After being postponed several times this FA Trophy 1st round replay will finally take place tonight as both clubs have agreed to play the game on a neutral pitch at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. That means Skelmersdale home pitch advantage is out the window and increses the chance of Fylde progressing to the next round. Here’s the preview already posted a couple days ago, now with an even better feel to it but with a different pick.
Skelmersdale United are on a bad run in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, losing four on the trot while conceding 10 goals in the process. On Saturday they were trashed 4-0 at Salford City leaving them 20th place in the table, just above the relegation zone. With confidence low and only two days rest, the home side might struggle in tonight’s FA Trophy first round replay with AFC Fylde. The first game ended in a remarkable 4-4 draw where Fylde grabbed an early 3-0 lead only for Skelmersdale to score four straight goals in the second half to grab the lead. Eventually though Fylde came up with the equalizer in the 88th minute to secure the replay. The game was postponed at its original date due to a waterlogged pitch but is likely to take place tonight.
Team news: Since the first tie Skelmersdale have secured loan signings of 19-year old Everton midfielder Tyrone Duffus as well as Max Hazeldean from Accrington Stanley.
AFC Fylde are unbeaten so far this year in the Non League Premier Northern Division after defeating Chorley 1-0 at home followed up by a 2-0 win at Gainsborough. That means Fylde are now fourth in the table, just four points off table topping Solihull Moors with one game in hand. With confidence riding high we think they have a good chance of punishing Skelmersdales shaky defence. Especially since Fylde striker Danny Rowe has been in red hot form lately and scored a hattrick in the first tie followed up by goals both against Chorley and Gainsborough. He is looking for more goals tonight if involved.
Team news: Matty Hughes and Brad Barnes were back in the team against Gainsborough after injury layoffs and are hoping to be involved again.
Date & Time: 13 Jan 2015 – 20.45 CET
League: FA Trophty (England)
Match: Skelmersdale United – AFC Fylde
Pick: AFC Fylde to win & Both teams to score
Highest Odds: 3.20 @ Betway
Stake: 10 EUR
Result: 0-4, bet lost.
RB Leipzig Women on the up
Newly promoted RB Leipzig are heading to bottom of the table MSV Duisburg tonight in the sixth round of the Frauen Bundesliga. Duisburg are still winless and faced heavy defeat in their last league outing to Eintracht Frankfurt (1-5). The Zebras have already conceded 21 goals this season while only scoring four and will struggle to stay in the division.
They still have to do without Sarah Freutel, Alexandra Emmerling, Jelena Prvulovic and Brooke Denesik, and received another blow as Danish centre back Emilie Henriksen also will miss the game due to illness.
RB Leipzig hope to pick up their second win of the season and were happy to see all their international players come back healthy and raring to go after the break. Elvira Herzog, Michela Croatto, Julia Magerl and Korina Janez all trained with the team this week and look sharp.
We’re rather confident of an away win here.
Date & Time: 3 November 2023 – 17:30 GMT
Competition: Bundesliga Women (Germany)
Match: MSV Duisburg – RB Leipzig
Pick 1: RB Leipzig Asian Hcp -1
Odds: 2.05 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 1-1, bet lost.
New manager boost for Ajax
To say that Ajax’s start to the season has been poor is an understatement. In fact, Ajax are incredibly enough bottom of the Eredivise table after their opening eight games, the worst start ever for the club. It came as little surprise then when head coach Maurice Steijn was relieved of his duties and replaced with Hedwiges Maduro on an interim basis. He did not fare much better in his two games in charge, a 0-2 loss to Brighton followed up by a 2-5 loss at PSV. This led to the club appointing John van’t Schip as their new manger on a two year deal.
van’t Schip has only had a few days to prepare for tonight’s game against struggling Volendam, but just having a permanent manager, let alone a club legend, in place must be seen as a boost. Also, the visitors are the worst away team in league, having lost all their four league outings this season, scoring only four goals in the process while conceding a whopping 12.
This is the perfect rebound spot for Ajax and despite their struggles so far, we believe they will go all out here and win this comfortably.
Date & Time: 2 November 2023 – 19:00 GMT
Competition: Eredivise (Netherlands)
Match: Ajax – Volendam
Pick 1: Ajax Asian Hcp -1.5, -2
Odds: 1.86 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won! (half win)
Pick 2: Ajax HT/FT
Odds: 1.72 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: Half time score: 0-0, bet lost.
Pick 3: Over 3.5, 4 goals in the game
Odds: 1.925 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet lost.
Rotating Rovers without chance
Chelsea get a welcome break from league football when they welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge tonight. A place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals is at stake and the Blues aim to go all the way.
Rovers are expected to make some changes to the team that lost 0-1 at home to Swansea at the weekend and Jake Garrett, Adam Wharton, Dilan Markanday and Andrew Moran all could get a start here. Captain Lewis Travis will start but Rovers’ manager Jon Dahl Tomasson will have to do without top scorer Sam Szmodics who is nursing an injury picked up at the weekend.
Chelsea could also give some of the non regular starters a chance to shine, with the likes of Armando Broja and Ian Maatsen. We could also see Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk, who missed the league defeat to Brentford at the weekend, start.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will try to play with our best team. Some players will need to rest because after Saturday’s game we can’t take risks. But, in general, we will try to play our best team.”
We will take his word for it and expect Chelsea to win this rather comfortably.
Date & Time: 1 November 2023 – 19:45 GMT
Competition: Carabao Cup (England)
Match: Chelsea – Blackburn
Pick: Chelsea to win & Under 4.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 @ Skybet
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won!