Check out our game preview as City kick off their League Two campaign against Colchester.

Kick-off: Saturday, September 12 (3pm)

Venue: Valley Parade

Possible line-ups


GK Richard O'Donnell, CH Anthony O'Connor, CH Paudie O'Connor, CH Reece Staunton, RWB Tyler French, CM Elliot Watt, CM Callum Cooke, LWB Connor Wood, AM Billy Clarke, F Kurtis Guthrie, F Lee Novak.

Substitutes: Mottley-Henry, Pritchard, Donaldson, Richards-Everton, Longridge, Scales, Hornby.

Team news: Levi Sutton is still suspended and teenager Connor Shanks is out with a knock from Tuesday. Zeli Ismail is back in contention after his sore throat.

Leading scorer: Lee Novak, Harry Pritchard, one.

League position: Ninth (2019-20)

Last four matches: Doncaster (a) D0-0, Bolton (a) W2-1, Salford (a) L0-2, Plymouth (h) W2-1.


GK Dean Gerken, RB Miquel Scarlett, CH Tom Eastman, CH Tommy Smith, LB Cohen Bramall, RM Noah Chilvers, CM Harry Pell, LM Ben Stevenson, RW Kwame Poku, CF Jevani Brown, LW Martel Taylor-Crossdale.

Substitutes: Harriott, Welch-Hayes, Sowunmi, Senior, Gambin, Hutchinson, George.

Team news: Martel Taylor-Crossdale could make his first start after coming off the bench at Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy.

League position: Sixth (2019-20)

Leading scorer: Jevani Brown, one

Last four matches: Portsmouth (a) L0-2, Reading (a) L1-3, Exeter (a) L1-3, Exeter (h) W1-0.

One to watch: Colchester boss Steve Ball has high hopes for striker Martel Taylor-Crossdale, who is on loan from Fulham.

Referee: Ross Joyce, from Middlesbrough, awarded City two penalties in his last Valley Parade game against Mansfield in December.

Odds: City 11/8, Colchester 5/2, draw 23/10.

Last time sides met: The teams drew 0-0 in a dour game at the JobServe Community Stadium eight months ago.