Macclesfield v Altrincham
5/10 Under 2.5 goals 1.91
Macclesfield snatch a last gasp goal at the weekend to defeat Welling who played the majority of the game with ten men. It was our largest stake of the season and we were lucky. No fault of our own because Macclesfield just did not play very well and were continually chasing the game as they went behind twice. Playing poorly and still winning is a sign of a good side but tonight they face a far sterner test verses Altrincham who continue to have a very admirable season.
Altrincham haven’t conceded more than one goal in their last seven games. Macclesfield really struggle to break teams down who defend throughout the team and I expect tonight to be a very close game and I would be surprised if it is even 0-0. Alty could only name a 16-man squad for last weekend’s 1-0 win over Aldershot so don’t expect many changes or rotation from the away side.
Alfreton v Forest Green
2/10 Both Teams to Score 1.70
This is a rearranged match that was originally postponed last month. Alfreton played their worst stuff two games ago at Woking and it appeared that may be curtains for them with relegation looming. At the weekend they put in a top performance to beat Southport 4-2 in what could have been seen as their most important game of the season thus far and a win here could see them out of the relegation zone. Morale at the club is high.The Reds will look towards Karl Hawley for goals who scored at the weekend and has eight for the campaign. On average Alfreton concede two goals a game and their last three games have also seen BTTS land. There are no new injury worries since the weekend.Forest Green themselves are enjoying their best run of the campaign too with just three defeats from 15 and Jon Parkin has been a goal machine. Big Parkin or the “beast” as his manager likes to call him picked up player of the month for January and deservedly so.Green are in a Play Off spot in 5th and the win against Grimsby at the weekend 2-1 sent out a big message to the division. FGR are favourites here and rightly so, but Alfreton may well go for it with nothing to lose as they have a bigger game at the weekend where they face relegation rivals Braintree. Seven of the last eight meetings between the sides has seen both teams score.
Southport v Eastleigh
2/10 Both Teams to Score 1.70
Eastleigh dropped points in a shock result at the weekend. 3-3 against rock bottom Telford. Southport suffered a defeat at the hands of a rejuvenated Alfreton and both side will be looking to bounce back here.
Southport had a shocking second half to throw away a lead to lowly Alfreton to lose 4-2 and Eastleigh should give them an even trickier game. Southport should be given plenty of opportunities to score, the Eastleigh keeper gifted a couple of the goals to Telford at the weekend and Southport will be hoping they get similar treatment. Eastleigh need to win here to make sure their playoff aims are on target.
Sunderland v QPR
2/10 Sunderland to win 1.95
QPR are in turmoil, I have to take this home result. Charlie Austin is their one big hope for goals and is out tonight’s match. Austin has scored 13 times this season and is vital to Rangers Premier League future. At the bottom if you can’t score goals you’re likely to go down and Sunderland now have a scorer in Jermaine Defoe.The signing appears to have lifted the club and performances are on the up. Connor Wickham who has also won his place this season has been out injured but is back tonight. QPR have lost their last four league games and the late goal against Southampton must have been a bitter blow to morale of players and fans. Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha have also suffered injuries in the last week which means they’ll miss many weeks of action.The magnitude of this game cannot be underestimated and with Sunderland being the far more settle club I can only see a home win this evening.
Halifax v Wrexham (FA Trophy)
Wrexham went through on penalties in a hard and tough game at Gateshead over the weekend. Halifax have gone under the radar of late in both league and cup and here in the FA Trophy they are one of the favourites for the cup.Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann will miss out for Wrexham with a slight thigh strain- this is a bit of a loss- I rate Bachmann as the best keeper in the division along with Stack of Barnet. I would wait till inplay as you really don’t know what sort of Wrexham side will show up. Get on the home win if they’re struggling.