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Preview: Plymouth Argyle (H)

3 January 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Plymouth Argyle (H)

3 January 2020

The Iron make another quick return to action, with Plymouth Argyle the visitors to the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).


Scunthorpe come into the match after bouncing back from two straight league defeats to take maximum points at Oldham Athletic on New Year's Day. Goals from Abo Eisa and Matthew Lund coupled with a clean sheet at the other end got United back up to 12th in the table.

Plymouth will be looking to bounce back from their New Year's Day defeat at home to Swindon Town, where Eoin Doyle netted the winner in what was his 23rd league goal of the campaign. Prior to that, they'd enjoyed three straight wins in the league.


Manager Paul Hurst had a surprise return in Kgosi Ntlhe on Wednesday as his hamstring injury wasn't as serious as first feared, with his return cut from six weeks to just one.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Jake Eastwood also came back into the starting eleven at Oldham following two games out with a groin injury, with both coming through the fixture at Boundary Park.

Abo Eisa (dead leg) and John McAtee were both highlighted as potential knocks following the game at Oldham, but after assessment, both are available for the weekend.

Kevin van Veen missed out on New Year's Day through the illness which curtailed his appearance at Crewe last Sunday, but the Dutchman has been back in the building towards the latter part of the week with the manager leaving it late to see whether he can be involved in the squad.

Jordan Clarke has been back in training following a quad injury, but manager Paul Hurst says it would be "a big ask" to be in contention for this game.

Elsewhere, Yann Songo'o (knee) continues a spell of six weeks out with an injury sustained away at Grimsby Town.

Regan Slater (ankle) also continues to be out for around two further months following an operation.


The Iron have won five of their last eight meetings with the Pilgrims, dating back to the era when both clubs were in the Championship.

The two clubs most recent clash came at Home Park back in October when the points were shared in a 2-2 draw. The Iron lead through Alex Gilliead before two Will Aimson goals put the hosts in pole position before Abo Eisa netted with his first touch of the ball in stoppage time to rescue a point.


2019-20 - Sat Oct 5

LG 2 Plymouth 2-2 Iron Gilliead, Eisa
2018-19 - Sat May 4 LG 1 Plymouth 3-2 Iron Wootton, Morris
2018-19 - Sat Oct 27 LG 1 Iron 1-4 Plymouth Novak
2017-18 - Tue May 1 LG 1 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Adelakun, Toney 
2017-18 - Sat Aug 26 LG 1 Plymouth 0-4 Iron Madden 2, Hopper, Morris
2013-14 - Sat Mar 15 LG 2 Plymouth 0-2 Iron Syers, Cole og
2013-14 - Sat Sep 21 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Plymouth Esajas
2009-10 - Sat Mar 20 CHAMP Iron 2-1 Plymouth Thompson, Woolford
2009-10 - Sat Oct 3 CHAMP Plymouth 2-1 Iron Hooper
2007-08 - Tue Mar 11 CHAMP Iron 1-0 Plymouth Morris
2007-08 - Sat Dec 1 CHAMP Plymouth 3-0 Iron  
2001-02 - Tue Jan 22 DIV 3 Plymouth 2-1 Iron Carruthers
2001-02 - Sat Dec 22 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Plymouth Hodges
2000-01 - Sat Mar 17 DIV 3 Iron 4-1 Plymouth Garcia, Torpey, Quailey 2
2000-01 - Tue Oct 17 DIV 3 Plymouth 1-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Tue Mar 30 DIV 3 Plymouth 5-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Sat Aug 29 DIV 3 Iron 0-2 Plymouth  
1995-96 - Sat Feb 10 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Plymouth McFarlane
1995-96 - Tue Jan 23 DIV 3 Plymouth 1-3 Iron Hope, Turnbull, McFarlane
1983-84 - Sat Apr 7 DIV 3 Iron 3-0 Plymouth Bell, Brolly, Cammack
1983-84 - Tue Sep 27 DIV 3 Plymouth 4-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Feb 6 DIV 3 Plymouth 3-0 Iron  
1972-73 - Tue Oct 10 DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Plymouth Kirk
1963-64 - Sat Feb 29 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Hodgson
1963-64 - Sat Nov 16 DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Plymouth Neale
1962-63 - Sat Feb 23 DIV 2 Plymouth 2-3 Iron McGuigan, Howells, Brownsword pen
1962-63 - Sat Oct 6 DIV 2 Iron 2-2 Plymouth Godfrey, Hodgson
1961-62 - Sat Mar 31 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Kaye
1961-62 - Sat Nov 11 DIV 2 Iron 5-1 Plymouth Thomas 4, Thorpe
1960-61 - Sat Apr 22 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Thomas, Bonson
1960-61 - Sat Dec 3 DIV 2 Plymouth 3-1 Iron Sharpe
1959-60 - Thu Sep 3 DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Plymouth Sharpe, Haigh
1959-60 - Mon Aug 24 DIV 2 Plymouth 4-0 Iron  
League 15 4 14
Total 15 4 14


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