Ebbsfleet United v Welling United (National League South)
Ebbsfleet go into this fixture with 10 wins and a draw from their first 11 games. Their star player so far has been Dominic Poleon, scoring 10 goals in them 11 games and making him the National League South top scorer. Chris Solly has also been a standout player for the league leaders, playing so impressively to make him the National League South player of the month for September (an award that rarely goes to defenders.) Ebbsfleet, despite not losing a game so far, will still need to keep up their impeccable form due to Havant and Waterlooville sitting only 2 points behind them. They’ll be expecting all three points here and will be disappointed if they come away with anything less.
Welling have had a fairly consistent start to the season, leaving them in 9th place and only a singular point off the play-off spots. Adebayo Azeez has been impressive so far, scoring 6 goals in 11 games and Ebbsfleet will see him as their biggest threat come Saturday. The reason I believe Ebbsfleet will be able to break Welling down is their poor recent form alongside the sheer quality of the home side.
Welling lost their last league game and drew three prior to that making it four league games without a win. In the midst of that they took a 3-0 loss to Weymouth in the FA Cup.
Considering their current low momentum compared to the position Ebbsfleet have got themselves in – alongside the home side carrying larger crowds than usual right now which should hopefully give them an even further boost with the pressure of Havant & Waterlooville right behind them.
Havant & Waterlooville v Oxford City (National League South)
Havant have had a sublime start to the season, with 9 wins and 2 draws from their first 11 games. Somehow, they’re currently 2 points away from the top of the league with Ebbsfleet slightly edging them with only one draw. Therefore, if Havant want to keep up, every game is a must win fixture – especially the home ones. Havant have been playing with an aggressive sense going forward, leaving them with three players within the top ten scorers of the National League South (Jake McCarthy, Jason Prior and Muhammadu Faal.)
James Roberts has also put in a range of impressive performances so far, one of the primary reasons they’re in the position they are now. The quality that Havant have on the pitch should completely outmatch Oxford on Saturday, it’ll be an upset if they don’t.
Oxford, despite being 14th in the table, have had impressive spells this season. Klaidi Lolos has scored 6 goals from 11 games and will be their biggest threat going forward. He will most likely cause a range of issues for the Havant back line. They’re also the only team to play Ebbsfleet this season and not lose, coming away with a 1-1 draw thanks to Olly Sanderson. Despite this, their form hasn’t been great recently and they’re struggling to turn draws into wins. When coming across a side like Havant, this mentality will not help them.
When you consider the weight that each game holds for Havant, alongside the fact that they have the home advantage here, I have no doubts that they’ll be confident about gaining all three points.
Chelmsford City v Hemel Hempstead (National League South)
Chelmsford come into this game with some strong recent form, their only loss so far has come against Havant & Waterlooville who currently remain unbeaten. Even then, it was a respectable performance with a 4-3 loss. In the home sides last 6 games, they’ve scored 16 goals and conceded 1. Simeon Jackson has scored the majority of their goals this season (4) although they’ve had a strong range of goalscorers so far, totalling up to 17 goals. On the other end of the pitch, they currently have the best defensive record in the league by conceding only 8 goals in 11 games.
Hemel Hempstead will go into this game with a dropped level of momentum, after losing 1-0 at home to a Cheshunt side that haven’t won a league game since gameweek 1. Ogo Obi may be viewed as their biggest threat with 5 goals so far, 2 of them kickstarting a good run of form in a 3-1 win away to Dulwich to get their first win in over a month.
They’ve done well to get themselves out of the relegation zone and will be looking to push themselves towards the top half of the table, although Chelmsford should simply have too much for them here. The quality they have on the pitch alongside the current form that they’re having leads me to believe it’s unlikely that they will come away from this game with anything less than three points.
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