Eastleigh v FC Halifax Town preview
Location: Silverlake Stadium
When: Saturday, September 24
Referee: Elliott Swallow has shown 17 yellow cards in four National League games this season. Took charge of Town’s 0-0 home draw against Southend on 16 August.
Odds: Eastleigh win 11/8, draw 23/10, Halifax win 19/10
Eastleigh: Southend (h) W 2-1, Barnet (a) L 3-1, Bromley (a) L 2-1, Yeovil (h) D 1-1, Oldham (a) L 3-2
Halifax: Wealdstone (a) L 1-0, Notts County (h) L 4-1, Scunthorpe (a) W 2-0, Maidenhead (a) 1-1, Gateshead (h) W 2-0, Aldershot (a )L 5-1
Eastleigh: Daniel Whitehall (4), Tristan Abrahams (2), JJ McKiernan (2), Callum Ebanks, George Langston, Charlie Carter.
Halifax: Mani Dierseruvwe (3), Jordan Slew (2), Kian Spence, Harvey Gilmour.
Coach: Lee Bradbury was assistant coach at Crawley before taking over from Ben Strevens at Eastleigh in February. The former Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and Manchester City striker previously managed Bournemouth and Havant and Waterlooville.
Last season: 19th in the National League
Keep an eye on: Striker Daniel Whitehall scored 11 goals in 41 league appearances last season, finishing the campaign with five in his last seven and has maintained that form this season, scoring four in his first six matches.
When they last met: Goals from Kian Spence and Matty Warburton helped Halifax win 2-1 at Eastleigh in May.
Head to Head: 15 games played, Eastleigh wins 6, draws 5, Halifax wins 4
Match facts: Eastleigh are yet to lose at home this season, winning two and drawing in all four of their home games
Only Torquay have scored fewer National League goals so far this season than Halifax (7).
Halifax has only taken the lead once in five away games this season.
Eastleigh is unbeaten at home since losing to Halifax in May.
All of Eastleigh’s goals at home this season have come in the second half. Their last first-half goal at home came against Barnet on April 23, scored by Halifax winger Sam Smart.
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