A lack of Premier League football gives us an opportunity to look a little further down the football pyramid for this weekend’s Saturday selections and, given that it’s non-league day, we’ll be focusing our attentions on the highly competitive National League with a tasty treble that pays nearly 5/1.
We just need our three chosen to win their respective matches and we’ll be celebrating nearly £50 profit from a £10 stake. If that doesn’t wash away the international weekend blues, what will?
Here are our selections.
Maidstone United v Guiseley
It’s now nine games without a win for Guiseley, and Paul Cox will be under no illusions as he continues to settle into his new post. While the former Barrow manager is more than capable of turning things around, the trip to the Gallagher Stadium looks like be another tough one.
Maidstone will be particularly determined to bounce back from a midweek loss against Bromley, particularly as they are one of the many clubs still within touching distance of table-topping Macclesfield. To have any real shot at promotion, though, they will need to turn some of those away draws into wins. Saturday’s contest is the perfect opportunity.
Jay Saunders has two very good strikers in the form of Joe Pigott and Zavon Hines. If the hosts can create the chances, that deadly duo should find a way through a defence that has already conceded 17 times on the road with a return of just two.
No games are easy in this league, but a home win looks the most likely outcome by far. Let’s hope the hosts can deliver.
Sutton United v AFC Fylde
Sutton’s form has dropped off a little in recent weeks and Paul Doswell’s men now find themselves sitting fifth thanks to a return of one win in four. However, the visit of struggling Fylde should give them a fantastic chance of getting back to winning ways at Gander Green Lane.
The hosts have still won more than they’ve lost at home while they can look to the goals of Tommy Wright and co. for inspiration. They also have a midfielder capable of running the game in the experienced Nicky Bailey, who could be a major factor once more.
Fylde have picked up four points in their last two games, winning their last away trip as they visited Leyton Orient. This trip to the capital could be a little tougher, however, especially as they’ve conceded seven in their last four on the road.
Those defensive frailties could leave the door open for Sutton, and we’re backing the early promotion contenders to capitalise in style.
Torquay United v Dover Athletic
Struggling Torquay have endured a terrible start to the campaign and, despite playing at Plainmoor on Saturday, we think they could be in for another tough afternoon against high-flying Dover.
The hosts did pick up a 4-0 win over Maidenhead on Tuesday night, and that could provide Gary Owers with some confidence. Nonetheless, even the experience of Rory Fallon and co. is unlikely to cause too many problems for the visitors.
Dover have lost just one of seven on the road while Ryan Bird’s five league goals have been supported by contributions from all over the pitch. Chris Kinnear’s men are playing with a great level of consistency too, which is likely to shine through in Devon.
It is a long trip for the travelling supporters, but they look likely to return with three points. Depending on results elsewhere, it could see them end the day sitting top of the pile.