Despite the blustery weather, we hopefully have a full slate of Non-League football to get stuck into. Read my 8.10 odds acca below.
Barnet are flying in the National League. Dean Brennan’s side currently sits in second place, five points clear of third-place Solihull Moors and three points off leaders Chesterfield. They host a Maidenhead side, who are languishing in the relegation zone and currently sit 22nd.
With 32 goals scored, the Bees are the third-top scorers in the league, with only Chesterfield (36) and Gateshead (34) having scored more league goals than them so far. Their home form has been impeccable, with six wins and one draw after seven games and a goal difference of nine. Barnet have won their last four in the league and will be hoping to continue this momentum on Saturday against Maidenhead.
The Bees have also shown their fighting spirit, coming from 2-0 down to beat Dorking 3-2, 1-0 down early to beat AFC Fylde 2-1, and coming from 1-0 down to beat York 4-2.
Alan Devonshire’s side have struggled thus far in the league, winning only twice all season, and they are currently without a win from their last 11. The semi-pro-outfit have been poor on the road, picking up just five points from seven games, conceding 13 goals in the process.
This is a familiar theme for the Magpies, who only picked up 18 points on their travels last season, conceding 40 goals.
All six of Barnet’s home wins have seen them score over one goal. Barnet have won their last five home games against Maidenhead, and I expect that to continue on Saturday.
Selection: Barnet win and over 1 goal - 1.66
Chesterfield are flying at the top of the league with 38 points from 15 games. Like Barnet, the Spireites have won six and drawn one of their seven games at home, with a last-minute James Norwood equaliser for Oldham ruining the perfect record. In front of their own fans, Chesterfield have scored 19 goals, entertaining the home faithful.
In the league, Paul Cook’s side have only lost once, with two late Dior Angus goals giving Altrincham the victory back in August. They’ve won 12 games, drawn two, and lost one, putting them on 38 points from 15 games, three points clear of Barnet.
Gateshead have also started the season nicely and are currently in 6th place. The Tynesiders have lost two of their last three league games (0-2 to Altrincham and 3-1 to Bromley). They were dealt a huge blow when it was announced manager Mike Williamson and assistant manager Ian Watson had taken on the MK Dons role.
Travelling to the best side in the league will be a tough ask for interim manager Louis Storey. Chesterfield did the double over their visitors last season and will be looking for another win to continue their momentum as they push towards the title.
Selection: Chesterfield win - 1.66
Slough have had a poor start to the season and currently sit in 21st, one point away from safety. However, Scott Davies side are unbeaten in nine in all competitions and are fresh off beating National League side Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup, setting up a tasty tie with League 2 Grimsby.
With 16 goals and 20 conceded in 11 games, the Rebels are seeing an average of 3.27 goals per game. Over 2.5 goals has landed in 9/11 (82%) games for them this season—a league-high.
Chelmsford have had a contrasting start to the season to their hosts and currently sit in 8th, hoping to qualify for the playoffs once more. After suffering a shock FA Cup exit to Whitby, Robbie Simpson will want to ensure his side resort to their league form after beating Weston Super-Mare away 3-0 in their last league outing.
Away from home, the Clarets have looked strong, gaining 10 points from five games, scoring ten goals, and conceding just four, with their games averaging just shy of three goals. Over 2.5 goals has landed in 4/5 (80%) of away games for Chelmsford. This is the second-most in the league, behind Slough.
Selection: Over 2.5 goals - 1.75
The final selection comes from the South Coast, as Whitehawk hosts Dulwich Hamlet at the enclosed ground.
Whitehawk currently sits in 5th place in the Isthmian Premier Division with 16 points from nine league games. In front of their own fans, the Hawks have scored nine goals and conceded six, with these games averaging three goals. Shaun Saunders side are unbeaten in the league since their opening day defeat at Margate.
Dulwich were relegated from the National League South last season after having the worst defensive record in the league, conceding 89 goals. Their games averaged 3.2 goals per game. Hakan Hayrettin’s team currently occupies 17th place, just one point clear of Potters Bar in 19th.
With 22 goals conceded, Hamlet have the second-worst defensive record in the league. However, they also boast the second-best attack outside the top three with 18 goals. Their games have averaged four goals, with over 2.5 goals landing 9/10 times.
Selection: Over 2.5 goals - 1.66
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