Football – England – Blue Square Premier
Saturday 29th December 2012 – Kickoff: 1500hrs
Third placed Wrexham entertain lower half situated Tamworth at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon with Wrexham looking to post a third successive home win against a Tamworth side who will be aiming to avoid a fourth successive defeat.
Wrexham’s recent form has been a little patchy with heavy wins over Southport 4-1 away, Braintree Town 5-1 away, 6-1 over Nuneaton Town and a Boxing Day win over AFC Telford 4-1. However, the Dragons will be mindful of recent defeats against Hereford United, Kidderminster and Grimsby Town although the latter two defeats were away from home .
Wrexham’s home record then to date stands at 7-3-2 28/13 and they’ve won their last two along with a point earned against tricky Gateshead in a 1-1 draw. Incidentally, Wrexham have failed to score just once in their last fifteen home matches and they’ve scored 2 goals or more in a match on nine occasions – the reason for this will become apparent later on in the preview.
Wrexham’s opponents this afternoon, Tamworth, have won just once in their last ten matches which was a 3-2 home win over Dartford earlier this month and they must have thought they had recorded a second much-needed win when they led Nuneaton Town 1-0 on Boxing Day with just six minutes to go, but they threw away their lead and eventually lost 1-2.
This would have been a bitter blow for the midlanders and they now face a difficult task of getting something against a strong Wrexham outfit. This assignment will have been made even more difficult on the back of a five match away run without a win having taken just one point out of a total of 15 points thanks to a 1-1 draw at Cambridge United.
But straight defeats to Hyde, Macclesfield Town, Grimsby Town and Nuneaton Town have put pressure on Tamworth and they are only four points ahead of 21st placed Nuneaton Town as a result.
The firepower of Wrexham though should just be too much for a struggling Tamworth outfit who have been poor on their travels during the last two months and I’m backing the hosts to cover the -1 handicap with ease in what should be either a 2-0 or 3-0 home win here today.
Pick: Wrexham AH-1 @ 1.77 Pinnacle looks the play here