Skrill Premier Preview And Predictions 9-10 August 2013

Barnet v Chester
Barnet will be looking to make home advantage count as they welcome Chester to The Hive. Jake Hyde got 14 goals last season and will be dangerous. The home side have brought in players from far and wide, including Romania and Saudi Arabia. Chester will be without the services of loanee Alex Titchener and have doubts over goalkeeper John Danby and Paul Linwood having picked up slight knocks during preseason.

Dartford v Alfreton
In this equivalent fixture last season, Dartford ran riot in a 5-1 win whilst the return game was a 3-2 victory for Alfreton so if history is anything to go by, there could be a veritable feast of goals on show at Princes Park. Dartford have a full complement of players to call upon whilst Alfreton are just waiting on whether defender Michael Wylde has shaken off an Achilles Injury. Adam Birchall will be the danger man for the home side whilst Dan Bradley will look to influence play in midfield.

Forest Green Rovers v Hyde
The title favourites did the double over Hyde last season and are fancied to start the season off in the best possible way, best priced at 8/13 with BetVictor to do just that. They could hand debuts to Matt Barnes-Homer, George Pilkington and Danny Wright whilst Aaron Racine, Keiron Forbes, Jamie Turley and Paul Green are all ruled out through injury, whilst Eddie Oshodi is suspended. Hyde went through pre-season unbeaten in 7 games and confidence should be flowing and the Tigers could hand a debut to striker Danny Carlton whilst Louis Almond also returns for another loan spell at Ewen Fields.

Grimsby v Aldershot
The Mariners should have a fully fit squad to choose from but joint-manager Paul Hurst has warned his players that places are up for grabs following a dip in performances near the end of preseason. The home side are best priced at 8/15 with BetVictor, StanJames and William Hill to emerge victorious and given the turmoil the visitors have been subjected to, it is hard to bet against Grimsby. The Shots have only 14 senior players either on loan or contracted, including Manny Oyeleke who signed on loan today, however Anthony Tonkin and Matt Paterson are both rated doubtful due to injury, leaving the Shots with potentially just 12 senior players at their disposal.

Hereford v Braintree
It is anyone’s guess as to how The Bulls will line up at Edgar Street with Martin Foyle having no injury worries to note. Chris Bush and skipper Luke Graham are expected to make up half of the backline with Michael Rankine being tipped to start as a target man, either on his own or as part of a duo. Braintree also should have a fully fit squad to choose from in what should be an intriguing encounter.

Kidderminster v Gateshead
Harriers manager Steve Burr has a fully fit squad to choose from and could hand a debut to former Fleetwood midfielder Lee Fowler. The Heed are something of a bogey side for the Aggborough outfit, winning three of the last four matches between the two sides, drawing the other. Also in the frame for a start are young winger Dior Angus and former Luton man James Dance, whilst young defender Tyrone Williams is on the verge of completing a loan move to Sutton Coldfield. Gateshead could hand a first start to loanee Richard Brodie who has plenty of pedigree at this level. These two sides met at Aggborough on the opening day of the season in the 2011-12 campaign, with the Heed emerging 3-2 victors on the day. The draw is a tempting bet at 3/1 with BetVictor and the visitors are 5/1 with Boylesports to continue their recent winning record over the Worcestershire outfit.

Macclesfield v Nuneaton
The Silkmen could hand debuts to a number of new signings including Danny Whittaker, Danny Rowe and Scott Kay for the visit of Nuneaton. The home side do not appear to have any selection issues and will look towards JP Kissock and Jack Mackreth to provide a creative spark whilst assistant manager Efe Sodje may start. The visitors could hand debuts to Theo Streete and Amari’i Bell for what promises to be an interesting, but tough game up at Moss Rose.

Salisbury v Tamworth
New Whites signing Clovis Kamdjo is expected to start at the heart of the newly promoted side’s defence whilst assistant manager Warren Feeney could also start up front. Mikey Harris will also be able to call upon former Forest Green Rovers striker Ben Wright and he could partner Feeney in a dangerous strike partnership. Dale Belford has bolstered his squad further today with the signings of experienced campaigners Andy Todd and Wayne Thomas, both of whom could be thrown straight into the side for tomorrow’s game.

Southport v Luton
John Still has certainly not minced his words, saying that “he knows his team” for the trip to Merseyside but that team will not include striker Alex Wall whilst Alex Lawless has returned to full training but this game could come too soon for the midfielder. Should there be a goal in this game, Southport will set a new club record of 53 Conference games without a goalless draw and the Sandgrounders could hand a debut to striker Danny Hattersley as manager Alan Wright looks to get off to a good start against very tough opposition as he has targeted a top half finish. Lofty expectations indeed.

Woking v Lincoln City
The Cards have retained the majority of last season’s squad and Garry Hill will be able to call upon Gavin McCallum who has had a good preseason. The line up is likely to feature Kevin Betsy and Lee Sawyer as Garry Hill’s side look to get off to the best possible start. Gez Sole has recovered from injury and could feature at some point. The Imps could hand first starts to Waide Fairhurst, Nick Wright and Luke Foster as they look to push on this season following two campaigns where they flirted rather dangerously with relegation. Given the respective styles of play and attacking options boasted by both teams, this game could see a fair amount of goals and entertainment.

Wrexham v Welling
The Dragons will certainly be without the services of Dean Keates, Brett Ormerod and Jay Colbeck through injury while Leon Clowes and Mark Creighton are fighting fitness battles with the former looking more hopeful to win his. Adrian Cieslewicz could be handed a start and Dragons fans will be hoping that he can produce performances from the start to mirror those from the bench last season. The away side do not appear to have any injuries to note and therefore have a fully fit squad to choose from, with new signings Blaine Hudson and Loick Pires potentially being handed their debuts for this tough away trip.

Cambridge v Halifax
The U’s open their campaign in front of the BT Sport cameras at 12pm and the early team news coming from the R Costings Abbey Stadium is that other than Josh Coulson, manager Richard Money will have a fully fit squad to choose from. Tom Champion, Tom Bonner and Ian Miller are all in contention to start the game with Money keeping his cards close to his chest. Halifax will be without Dan Gardner and Scott Mcmanus for their opening fixture whilst Jon Worthington and Dale Johnson will also miss out but are nearing full fitness.

As the Skrill Premier gets underway, I will offer up a recommended bet, top 3 homes and also a longshot for this opening weekend.

Barnet, Grimsby, Macclesfield
Treble pays 6.90 with William Hill.

Forest Green Rovers, Wrexham, Cambridge
Treble pays 5.12 with BetVictor

A tempting double would be Luton to win and both teams to score in Kidderminster vs Gateshead which pays 3.66 with BetVictor.

The longshot that I offer you is one that, should you decide to back it, should be backed with SMALL STAKES ONLY. Opening games of the season are notoriously nervy affairs, and with nerves come mistakes that can lead to goals. With this in mind this weekend’s longshot is “over 1.5 goals” in all of Saturday’s games, paying 11.44 with BetVictor. Add in Sunday’s game for odds of 14.31 with the same bookmaker.
Good luck with whatever bets you place and remember “He who dares…wins!”