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The National League South promotion race continues to heat up as Maidstone United host Ebbsfleet United in another top of the table clash.  Read on for your midweek preview of tonight’s key games and match odds courtesy of Betfred

By Steven Oldham

Maidstone United vs Ebbsfleet United 

Second place hosts third as both look to cut Dorking Wanderers six point lead at the top. 

With the league leaders not in action tonight, it’s a chance for both sides to put pressure on the division’s form team. 

Ebbsfleet fell to a bruising 4-0 defeat to Wanderers on Saturday, while Maidstone also failed to score but at least picked up a point at St Albans City. 

The Stones are unbeaten in nine, but have not won either of their past two games.  Ebbsfleet were unbeaten in five before Saturday’s heavy defeat. 

Maidstone won the reverse fixture 3-2 in November. 

Odds: Home 29/20, Draw 9/4, Away 6/4 

Braintree Town vs Welling United 

Braintree Town hold all the aces in the relegation battle, level on points with bottom placed Billericay Town but with three games in hand.

Last week’s 4-2 win at Hampton & Richmond Borough lifted them from a brief stay at the foot of the table - their first victory since November.

No team has picked up less points over the last ten games than Welling, and they have also shipped the most goals this season to date - with 50 in the against column in 22 games. 

Defeat in this game could drag them further into a relegation scrap after a disappointing season to date. A 1-0 win over Dulwich Hamlet started the year on a high, but Peter Taylor’s side have only picked up one point since. 

Match odds: Home 10/11, Draw 13/5, 11/5

Dartford vs Concord Rangers

Neither of these sides have a league win in 2022, and will be looking to change that in this game at Princes Park.

Steve King’s Dartford side have faded as the season has progressed and have dropped to fifth after leading the division in the early going. They are now 11 points adrift of the leaders and cannot climb the table tonight even with a win. 

They were twice pegged back by Hampton & Richmond Borough in a 2-2 draw on Saturday, while Concord were losing 4-1 at Dulwich Hamlet. 

Despite their dip in form, Dartford are still unbeaten at home this season.  Concord, however, won the reverse fixture 1-0 at the start of November.

Match odds: Home 4/11, Draw 16/5, Away 11/2 

 

 

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Chippenham Town vs St Albans City

These two sides have the same amount of points but St Albans have a massive five games in hand on their opponents.

The home side have been inconsistent in recent weeks, winning and losing alternately for the past six games. St Albans are unbeaten in three but with only one win in that time.

Match odds: Home 13/8, Draw 11/5, Away 11/8

Dulwich Hamlet vs Eastbourne Borough

Hamlet picked up a first win in five on Saturday, taking three points from their game against Concord.  Eastbourne were 2-1 losers at Bath City after previously winning four of the past five. 

Match odds: Home EVENS, Draw 5/2, Away 2/1

Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Bath City 

This game sees two teams separated by just one point in the table aiming to boost their unlikely chances of catching the playoff places. 

The hosts have lost six of their last eight games, although they picked up a good point at Dartford last time out.  Bath returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats and are yet to draw a game this season. 

Match odds: Home 5-6, Draw 5/2, Away 5/2 

Hemel Hempstead Town vs Hungerford Town 

The Tudors earned a first home win over Bath City earlier this month and will look to double that tally against Hungerford Town. 

Hungerford are just within the playoff places and beat Chelmsford City at the weekend to recover from back-to-back defeats.

Match odds: Home 19/20, Draw 12/5, Away 11/5

Slough Town vs Billericay Town 

Bottom club Billericay are unbeaten in five and come up against a Slough side with just one win in the same time period.

Slough have picked up five of their seven wins to date at Arbour Park and will look to avenge the 2-1 loss they suffered the last time the clubs met. 

Match odds: 17/20, Draw 12/5, Away 5/2 


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