Kidderminster vs Eastleigh
Struggling Kidderminster Harriers welcomes in-form and play off contenders Eastleigh at Aggborough Stadium in situation when they are without win in the last 6 games in all competitions. They play against high-flying Eastleigh, team who is in race for the play off places. These teams enters this match in completely different moods - hosts are dissapointed and their motivation is on very low level because they are far away from play offs and nothing is going well for them at this stage, while Eastleigh visit Harriers after very important away win over Bristol Rovers (leader) and contender for direct promotion in League Two.
But that's not the main reason why I am backing Eastleigh. It's very obvious who will be more motivated in this match, hungry for success. The other reason is situation in Kidderminster Harriers club management. They announced budget cut off for next season, which means several players will not be offered new contracts. It's very clear on the field that many players are not giving their maximum (not even near) and it's well seen in their last matches - Harriers have not score a single goal in the last 4 matches, scoring just 2 goals in the last 9 matches.
Here is quote from assistant manager Mark Creighton before the match:
“I’m extremely disappointed that we seem to be going out on a whimper,” he said.
“Personally, after the Alfreton game, I thought that maybe two or three of the players had already given up on the play-offs. Me and Gary said if that’s the case, then that’s absolutely fine, but come and see us and tell us that that’s you, you’re done. We’ll shake you by the hand and off you go".
Eastleigh is well organised team, good players, stable budget and I think they are the team to back this night. They have plenty of options up-front in Constable (14 goals), McAllister and Midson (both 9 goals).
It's uncertain which Harriers first 11 will be, but it's clear that if they are senior players, again we might see unserious approach, while if mixed team, it will be bellow Eastleigh level. Odds are great and worth a bet!
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|Eastleigh||Pinnacle||2.93||7||1-3 WON (+13.51 units)|