We all love goals. Goals are the lynchpin of any entertaining game. Non-League is renowned for its goals and entertainment, so with that in mind, I have an 5.86 odds over 2.5 goal acca from the seventh tier.
The first of the three games from the Isthmian Premier Division in this acca as Dulwich Hamlet host Folkestone Invicta at Champion Hill
The two sides are separated by just three points, with the hosts in 16th and the visitors in 12th, having played a game more. The Hamlet will be disappointed with their start to the season after relegation from the National League South last campaign.
The appointment of Hakan Hayrettin in March inspired an upturn in form, but Dulwich ultimately came up short, finishing level on points with Dover and Weymouth but heartbreakingly being relegated by a two-goal difference. With 61 goals scored and 89 conceded, their games were entertaining, averaging 3.26 goals per game.
The excitement has continued this season. Hayrettin’s side have scored 25 goals and conceded 28 in their 14 games, for an average of 3.78 goals per game. Fans at Champion Hill have certainly gotten their money’s worth, with home games averaging 4.33 goals per game. 5/6 home games for Dulwich Hamlet have seen over 2.5 goals.
Folkstone Invicta games have also provided entertainment. The Seasiders have scored 24 goals and conceded 24, with their games averaging 3.2 goals per game. This season has started in a similar vein as last, with Folkstone ending last season in 12th and their games averaging 3 goals a game.
Away from home is where Roland Edge’s and Michael Everitt’s side have entertained, scoring 14 and conceding 16 for an average of 3.75 goals per game. 7/8 of their away games have seen over 2.5 goals land—the second-highest total in the league.
Next up is a clash between 2nd-place Enfield Town and 5th-place Hastings United.
Both sides currently sit in the playoff spaces and may have to settle for that, as Hornchurch are at the top of the league having won 12 of their 14 games, drawing the other two, and are currently on a ten-game winning streak in the league.
After a late season wobble last season, failing to win any of their last six games, the Towners will look to ensure consistency this time Enfield Town have scored 29 goals and conceded 20 in 14 games, with their games averaging 3.9 goals per game. 5/6 of their home games have seen over 2.5 goals, the exception being a 2-0 victory over Cray back in August.
Hastings finished one place and two points ahead of Enfield Town last season, finishing three points off the playoffs. This season, the U’s are four points off their hosts after three wins on the bounce. With 22 goals scored and 20 conceded, Hastings games average three goals a game. Seven of their last eight games in all competitions have seen over 2.5 goals, with this bet landing in 5/7 of Hastings away games.
The final game from the Isthmian Premier Division comes from the London borough of Barnet as Wingate & Finchley host Margate at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.
The sides are currently separated by one point and one place, with Wingate & Finchley 8th with 22 points and their visitors 9th with 21 points.
The Blues have certainly entertained this season, scoring 26 goals and conceding 30, for an average of four goals per game. With 15 scored and 21 conceded at home in eight ties, games at the Maurice Rebak Stadium have certainly provided entertainment. 7/8 of Ahmet Rifat’s sides home games have seen over 2.5 goals, with the exception of a 2-0 home victory over Horsham. Six of the last seven league games have seen this bet land, with over 3.5 goals landing in five of these.
Saturday’s visitors, Margate, aren’t shy of a few goals themselves, with The Gate’s away games averaging just shy of four goals per game. Reede Prestedge’s side have been poor on their travels, conceding at least two goals in 4/5 away games. Over 2.5 goals has also landed in 4/5 away games.
With Margates troubles on the road, coupled with Wingate and Finchley scoring 1.875 per home game, goals look to be on the agenda in London. An added caveat to this bet is that Margate have scored in 12/13 of their games, conceding in 11. Wingate and Finchley have scored in 12/14 and conceded in 12/14.
Next up, we dip into the Southern League South. 18th-place Harrow Borough host 6th-place Merthyr Town at Earlsmead Stadium.
Last season, Harrow games saw an average of 2.95 goals per game, conceding a mammoth 80 goals in 42 games. This season, under the stewardship of Jordan Berry, the Boro's games are averaging 3.88 goals. With 42 goals conceded, only Swinon Supermarine (44) have conceded more goals than Berry’s side. With 14 goals scored and 22 conceded in eight home games, games at Earlsmead Stadium have averaged 4.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals has landed in 8/8 home games and 16/17 overall—the joint highest total in the league.
Merthyr Town actually have the second-best away record in the league, recording 16 points in seven away games, scoring 18 and conceding just five, with their away games averaging 3.28 goals. After finishing 9th last campaign, Paul Michael will be hoping to reach the playoffs, and his side currently sits outside them on goal difference. Last season, the Martyrs scored 73 goals and conceded 64, with their games averaging 3.26 goals. This campaign, over 2.5 goals have landed in 5/7 away games and 12/15 games total. Both games last season saw over 2.5 goals land.
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