National League Preview Tuesday 8th August 2017
Barrow v Halifax
Both of these opened up their respective campaigns with defeats on Saturday and they will be aiming to get their first points on the board here.
The Cumbrian outfit were narrowly edged out by one of the title favourites Dagenham and are still suffering without the injured Byron Harrison who remains on the sidelines for this fixture. Away fixtures don’t get much tougher than a trip to the Victoria Stadium to face John Still’s side.
Paul Cox’s men are priced @ evens to get off the mark for the season in front of their own fans as they take on newly promoted Halifax.
It was a disappointing return to this level for Halifax Town who lost 2-0 at the Shay against Gary Waddock’s Aldershot Town. The visitors will be one of the major players in the league this season but they outclassed Billy Heath’s men across the 90 minutes.
Bet365 have the best price available @27/10 for an away victory here.
Halifax will be hoping to score their first goal of the season on Tuesday night and will be buoyed by the fact that Barrow failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 6 home matches towards the end of last season.
Once again, Bet365 have the best price on Both Teams to Score @ 4/5. In March 2016, Halifax were thumped 4-1 here and they will be aiming for revenge here.
Aldershot v Torquay
Gary Waddock’s side are aiming to bounce back from play-off disappointment at the end of last season and they showed no sign of a hangover with a convincing 2-0 victory In West Yorkshire on Saturday. They made the long trip back from Halifax in jubilant mood and this looked a very winnable tie for the Shots.
They are always going to be favoured as the home side and the best price available is 3/4 with Sky Bet.
Until the play-off loss to Tranmere, they didn’t lose at home in 2017 with a 1-0 defeat against Eastleigh at the end of November being the last time they suffered defeat on their own patch during the regular campaign.
Torquay weren’t particularly fancied to pull up any trees this season but a goalless draw with Tranmere on the opening weekend has given Gull’s fans cause for optimism.
The Devon side are available at a huge 15/4 with Bet365 to cause an upset here.
They frustrated Aldershot last season during their visit to the Electrical Services Stadium taking a point back to the South West. The draw is available at 14/5 with Bet365 whilst a repeat of that scoreline is entirely possible. The best price for the match to end 1-1 is 13/2 with 888Sport.
Boreham Wood v Dagenham
Boreham Wood overcame a tricky assignment on the opening weekend as they picked up a 2-2 draw with National League newcomers AFC Fylde. The big spending outfit went in front early doors but were pegged back by Ian Allison’s men.
The Woods have always been a side who dig in and fight for every ball and that spirit clearly remains in-tact.
Their home form was a bit of a concern to the back end of last season with their fans witnessing three consecutive defeats and they’ll be keen not to continue that sequence. They are priced @ 17/10 with Boylesports to put the smiles back on the faces of the home crowd.
John Still’s Dagenham got off to a blistering start finding themselves 2-0 up against Barrow before the Cumbrian side rallied to make it a nervous finish for the Daggers.
They may have missed out on promotion but their away form was decent winning three of their last four games on the road and they can be backed @6/4 with Betfair to make it six points from a possible six.
The goals could flow here with both sides playing attacking football and it looks set to be an open contest. 6/5 is the price available on Over 2.5 goals with 888Sport whilst Both Teams to Score is 5/6 with Sky Bet.
Both of those would have landed last season when Dagenham made the short journey back East with all three points.
Chester v AFC Fylde
Chester open up their National League campaign as they host new boys AFC Fylde. Despite the decision to call off their match at Solihull Moors angering some fans, assistant manager Tom Shaw has declared that the side can benefit from the extra few days rest ahead of this tough looking clash.
They ended the season in poor form losing six consecutive matches and conceded 15 goals in the process but this is a brand new season and they’ll be looking to move forward. Striker Ross Hannah should be back for this clash after suffering an injury in pre-season.
They have been priced @7/5 with Betfair to get their season off to a winning start on Tuesday night.
AFC Fylde picked up a 2-2 draw at home to Boreham Wood on Saturday with Dave Challinor’s side squandering plenty of chances along the way. They caused problems for their opposition and displaying some of the skill and flair which saw them score goals for fun last season. 17/10 is offered by 888Sport for them to pick up all three points here.
A second consecutive draw can be backed @ 12/5 with Sky Bet
The talented Danny Rowe didn’t manage to get off the mark at the weekend but he missed a glorious chance and he’s priced @7/5 with Bet365 to score during the 90 minutes here. He’s signed a new contract with the club despite interest from Football League clubs.
Dover v Bromley
Dover got their season off to the best possible start at the weekend with a 1-0 win at relegated Hartlepool. Despite losing top scorer Ricky Miller to Peterborough this summer, the Kent side took all three points back from one of their longest away trips of the season.
Very few sides will visit Victoria Park and leave with all three points this season and Chris Kinnear’s side impressed on their travels. They are priced @4/5 with Boylesports for a second successive victory in the National League.
Having only been beaten once at home in 2017 Dover will be tough to break down and Bromley have their work cut out. The visitors held Eastleigh to stalemate on Saturday as neither side managed to make the breakthrough. Bromley can be backed at 11/4 with Paddy Power.
They only won twice in their last 10 games at the end of the season and they will aim to frustrate the hosts keeping the score down in the process. Under 2.5 Goals can be backed @ evens with Sky Bet.
This would have landed last season when Dover squeezed past their opponents by a single goal and another 1-0 victory here can be backed at 15/2 with Boylesports.
Eastleigh v Sutton United
Eastleigh recruited well over the summer but Richard Hill’s side were left frustrated as they drew a blank away at Bromley. On a positive note, they did keep a clean sheet and with back to back home matches to come they can start to build up some momentum.
They can be reasonably content with a point at this early stage of the campaign and they’ll be aiming to remain unbeaten here.
