FORMER Eastbourne rider Simon Gustafsson doesn’t think the Robins need to worry too much about the challenge of the Eagles, given their awful away record.
The men from Arlington are without a win on the road for more than two years, but must pick up at least eight points from their remaining five away meetings if they are to topple the Robins, with both sides currently equal on points difference.
Eastbourne’s task could be made even harder depending on what the Robins do at Belle Vue tomorrow night, but Gustafsson believes his former team’s problems are a mental issue which they are unlikely to topple.
“I don’t think we have to worry too much but the best thing will be to go up to Belle Vue and win, then it’s done,” he said.
“All the riders we had at Eastbourne last year, me Joonas (Kylmakorpi) Cam (Woodward) and Bjarne (Pedersen) are all good round bigger tracks as well so I think it’s got in our heads.
“It’s a strange one for them but they just have to keep going.”
Eastbourne’s task has been made harder by the broken leg suffered by Cam Woodward riding in Poland on Sunday, which saddened Gustafsson.
“He’s in good spirits I think but it’s a real shame for him to end the season like that, but hopefully he will be alright for next year,” he said.