Another busy weekend in the National League is coming, starting on Friday night at Blundell Park as relegated pair Grimsby Town and Southend United clash. 

Chesterfield climbed to the top of the table last Saturday after beating Weymouth, as previous leaders Boreham Wood were held at Altrincham. 

Read on for previews of some of the key games, with match odds courtesy of Betfred

Grimsby Town vs Southend United

This is an important match for both sides, who are meeting for the first time since losing their places in the Football League. The match is live on BT Sport 1. 

Grimsby have acclimatised much better to their new surroundings, but have gone off the boil in recent weeks, suffering three defeats in a row.  They’ve dropped from first to third in the table. 

This season is proving a struggle for Southend, who are only outside of the relegation places by one point. 

That said, they have picked up a win more recently than their opponents, having taken a 4-1 win over NLS-bound Dover Athletic earlier this month.

Paul Hurst’s Mariners side should be able to pick up a morale-boosting win, given they have the best home record in the league.  Southend’s away record is only better than winless Dover.

A 2-0 home win looks a good choice at 7/1.

Match odds: Grimsby Town 8/13, Draw 11/4, Southend United 19/5 

Solihull Moors vs Chesterfield 

League leaders Chesterfield make the short trip to Damson Park as they look to cement their lead at the top.

James Rowe’s side breezed past Weymouth 4-0 last week to reach the summit, with the league’s top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga netting a hat-trick.

Solihull were eventually beaten by Wigan Athletic in their midweek FA Cup replay after extra time.

The Spireites are unbeaten in six games, while Solihull’s own six game unbeaten streak came to an end at the hands of Notts County last Saturday.

Solihull won the corresponding fixture last season 2-1.

Chesterfield are averaging over two goals a game, and Betfred are offering 16/1 for a 3-1 away win. 

Match odds: Solihull Moors 2/1, Draw 12/5, Chesterfield 23/20 

Weymouth vs Altrincham 

Before last weekend’s whitewash at Chesterfield, Weymouth had picked up seven points from nine in their previous three games.

The Terras have picked up crucial points at sides around or below them in the league table, with victories over Aldershot Town and King’s Lynn Town the highlights.

Altrincham meanwhile, are without a win in five games. Phil Parkinson’s side also bowed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday after an injury time defeat to Step 2 Gateshead. 

A long trip down south and a last minute midweek defeat are far from ideal preparations for a side out of form. 

Neither side have a waterproof defence, so a narrow 2-1 home win might be tempting at 9/1.

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