COLCHESTER United visit Swindon Town this afternoon, looking to maintain their excellent away form.

From team news to line-ups, key men and the referee, all you need to know can be found below ahead of the game at the County Ground (kick-off 3pm).

U's team news

Colchester welcome back experienced defender Luke Chambers for their trip to Swindon.

The former Ipswich Town centre-back missed the U's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crawley Town last weekend, after serving a one-match ban.

"Luke is a big member of the side," said U's assistant manager Alex Dyer.

"He talks a lot, he's a good pro and he's played so many games so we know what he's about.

"I'll speak to the gaffer later on and we'll come to a decision about who's going to start the game."

Colchester will be without defender Miles Welch-Hayes again due to a hamstring injury.

But the U's otherwise have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the game against Robins.

"Miles isn't ready yet," added Dyer.

"He's had a little bit of a setback, so he's going to be out for a little bit longer."

Predicted line-ups

Swindon (4-2-3-1): Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Crichlow, Iandolo, Reed, Williams, Hayden, Payne, Gilbert, Simpson

Colchester (4-2-3-1): George, Chambers, Eastman, Smith, Daniels, Skuse, Wiredu, Sears, Judge, Jasper, Nouble


The assistant manager

Colchester United assistant manager Alex Dyer (pictured above), who will be at the helm today in the absence of Hayden Mullins.

"There's enough experience in the team - we'll get there and we've just got to keep doing the right things in training and transfer that on a matchday."

Last meeting

Colchester last played Swindon in January, 2020.

The U's won that League Two encounter 3-1 at the JobServe Community Stadium, thanks to a second-half brace from Theo Robinson against his former club and a goal from fellow ex-Robins striker, Luke Norris.

Diallang Jaiyesimi had given Swindon a first-half lead.

Opposition manager

Swindon head coach Ben Garner

Garner told the Swindon website: "They've got really good away form and they are unbeaten away with two wins and two draws.

"They seem to have done better points wise away from home, not necessarily performance wise, but they are a good team.

"There is a lot of experience in the team.

"If you look at the players within the squad, some of them have played Championship and above and have been successful doing so.

"There is a lot of know-how in their squad but they've got a lot of talented young players in there as well, so they have a nice mix.

"As I said, their away form has been good and we know that we need to play well tomorrow in order to win the game."

Midfielder Anthony Grant is back after international duty, while Rob Hunt, Harry McKirdy and Ricky Aguiar could also return after missing the Robins' draw with Northampton Town, last weekend.

Garner said: "There’s no-one I would say was unavailable, it’s a case of judging fitness levels and picking a team that is right for the game.

“A lot of work has gone in the last few weeks to get these players where they need to be.”


Colchester are 12/5 to win at Swindon today. A home win is seen at 21/20 with a draw viewed as 5/2 by Paddy Power.


The referee today is Andrew Kitchen.

He has presided over five games so far this season - four of them in League Two - showing 16 yellow cards and one red in that time.

League Two fixtures

Crawley Town v Bradford City, Forest Green Rovers v Tranmere Rovers, Harrogate Town v Stevenage, Hartlepool United v Exeter City, Leyton Orient v Mansfield Town, Rochdale v Oldham Athletic, Salford City v Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United v Port Vale, Sutton United v Carlisle United, Swindon Town v Colchester United, Walsall v Bristol Rovers.