Football Betting Tips – Saturday 8th August 2015
The wait is nearly over - the new football season is almost upon us! The action gets under way this weekend, starting on Saturday 8th August and I’m starting my betting with a couple of bets in the newly named National League. As always there’s not a lot to go on at the start of a new season, so my tips this weekend are mostly based on the strength of squads.
Southport V Eastleigh- Vanarama National League
No disrespect to Southport but if Eastleigh want to be in a title race this season, these are the games they need to be winning. Manager Richard Hill has what he calls ‘the best job in non-league football’ and he has added some more firepower to an attack that already includes James Constable, who scored 18 league goals last season. Signing Ross Lafayette along with former QPR winger Lee Cook, who made 40 appearances last season for Barnet as they won the division title. Southport fans must be fed up with the opening day fixtures they’ve been handed since returning to the National League: Wimbledon, Lincoln, Grimsby, Luton, Forest Green and now Eastleigh. The Sandgrounders beat relegation by six points last season and could find themselves in another relegation battle this time around. The likes of Richard Brodie and Gary Jones could be key in their hopes to beat the drop, however I feel a couple of injuries and suspensions could see them in real trouble.
Kidderminster V Grimsby - Vanarama National League
Having watched Grimsby lose on penalties at Wembley against Bristol Rovers its easy to see why their fans feel they should be playing league football this weekend. The Mariners have added some quality players to an already impressive squad, Omar Bogle, Padraig Amond and Andy Monkhouse have all signed-on for Paul Hurst’s side. Amond has netted nine times in pre-season following his summer switch from Morecambe. Kidderminster ended the season in 16th, their lowest place finish since being relegated from the Football League back in 2005. Financial problems saw them lose key players, with Nathan Blissett, Michael Gash and Josh Gowling all leaving Aggborough and they’ve seen their budget cut in half for this season. Boss Gary Whild has fine tuned his squad over the past week signing goalkeeper Dean Snedker, winger Adam Dawson and highly-rated West Bromwich rookie Andre Wright, only time will tell how much their off field troubles will affect them this time around but Grimsby will surely be to strong for them on Saturday.