COLCHESTER United host Exeter City this evening, as they return to get back to winning ways in League Two.

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 JobServe Community Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

U's team news

Colchester could be without several first-team regulars tonight.

Brendan Wiredu (knee), Tom Eastman (ankle) and Shamal George (ribs, pictured below) are all doubts for the game against Exeter.

Ryan Clampin and Gene Kennedy (both knee) are definitely out but Alan Judge could return after recovering from a calf injury.


Predicted line-ups

Colchester: Turner, Tchamadeu, Chambers, Smith, Daniels, Skuse, Chilvers, Jasper, Dobra, Nouble, Sears

Exeter: Dawson, Key, Sweeney, Hartridge, Grounds, Collins, Dieng, Brown, Jay, Coley, Nombe

Colchester boss Hayden Mullins (pictured below):

“Games come thick and fast at the moment.

“We have games on Tuesday and Friday and we have another game after that, so there’s plenty of games to get over this one.

“Having the cup games are great.

“The only thing is that it puts more fixtures in there and it really tests your squad.

“We’ve got a good enough squad and we’ll rotate players when we need to and drop players out when they need a rest as well.

“It’s good to have these different competitions and still be in them – that’s fantastic."

Last meeting

Colchester were beaten 2-1 by Exeter were the two teams last met, at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Loanee Aramide Oteh netted the U's consolation in the game last February, with goals from Robbie Willmott and Ben Seymour sealing the Grecians' win.


Familiar face

Jevani Brown (pictured above) joined Exeter City in the summer, after being released by Colchester.

He has made 19 appearances for the Grecians so far, this season, scoring once.

Opposition view

Exeter boss Matt Taylor on his side's 20-match unbeaten run, in all competitions after 2-1 win over Carlisle last weekend:

“We spoke about it a few weeks ago when we broke the record, but to now get to 20 games is an incredible achievement for that group of players,” Taylor said.

“We have also won five games on the bounce, which is almost as good in what is such a competitive league – and you have seen the reasons why it is so difficult here today.

“We weren’t flat, but we weren’t at our best and we struggled to break the opposition down.

“We didn’t quite create enough and their goalkeeper or centre-halves weren’t under pressure for a certain period and I thought the sending-off had a big influence on the game in terms of the way they set up second half.

“We had to be patient to win the game and work the ball and I’m pleased that we were able to make an impact off the bench to win us the game.”



Colchester are 14/5 to win tonight and end Exeter's long unbeaten run. The Grecians are evens for the three points, while the draw is 9/4.


Tom Nield is the man in the middle tonight. He has presided over 15 league and cup games so far, this season, showing 68 yellow cards and one red.

League Two fixtures tonight:

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