NORTHWICH VICTORIA - FOREST GREEN ROVERS
Like Roberto Martinez at Swansea, we have another overseas coach here, who has spent much of his career playing lower league football in the UK and is starting to make a big name for himself, in the managers chair. Tunisian Noureddine Maamria, known to everyone as "Dino" has turned Northwich around in double quick time, from a bunch of losers heading out of the BSP, to a team on a 10 match unbeaten run (six wins), who are out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
They have done it playing nice, attractive football and scoring 24 goals, an average of 2.4 per game. The work is not yet done, especially with their next two and three of their next four, all away from home and coming against teams currently in the top 5. Therefore, they really need some points from this evening's match, Rovers also like to play the game the way it ought to be played and this should be a fine advert for non-league football.
FGR have had a fine season, but with games running out and sitting 7 points adrift of the play-offs and having played a game more than most of the teams around them in the table, motivation is fading fast. They have struggled on the road recently, with just a single point at Halifax, in a game where they were comprehensively outplayed, in three away ties.
Hosts are set to be unchanged , the visitors have three major injury doubts and will still be without suspended, Stuart Fleetwood, the league's top scorer. Home win.
6 points Northwich -1/4 ball 2.08 asian line.... NOW 1.83 !