Every week, the National League entertains avid Non-League watchers, with an abundance of goals throughout the league. This week we have a 28/1 BTTS and over 2.5 goals acca to whet your appetite.
Fylde are sitting rock bottom of the league with just four wins from 23 games and things will need to change fast in the second half of the season if they want to survive in their first season back in the National League. Despite such a poor record, they have still found goals, scoring six in their last three. The Coasters defence has proven to be leaky, conceding the second most amount of goals with 46, and it won’t come as a surprise if this game has plenty of goals.
Dagenham & Redbridge have been hit and miss for goals scored and conceded, but recent results such as 1-2 home losses to Rochdale and Solihull Moors and a 3-1 away win at Dorking has shown Ben Strevens side's aren't strangers to goals at both ends of the pitch. The Daggers have gained seven more points away from home than at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium, so will look to showcase their talents on their travels, against a Fylde side who are averaging less than a point a game at home.
An added caveat to the bet is that AFC Fylde home games are averaging 3.25 goals per game.
Earlier in the season, the Daggers ran out 3-1 victors.
Chesterfield are taking the league by storm, sitting a huge eight points clear with two games in hand of the team below them. The Spirerites are well on their way to League 2 after a painful loss in the playoff final last season on penalties. They are the league’s top scorers with 54 goals in just 22 games and are lethal on the attack.
At home, Chesterfield have won nine and drew one of their 10 games, so are rightfully heavy favourites for this match. However, due to Paul Cook's side regular attacking intent, they are often exposed defensively, keeping just two clean sheets at the SMH Group Stadium. BTTS and over 2.5 goals has landed in 7/10 of their home games.
They host an Aldershot side who have seen BTTS and over 2.5 goals in 7/11 league away games, as well as a staggering 7-4 victory away at League 2 Swindon. The Shots have scored 41 and conceded the same total, with their games averaging 3.5 goals per game. Tommy Widdrington's side play with no fear, with Lorent Tolaj, Jack Barnham and Josh Stokes providing a barnstorming front three.
Chesterfield have scored at least two goals in 9/10 home games and 3+ in 8/10, so will be expecting to contribute heavily to the scoring. However, with only two home league clean sheets to their name, they are in grave danger of conceding to an Aldershot side who have scored in 22 on the trot.
The reverse fixture in September saw Chesterfield run out 4-3 winners at the EBB Stadium.
Eastleigh are slowly putting a run together, winning three of their last four, moving up to 11th. This stretch of fixtures have seem some exciting results, most notably their 5-3 victory over Aldershot last time out, as well as fighting back from 3-0 against Chesterfield to nearly steal a 3-3 draw.
Richard Hill's side have seen BTTS and over 2.5 goals land in 7/11 home games, including in the last six games in all competitions. In fact, the Spitfires are on a nine game run of BTTS, scoring in 14 of their last 15 games. Eastleigh average two goals a game at home, with their home games seeing an average of 3.63 goals.
They host a Dorking side who are known for their chaotic style of play. The Wanderers away games average 3.1 goals per game. 7/8 of their last games have seen BTTS and over 2.5 goals, with the exception a 6-0 thumping at the hands of high-flying Gateshead. Marc White's side highlighted their attacking intentions in the opening day 4-3 defeat at Chesterfield and have continued in this vein, scoring 27 goals thus far.
Despite heading into the season as second favourites for the title, Oldham had a disappointing start to the season under David Unsworth, before calling on the experience Micky Mellon to revive a stuttering season.
Known for his tactical nous and pragmatism, Mellon has come out swinging since his appointment, with 6/8 of his games in charge seeing over 2.5 goals. The last three games have seen a 2-3 win, a 4-1 loss and a 1-4 win. The 4-1 loss came at home to an Ebbsfleet side without a win in 10, days after the Latics had beaten second place Barnet 4-1 away from home. This shows Oldham have quality, but Mellon needs to iron out the inconsistency's if they are to push up the table.
Gateshead currently sit in sixth place and show no signs of slowing down despite manager Mike Williamson departing to League 2 MK Dons. The Tynesiders are the second top scorers in the league with 47 goals. Their games average 3.45 goals.
The sides faced each other three times last season, with BTTS and over 2.5 goals landing in all three. The reverse fixture saw an entertaining 2-2 draw in September.
Barnet were absolutely flying in the National League, but have lost four of their last five, and haven’t won in league action since October. The Bees have 44 goals under their belt, scoring in 21 in 23. However, Dean Brennan's side have shown defensive fragility in recent weeks, failing to keep a clean sheet in the last five. Their games average 3.47 goals per game.
They host rivals Boreham Wood. Once known for their reselute defence, the Wood have struggled at the back thus far, conceding 33 in 23 games.
BTTS and over 2.5 goals has landed in 6/11 Barnet home games and 7/11 Boreham Wood aways. This bet landed in both games at the Hive between these two last season, with Barnet winning 2-1 at home, before losing by the same scoreline in the playoffs.
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