National League Weekend Preview
Match Previews: The chase for playoffs!
FC Halifax vs Chesterfield
Both sides must win here if they are to have a chance at playoffs. The away side currently occupy the last playoff spot as we head into the last game of the season, while Halifax sit just 1 point below.
With the season coming to an end, Halifax have given themselves a chance at the playoffs. It’s going to be tough, but they’re in with a shout if they can win here and other results go their way. With fans likely to be in attendance, the home side should feel the advantage here but Chesterfield are a tough side to play, especially when they also have to win. The home team’s recent form isn’t the best as they come into this one, but they did enjoy a winner last time out against Maidenhead and that should give the side a lot of confidence.
Unbeaten in 4 games, Chesterfield are looking like playoff contenders, but it isn’t all done just yet. With one last performance needed from the side, they should be fired up for this one in front of the opponents fans. They sit 7th in the league as we head into the last game here, occupying the last playoff spot, but only on goal difference. With two teams below on the same points, and Halifax just 1 point behind, they still have to find a win here otherwise it’ll all be over.
Solihull Moors vs Eastleigh
The home side will miss out on playoffs, but they could ruin Eastleigh’s chances of reaching them with a good result here.
With their run of unbeaten games stretching to 6 games, Solihull Moors have a great chance here to ruin Eastleigh’s chances. The side have started to find good form, but it has come too late for them to reach a spot in those playoffs. The team’s hopes were ruined by their most recent game as they drew 1-1 in a game they needed to win, but it’s been a great effort and they’ll fancy their chances here at home in front of their own fans.
It’s been a good season for Eastleigh, a side that doesn’t score too many goals, but they’ve given themselves a chance at reaching the playoffs. Along with not scoring much, they’ve conceded the least amount of goals in the league other than the current league leaders and that is why they find themselves with a good chance of playoffs. They will need to win this one though, and that will be made even more tougher by Solihull’s recent form as they continue their unbeaten streak. Eastleigh themselves are unbeaten in 4 though, and this one should be interesting.
Dagenham & Redbridge vs Wrexham
Dagenham will welcome fans back to their home stadium and they’ll want to put on a show for them in ruining Wrexham’s playoff hopes.
The home side have fallen short of making the playoffs themselves, but the away side currently sit in those positions. Dagenham can ruin those hopes here though with a good result as there’s a few teams in pole position to overtake Wrexham if they do. Dagenham were unlucky last time out against Chesterfield as they were beaten 2-1 in a tight game and this one could be close again. With a win needed for the away side, the fans in attendance should spur Dagenham on here at home.
Wrexham just need to win here to secure their position in the playoffs, but that’s easier said than done. The win last time out was huge as they hit 5 against Kings Lynn, but one more good performance is needed. With it being a must win for the away side, the pressure will be on Wrexham to get the result they need which could give Dagenham a lot of freedom to play their own game. It’ll be tense, and with the fans against them, the team has to rise to the occasion to secure that spot.
Bromley vs Notts County
With a playoff spot already secured for Notts County, Bromley are also in the hunt, but they must win here.
Bromley sit outside of the playoffs on goal difference and they have every chance of reaching the spots if they win here. They’ll also need other results to go their way, or win by a large scoreline if they are to squeeze in. With a lot on the line, having the home fans in attendance should give the side a boost as they look to reach those coveted places. With only 1 defeat in their last 12 games, they should be confident of getting that win here.
Unbeaten in their last 7 games, Notts County will want to continue that good form into the playoffs. After just missing out on automatic promotion, the side are still on the lookout to head back into the EFL and they have looked like a side capable of doing so over the course of the season. They’ve bounced back well this season and the fans expect to head back up to League Two, but it’ll be tough to win here with Bromley having to win. It should be an intense affair with both sides looking to perform.