11/10 is the best price available for an Eastleigh win and is available with 888Sport.
Sutton United continued their fantastic run of form at Gander Green Lane with a 2-0 success over relegated side Leyton Orient. The TV cameras arrived to witness Paul Doswell’s side put in a very professional performance and keep a clean sheet. They are 21/10 with Betfred to chalk up back to back successes.
888Sport offer the best price for a draw between these two sides which is available at 5/2.
Matches between these two sides tend to result in both sides finding the net and it’s landed in four of the last five meetings between the teams. 888Sport have Both Teams to Score priced up at 13/15.
Ebbsfleet v Maidstone
Newly promoted Ebbsfleet got some points on the board in their first National League game of the season. They made the long journey back from Guiseley with something to show for it and they can enter this match in a positive frame of mind.
They dominated throughout the contest and probably should have taken all three points back from Yorkshire. Daryl McMahon’s side did fall behind early on but had the majority of the play and are priced at 4/5 with Betfred for success here.
Maidstone also picked up a point to get them off and running for the season at home to Maidenhead. Once again, they will feel as though they should have taken all three points as they were pegged back by an 88th minute equaliser.
Another draw between these two sides is available at 13/5 with Paddy Power.
Joe Pigott scores plenty of goals at this level and is clearly a handful to any opposition defence Bet365 are offering 11/5 for the former Charlton and Southend man to score during the 90 minutes and make it two in two.
Defences could be under pressure here with Both Teams to Score available at 8/11 with Betfair.
Gateshead v Guiseley
It was a very disappointing start to the campaign for the Heed as they went down by two goals to one at Woking. It was a long trip back on Saturday night and they’ll be keen to forget about that disappointment. Sloppy defending was to blame and if they can tighten up at the back, they could be in for a good season.
The North East outfit are usually strong on home turf but ended last season with three consecutive home defeats and they will need to bounce back here. 888Sport have the best price available on the hosts @3/5.
Guiseley were amongst a clutch of clubs tipped for relegation this season after their great escape on the final day. They are as big as 5/1 with Betfred to clinch success here.
They frustrated a huge number of teams on their travels last season and are 3/1 with Bet365 to leave with at least a point. They aren’t easy to play against as Gateshead found out last season when the sides drew 1-1 here. The same scoreline can be backed @13/2 with Betfred.
Danny Johnson is prolific at this level and scored at the weekend, he can be backed @6/5 to score again on Tuesday evening.
Leyton Orient v Solihull Moors
It was always going to be tough for Leyton Orient on the opening weekend of the season as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sutton. Few teams left with anything to show for it last season so O’s fans shouldn’t be too disheartened with the result.
Steve Davis’ men are still a relatively new unit and they will need time to get used to one another’s style of play. They are priced at 4/7 with Betfair to win their home match of the season.
We haven’t seen anything of Solihull Moors this season after their match with Chester was called off at the weekend. They are as big as 9/2 with Bet365 to inflict back to back defeats on the relegated side.
They were beaten a few times on the road last season including the infamous 9-0 loss at the hands of Tranmere but bounced back with a 3-1 success at Macclesfield. Inconsistency was their problem last year.
Leyton Orient failed to hit the target at the weekend as they wrestled with the 3G pitch but they have plenty of goalscorers in their side and are 8/11 with Bet365 to score two or more goals in this game.
Macclesfield v Hartlepool
There was plenty of talk about Wrexham’s chances of having a decent campaign but they fell at the hands of Macclesfield at the weekend. The Silkmen were excellent in a tough looking fixture and continued their fine away form. They haven’t been as effective at the Moss Rose lately having won just one of their last five matches in front of their own fans.
John Askey’s men can take plenty of confidence from that victory and are priced @6/5 with Boylesports to start the campaign with back to back victories.
Hartlepool have a new manager in the shape of Craig Harrison but he wasn’t able to guide his side to an opening day success as they were defeated at home by Dover. It was a disappointing result and not one to help get the beleaguered fans back on side. They are 21/10 with Sky Bet to clinch their first victory of the season here.
Macclesfield find winning at home difficult and those who wish to back the draw can find the best price of 12/5 available with Bet365.
Macclesfield kept two clean sheets in their last three matches towards the end of last season and Both Teams to Score? No is available @ evens with Paddy Power.
Maidenhead v Wrexham
Maidenhead opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw at Maidstone rescuing a point late on. It wasn’t a bad result for the newcomers who face a tough first home fixture against Wrexham.
They can be backed @5/4 with Betfair for success here as they aim to extend their unbeaten run and get some points on the board early doors.
Wrexham’s season couldn’t have got off to a more disappointing start as they went down by a single at the hands of Macclesfield. They have vowed to bounce back and they are 21/10 with Boylesports for an away win.
A draw between these two is priced at 9/4 with 888Sport.
Maidenhead’s defence found the Maidstone frontline quite difficult to deal with at times and Both Teams to Score here can be found at 5/6 with Betfair.
Tranmere v Woking
Tranmere were many people’s tip for the title this season after narrowly missing out on promotion at the end of last season but they didn’t get off to the perfect start as they failed to find the net on the opening weekend.
They are back at Prenton Park and will looking to grab their first victory of the campaign. They are as short as 4/11 with Bet365 to win this.
They were rampant at home last season so for more value, they can backed @21/10 on the -1 handicap. They will need to win by two clear goals but they have strengthened their striking department this summer and there’s no reason why they can’t kick on here.
Woking are 15/2 to spring a surprise here on Tuesday night and the Cards have plenty of confidence after opening up with a victory on Saturday. Their away form is uninspiring however and it may be a long evening for travelling Woking fans.
Mickey Mellon’s men will be hungry for goals and Over 2.5 in the match is available @7/10 with 888Sport which is the best price available.