Southport v King’s Lynn Town
The Linnets make a midweek trip to Haig Avenue here with only 5 points separating the two teams. Both teams have had a variation in form, having the exact same record in their last 6 games – 4 wins, a draw and a loss. Both sides will go into this game wanting all three points, this is why I expect to see them both on the scoresheet here.
The home team managed to win with ease at the weekend, putting 4 past a struggling Farsley Celtic. Niall Watson bagged himself a brace, allowing him to have scored 5 goals in 6 games. His form will give him the momentum to be a huge threat to King’s Lynn here. However, I believe Jordan Archer will remain the biggest threat in the Southport team. His 7 goals in 15 games puts him as top scorer for the home side this season and he will be looking to add to his tally here.
King’s Lynn also have their attacking threats, Gold Omotayo being the most prolific so far. His 7 goals in 16 makes him their top scorer although Theo Widdrington is just behind him with 6 in 15. The reason the Linnets are in second place lies mainly in their defensive efforts – although they’ve proven in recent times that there are flaws to be exposed. Especially teams like Southport that have consistent goalscorers with bags of experience.
I expect both teams to be scoring in this fixture, it’s a top of the table clash with similar levels of momentum. Once a goal goes in, the game should open up and allow a few more to sneak through at either end.
Braintree Town v Farnborough
Braintree go into this fixture being unbeaten in all 8 of their last home games. However, to match this, Farnborough are unbeaten in their last 8 games. It may be argued that this includes their FA Cup record, although their unbeaten run extends longer than Braintree’s. The home side sit 7 points ahead of Farnborough whilst playing only one more game, although I expect both teams to make it onto the scoresheet here.
Braintree have relied heavily on the goals of Levi Amantchi and Aaron Blair so far, with not many others consistently finding the back of the net. However, this is not necessarily a criticism as it means they have two proven goalscorers. They’ve had over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 games and despite an unbeaten record, have conceded first in 6 of their last 8. Whilst they play better at home, they have lost both of their last 2 games compared to Farnborough who haven’t lost in 8. Therefore, Braintree will be expected to find themselves on the scoresheet due to proven goal scorers and simply having higher quality on the pitch. However, due to some inconsistency in form and a tendency to have a slow start, Farnborough will go into the game with some confidence in getting all three points.
The away side have scored first in 6 of their last 7 games, winning 5 of their last 7 first halves – this completely contrasts the form of Braintree. Hisham Kasimu is their top scorer so far and has been on strong form recently, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a first half goal here. Both teams should be scoring here, the statistics are pointing at it perfectly.
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