Gloucester v AFC Fylde
The home side go into this game on a run of very poor form, winning only one of their last 6 games. However, it may be argued that with that one win being their last game, they are out of a rut. A home win against Kidderminster last weekend propelled them into 10th position and a win here could put them only a point behind Fylde. 7 of their last 11 games have seen both teams scoring, specifically the ones where they faced a team of an even level – which you could argue is happening here. Gloucester may have a worse side on paper although the home advantage alongside the momentum from their last game could give them something to push forward here.
Fylde have played impressively recently, winning their last three games and having a strong FA Cup run before being knocked out by League Two side Gillingham. If they win their games in hand, they have a chance of becoming league leaders as they were earlier in the season. However, Fylde aren’t exactly the most consistent side. They have a strong attacking prowess with Nick Haughton up top, although the same can be said for Gloucester with Matt McClure.
I expect both teams to score here. They should both be looking for all three points, Fylde especially. With so much importance on winning their games in hand, if the home side take the lead I would expect Fylde to give it everything to scramble some points.
Ebbsfleet Utd v Slough Town
Ebbsfleet head into this game two points off the top spot, with 4 games in hand on the league leaders Dartford. Much of this has come down to their emphatic FA cup run, which saw them eliminated by League One side Fleetwood Town last weekend – meaning their whole focus should now be on the league and regaining that top spot.
Ebbsfleet have the best points per game this season and are regarded by most to be the best team in the league on paper, I doubt they will drop points here. Dominic Poleon currently sits as their top scorer with 12 goals in 17 games, second best in the league. Whilst this sounds great, they have been on poor form recently. Their last three games have seen their first league loss, a knockout from the FA Trophy and a knockout from the FA Cup.
However, this is the perfect fixture for them to regain the form that saw them go their first 16 league games unbeaten. Slough have struggled recently, winning one game in their last 10. Even then, that game was an FA Trophy fixture against Hanwell Town who sit in 13th place in the league below. They now have to go and face one of the best sides in the league in a fixture Fleet really need to win. They last played at the weekend where they lost 5-1 at home to 9th place Eastbourne so momentum is likely even lower than Ebbsfleet right now. I expect the home side to gain all three points here.
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