen them slide down the table, their league position of ninth demonstrates the quality available to manager John McGreal.
Macc, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of last weekend’s dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Oldham Athletic; and the team will be eager to go one better under our new coaching team today.
Ones to Watch
Luke Norris leads the Colchester scoring charts with seven in all competitions ahead of this afternoon’s game.
Southend loanee Theo Robinson has also been impressive this campaign, netting on seven occasions; including in the reverse fixture.
However, Frank Nouble has been their most influential player this season, with his five goals and four assists seeing him top the list of goal contributions for the U’s in 2019/20.
View from The Dugouts
Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of the game:
“I know John [McGreal] really well, he is a good friend of mine, and we lived together in Ipswich on the same road and it is a great club; I think Robbie has done a really good job as the chairman there.
“They have got good players and play a really good brand of football, invest heavily in what they want to do and have a great identity, so it should be a really enjoyable game of football.”
Meanwhile, opposition manager John McGreal had this to say:
"The crowds, home and away, have been excellent so far and we'll need them right with us in the next few months."
"We've got two matches here at the JobServe Community Stadium in the next few days, so I want to hear lots of noise again in both matches from the home fans."
For more on this afternoon's opponents, you can catch up with players who have represented both clubs by clicking here; or you can read our "Opposition View" feature here.
For those attending the game, check out our handy away day guide, Away Day Blues, here.