After disappointment in the play-off final, Fylde are looking to end the season on a high a they take on the National League table toppers for the FA Trophy.
The Coasters had their hearts broken at Wembley as they were swept aside by Salford City as The Ammies secured back to back promotions; Fylde were the rank outsiders to win the game and they were inevitably unable to stop the next chapter of the Salford story.
Despite their 3-0 defeat and another year resigned to non-league football the feeling around the club is one of positivity, they improved on last season and had it not been for the somewhat anomaly of a side like Salford then Fylde could easily be plying their trade in the league pyramid. Fylde finished up in fifth place and beat Harrogate and Eastleigh on their way to Wembley. They won 22 games in the regular season and only suffered nine defeats; a number that was only bettered by Sunday’s opponents. The Coasters are priced at 2.8 to win the match in 90 minutes.
Their opponents were very much the power house of the National League this season and are the narrow favourites to take the victory at a price of 2.2. Orient have had a relaxing three week break after winning the title and confirming their return to League Two. The O’s suffered just seven defeats through the campaign and pipped Solihull Moors to the title by three points after they matched them point for point and goal for goal in the six game run in to the seasons finale.
It’s hard to pick between these two, Fylde will be desperate to end on a high but Orient are definitely the stronger side. It’s unclear how the extra break will affect them, they could get an advantage from being the fresher of the two or could we see a bit of rust in their performance.
Both sides have no new injury concerns ahead of this game and are both expected to start at full strength. Both have operated relatively rigid formations this season but have both been lethal in front of goal.
The sub context to this contest is the battle between two of the league’s top scorers and the finest players this season. Danny Rowe topped the scoring charts alongside Eastleigh’s Paul McCallum with 27 goals. He has been absolutely exceptional throughout the campaign and has found the net in just about every way imaginable. He’s narrowly pipped in the goal scorer market at a price of 5.5 first and 2.75 anytime. The shortest odds for a goal is then of course Macauley Bonne, the Orient striker bagged 23 this season and was absolutely integral to the success of the London side. He’s also at 5.5 first but is slightly shorter anytime at 2.5.
These two being on the same pitch should give us a real chance of seeing some goals. Both teams to score is sitting at a handsome 1.75. You could play safer with over 1.5 goals which is at 1.29 if you fancy a more resolute defensive display.
It’s a tough call this one. Orient are the stronger side on paper as shown by their exceptional showing over the league campaign, but they’ve not had any competitive football for a number of weeks and by in large their job this season is very much complete. Fylde have a real point to prove after losing the play-off final, but the reality is that they were poor; granted they played a very strong Salford side but they gifted them opportunities and never truly looked like coming back in to the game. I’ve got to side with Orient for this one, they’re the stronger side and will want to show that fact. They’ve also had a much longer break which, whereas Fylde will be starting to feel the effects of a lengthy season. I’d probably take a bit of a safety net on the basis that the game could go the distance. Orient draw no bet at 1.73 or double chance at 1.33 are both solid picks.
Leyton Orient draw no bet @ 1.73
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.29
Macauley Bonne to score first @ 5.5