AFC Fylde v Bradford Park Avenue (National League North)
After a strong run of form, Fylde came to a halt in their last league fixture with a bore draw away to Kidderminster. Nick Haughton has had an outstanding opening to the season, being one goal away from top scorer and even scored against Bradford PA the last time they faced each other. You can expect him to be a threat on Saturday afternoon. The same applies to Danny Rowe, who re-joined Fylde this season on loan from Chesterfield. One issue Fylde may face is a lack of fitness due to them having to play a cup replay game midweek – meaning Bradford PA have had considerably more rest. However, key players remain fit and I have no doubts that they’re quality will shine against an out of form opposition.
Bradford Park Avenue currently sit bottom of the league, without a win so far and only three draws. With seemingly nothing to bring some momentum to the away side, there’s very little argument to claim that Bradford PA will gain anything from this game. They’re going away to a side that are contending for the title and are doing so still without a win on the board. A clear issue for them is scoring goals, scoring only one goal in their last 5 league games. Fylde also tend to have low scoring games, although I can not see them conceding on Saturday. Their defensive record has been poor considering their position in the league, although they’ve only really conceded against strong teams. Fylde to win is a very strong bet here, if they come away with anything less than three points they’ll be incredibly disappointed.
Hungerford Town v Ebbsfleet United (National League South)
Hungerford have had a very poor start to the season with only one win so far leaving them in 21st place. Arguably, they’ve been unlucky in their fixtures – having 4 1-0 losses and 2 draws meaning just a few good minutes of football in each game could have left them in a much more impressive position. The issue at hand for the home side is within the final third. Since selling their main striker Ryan Seager this summer, Hungerford have really struggled to find a proven goalscorer to fulfil that position. Their last league game saw them lose 4-1 to Havant & Waterlooville, a side very similar to Ebbsfleet.
Ebbsfleet have had a flawless start to the season, winning all 8 of their games so far. Striker and league top goalscorer Dominic Poleon will no doubt be looking to add to his tally in this game, currently performing at a goal every 77 minutes. Ebbsfleet have played away from home three times this season, winning all three and arguably all being more challenging games than the one they head to on Saturday. Ebbsfleet should comfortably win this game, they do have to lose eventually but it’s very unlikely that this is the place it happens. Hungerford are in incredibly bad form and will not be viewing this as a game where they can begin a strong run. Their goal scoring issues should be evident in this game, with Ebbsfleet having much more quality in their defensive line.
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