Preview: Wrexham v Maidenhead United – prediction, team news, line-ups
Sports Mole preview Saturday’s National League clash between Wrexham and Maidenhead United, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
First place is within reach Wrexhamheading to their National League game this weekend, as they face Maidenhead United at the North Wales Racecourse.
The Welsh side are currently in the play-off position, sixth in the table, just three points behind leaders Stockport County, while the Magpies are 20th and nine points above the relegation zone at the moment.
A strong defensive performance early on, along with the support of around 8,000 fans, helped the Red Dragons extend their home unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions, beating their opponents 12-1 in that span.
Phil Parkinson was delighted with his side’s professionalism on Tuesday as they limited Grimsby Town’s time and space, collecting their sixth clean sheet of the Domestic campaign in a 2-0 win.
Since the club was bought out by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney through RR McReynolds Company LLC, the aim has been to advance this team through the ranks of English football, and they have put themselves in a good position to gain promotion at the end of this season.
Provided nothing unforeseen happens, such as a sending-off against them, the Red Dragons have been a tough team to play against as they are incredibly compact and committed to team play and haven’t dropped any league points. when all 11 men are on the field. for 90 minutes since a 0-0 draw with Wealdstone on November 20.
In attack, Wrexham can be quite powerful, scoring the third most goals in the National League after 24 games (41), and that quality has allowed them to reverse some early deficits in some matches this season, including the last weekend when they conceded a Goal in the 14th minute by Tom Knowles but scored twice in the final half hour to beat Yeovil Town 2-1, thanks to an own goal from Morgan Williams.
Although they kept them quiet for the first 45 minutes, the second half was another defeat for the Magpies, who conceded three times to league leaders Stockport on Tuesday, losing 3-0 as they are now winless in 10 consecutive road games.
This loss means he’s back to the drawing board for manager Alan Devonshirewho saw his players put in a big effort last Saturday, beating FC Halifax Town 1-0, but his side failed to capitalize on their chances against the Hatters.
Maidenhead have lacked imagination and creativity when playing on the road, having failed to score in six of their previous eight domestic fixtures as visitors and possessing the league’s fourth-fewest goals this season.
Scoring wasn’t easy for them, but they showed some quality in their previous encounter against Wrexham, winning 3-2, their highest tally in a league game so far in this campaign.
Since dropping four consecutive Home Affairs from October to November last year, they have recovered well when they lost and have not lost consecutive games since that streak, however, they have not also not managed a winning streak of more than one game.
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Ollie Palmer made a dream debut for the Red Dragons as the former Wimbledon striker, who lost two divisions when he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club, scored the winner on Tuesday as he hopes provide them with an additional attacking option to complement their top scorer, Paul Mullin.
A few players achieved impressive milestones this week, including Robert Laintonwho won his 125th cap for the club, Jordan Ponticelli made his 50th career appearance at Wrexham, james jones played for the 225th time in the National League and Liam McAlinden picked up his first assist for the Red Dragons.
Only a few changes were made to their starting XI in their previous encounter, with Palmer taking the place of Jordan Ponticelli, Liam McAlinden being slotted into the lineup instead of Bryce Hosannah and Max Cleworth replaced Harry Lennon.
Josh Kelly is the main attacking threat for Maidenhead, as the Northern Irishman has scored nine goals this season, which puts him tied for seventh in the league alongside Jordan killed, Max Kretzschmar, Andrew Dallas and Corie Andrews.
Kelly scored the winner in their previous meeting against Wrexham, with Kane Ferdinand and Jay Mingi also finding the back of the net.
A change was made to their starting 11 on Tuesday as Shaun Donnellan replaced ryan upwhile the guardian Daniel Gyollai conceded three goals just days after picking up his first clean sheet of the year.
Possible starting lineup for Wrexham:
Lainton; Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Brisley; Davies, Young, Jones; Mullin, Palmer, Thomas
Maidenhead United possible starting roster:
Gyollai; Wells, De Havilland, Massey, Sheckleford, Clerima; Donnellan, Smith, Ferdinand; Kelly, Acqua
We say: Wrexham 2-0 Maidenhead United
Wrexham are on a hot streak at home at the moment and look very comfortable defensively, and they will be keen to prove that their loss to Maidenhead earlier this season won’t happen again.
The Magpies rely on Kelly a bit too much, and we don’t expect them to be able to contain the Welsh side’s attacking depth throughout the 90 minutes.