Barrow vs Chester by Hassy
Managed by former Chester player Darren Edmondson, the Bluebirds return to non-league's top flight after a two-year absence by winning last season's Conference North. They currently occupy 17th place, which was where Chester found themselves before Saturday's win.
However, looking at their home form, they are averaging two points per game and have only lost once in 7 games. 4 of their 5 wins this season have come at home and after missing a hatful of chances on Saturday at Altrincham I have confidence they will return to winning ways.
Barrow will welcome back central midfield duo David Mellor and Mo Fofana after their fitness problems. Right-back George Williams is available again after recovering from a foot injury. And Edmondson should administer team tweaks with the likes of striker Grimes, central midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey and centre-back Steve Williams vying for starting spots.
With Saturday's frenetic Derby win still in the mind, Chester look to kick start their season tonight as they visit Holker Street to take on Barrow. Saturday's thrilling 3-2 win against Wrexham sets the game up nicely, but Chester City will now be looking to improve their form on the road, as their last three away games have ended in defeat. The three defeats on the spin have also only yielded one goal for Chester City; in fact they have only scored more than one goal in a match twice so far this season. Four defeats in seven away games and their most recent win against part time Macclesfield doesn't set the heart racing for The Blues.
Sadly, after an impressive debut at the weekend, loan striker James Roberts will not feature following the tragic death of his younger brother on Saturday night.
Barrow is miles away from anywhere and the long trips faced by the away sides always benefits the hosts. Added to the fact the sea wind and the midweek travel then you can see why Barrow have a very strong home record. Despite the club not winning away last week they played very well and should have at least come away with a point. There won’t be wholesale changes. The last two performances have been very good, but Barrow haven’t had the end product to win the games. Bringing Grimes into the fold will change this and I confidently tip Barrow to return to winning ways at home.
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