AFC Fylde vs Salford City predictions and betting tips for Saturday’s National League play-off final at Wembley. Both of these sides have struggled with consistency this season, but they’ve made it through to the final, and this will be Salford’s first ever appearance at the West London venue. Who will come out on top?
Salford are the bookies favourites, but needed penalties to secure their place in the final
AFC Fylde beat Salford 1-0 in their most recent meeting in April
Fylde have won six of their last eight games
Kick Off Time: 15:00pm
Date: Saturday 11th May, 2019
Venue: Wembley Stadium
The Football League will have a new member come 6pm on Saturday, with one of these debutantes set to seal promotion to the fourth tier for the first time. AFC Fylde finished fifth in the National League table, but they were only four points off today’s opponents.
Dave Challinor’s men came through a couple of tough play-off matches, but the way they raced into a lead against Harrogate Town was particularly eye-catching. They also managed to keep a clean sheet against a Solihull Moors side who netted 73 times during the regular campaign.
It was an impressive couple of results for the Lancastrians, and although they have slightly less EFL experience in their side, their raw talent should not be underestimated. They have the National League’s Player of the Season, Danny Rowe, and the fact that the local lad has opted to stay at Mill Farm suggests that he believes this side is capable of competing at the higher level.
On the other hand, Salford City have also been mightily impressive this season, but they seem to have struggled lately. They needed penalties to see off Eastleigh, and they haven’t won April 19th, when conceding twice to Boreham Wood. After securing eight clean sheets in nine, they have now shipped in each of their last four fixtures, and despite Chris Neal’s heroics during the penalty shoot-out, they might find Fylde too lively here.
Danny Philliskirk has had a very poor season for Fylde, but he netted a crucial goal last week, and his experience could come in handy here.
There won’t be much between these two sides, and it is very tempting to play the 90 minute draw in this one, but I’m going to edge towards the outsiders. AFC Fylde look to be in slightly better shape coming into this game, and having recently seen off their opponents, they should be able to lift the trophy at the national stadium on Saturday teatime.
AFC Fylde Draw No Bet is available at 11/10, and it’s the first of our National League betting tips for today’s fixture. This price is available with William Hill, and new customers can get a £30 free bet to use on any of this weekend’s play-off games.
Danny Rowe and Adam Rooney are the obvious favourites in the anytime goalscorer market for this fixture, but it might be best to dig a little deeper in order to find some value.
Nick Haughton is an option, but the former Fleetwood man started the last game on the bench, and may be overlooked for a starting position here.
The aforementioned Danny Philliskirk is not completely at home on the left-wing, but he seems to have got his head down recently, and the converted-striker still possesses some goal-scoring instincts. He netted the crucial goal last time out, and even though he’s only netted four times this campaign, he could be worth siding with.
His three previous strikes this season all came within a month of one another, and he tends to score in streaks. This could be his time to shine.
Danny Philliskirk is the second of our National League betting tips for Saturday’s crucial fixture, and he is 16/5 with Betway to find the net in this one. New customers can get a £30 free bet to use on this game.
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Four of the last five National League play-off finals have featured three or more goals, but I don’t envisage this match-up being a high-scoring affair. The past two meetings have ended 0-1 and 0-2, and there is plenty of pressure on both sides.
Each of these two sides have displayed decent defensive resolve at various points throughout the campaign, and it may take something special to unlock the defences.
Neither team will want to make an early mistake, and we could see a cagey opening twenty minutes or so.
The market is favouring Under 2.5 Goals, and I can understand why. Ten of Salford’s last 14 games have featured fewer than three goals, and I expect this game to follow suit.
Salford City Win – 29/20
Draw – 9/4
AFC Fylde Win – 15/8
Odds from Bet365