Macclesfield vs Northampton Predictions

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Macclesfield
Northampton

Both Teams To Score

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Tip Reasoning

  • Macclesfield conceded at least 1 goal in 71% of their home matches.
  • Macclesfield have been undefeated in their last 12 home matches.
  • Northampton have been undefeated in their last 6 matches.
  • Northampton have scored in 79% of their away matches.

The hosts are difficult to beat

Macclesfield Town’s well documented financial plight has certainly been a topic of conversation at the Moss Rose Ground, and with a low budget to recruit players, most thought that it would be a long and arduous season for the Silkmen. However, the players have bought in to the siege mentality and they have managed to show plenty of resolve in the face of that adversity and come into this match in high spirits.

If we are to focus on matters on the pitch, then the side have stayed pretty resolute and they come into this match knowing that only one side has so far managed to come away from the Moss Rose Ground with all three points this season. The hosts may concede, but they have a battling spirit and this is demonstrated perfectly by the fact that 64% of their home matches have finished with both teams scoring.

Chasing down the automatic promotion places

It is fair to say that it has been an excellent couple of months for Northampton Town as, despite a relatively slow start to the season, they have upped their game and have now put themselves into a play-off place. However, the Cobblers will not be satisfied with that and they will surely believe that they are capable of a spot in the top three, and if they achieve that then they will be able to book themselves a return to the third flight of English football.

The form of the visitors means that this is a realistic probability as their 15 points from their last eight league games means that they are the second most in form side in the division. It is easy to see why too, as the hosts have scored 44 times from their 29 games this season, a tally which has been boosted by their 10 goals from their last four outings in the league.

A difficult task ahead

When you measure up the form of the visiting side of late with the excellent home record displayed by Macclesfield so far, then it is clear that neither side will be in for an easy afternoon. The hosts are one of the lowest scorers in the league but when 57% of their goals have come on home soil and given that they have conceded in 71% of home matches, it is a good job they are able to respond to it. As already discussed, the visitors are excellent going forward but they have conceded in 79% of their away matches. All in all, we believe that backing both teams to score is the way to go.

In terms of a correct score tip, we think that both of these sides will believe that they have the ability to earn a positive result on Saturday afternoon. The hosts average 1.14 goals per game at home and have conceded an average of just 0.71 goals per game in front of their own fans. Meanwhile, the visitors have scored an average of 1.14 goals on the road and conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game. In light of this, we think that a 1-1 stalemate is the most likely outcome.

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