Macclesfield v Lincoln (Conf Prem)
5/10 Macclesfield 0 asian hcap 1.80
Macclesfield have massively overachieved so far this season and have reached second place at their peak. Some tipped the Macc for relegation and they continue to perform and prove the doubters wrong. Due to most expecting them to fall away, they continue to be priced up with plenty of value. At home they have to be backed- their record is superb. Nine wins, four draws and the single defeat. Six of their last seven home games have ended in victories. They have the fire power up front to trouble sides and Lincoln are going to have problems.
Lincoln have sprung into life in recent weeks after a passive start to their campaign which has seen them in and around mutable. . The home thrashing against Barnet was the high point in a run which has seen them win four of their last five games. However away from Sincil Bank, they don’t convince, the vast majority of their points have been earned at home. Just one win in 11 games away does not make good reading for the Imps.
Bath City v Altrincham (FA Trophy)
3/10 Altrincham to win 2.38
Altrincham have been one of my favourite teams this year. I love an underdog and they have over performed throughout, in their league campaign. There performances have been excellent. Always trying to play football the right way, and recently these performances have been converted into points. Here against Bath City, their strengths should really show. Altrincham continued their great run of form by beating Torquay United 2-1 last weekend in the league.
Bath are not pulling up trees in the league below, but their two best games this season have been in this competition by pulling off shocks in beating high flying Bristol Rovers and Whitehawk in previous rounds. Bath will have to play their absolute best once more, to get a result here and I am willing to take the above price on the fact that they won’t have enough to overcome the consistent Altrincham.
Braintree v Ebbsfleet (FA Trophy)
2/10 Ebbsfleet draw no bet 2.46
I may just continue to back Ebbsfleet until they all click. It will happen at some point and it may well be here against Braintree who are no world beaters. I may well be bitten again, but at this price I am willing to take the risk, last weekend I expected them to beat an average Sutton United side and they failed losing 2-1.
The likes of Danny Kedwell and Adam Cunnington are far too good for their current division and are much more suited to the Conference Premier or higher and they have the ability to beat any side in the top non-league divisions. Ebbsfleet are taking four coaches and hundreds of fans to this one, which should only make for a good atmosphere for the away side. Goalkeeper Brandon Hall and defender Anthony Acheampong return from suspension although defender Tom Bonner and forward Tyron Marsh are both cup tied.
Wrexham v Gateshead (FA Trophy)
2/10 Gateshead to win 2.90
Wrexham played on Tuesday night in a dismal 2-0 defeat away to Dover. We saw that one coming and I just cannot see massive improvements being made in time for the weekend. Gateshead had to go to extra time on Wednesday against Grimsby to be here, and will likely feel some of the affects later in the game perhaps.
Wrexham have many injuries as I discussed at the start of the week. After watching them against Dover on Tuesday, quite clearly they make many defensive mistakes and freely give goals to the opposition. I have to back Gateshead here who come in after a morale boosting extra time victory against Grimsby but I expect Wrexham to score. Despite being down to a thin squad they had two big chances to score against Dover and were unlucky not to take them.
Barnet v Southport (Conf Prem)
1/10 Barnet to win to nil 2.75
There is no value in the straight home win. Barnet have had some poor results lately. They have hit a sticky patch as most teams do and the likes of Bristol Rovers will be desperate to take advantage of that as they fight for automatic promotion. At home though they have to be backed and their worst displays have been on the road.
Southport have let me down a little just when I thought they were hitting some form, last weekend there draw with Chester was dire as both sides looked like they needed a month of Sundays to find the net. Southport will have to find some luck from somewhere to score this weekend.
Alfreton v Forest Green (Conf Prem)
0.5/10 Alfreton to win & BTTS 7.00
Forest Green are rightly favourites and have come into form in the past month. Settling down now to grab a Play Off spot as they push for promotion.
The reason I have taken this, is that I think at this price we have some value for Alfreton who are in the best form of their season and could easily grab a win here. I can’t see it happening while keep a clean sheet though.
Alfreton landed a big away win last weekend over Welling and that will give them plenty of confidence to continue their good run. Alfreton’s last five games have seen both teams scoring, and that has to be a banker.[mini_post_list thumb=”smaller” meta=”show” numberposts=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”DESC”]