Div 5/National League 2018/19

Discussion in 'football' started by orient slacker, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Here we go again in Vanarama-Land, as it kicks off on Saturday.

    The teams and current odds on title-winners is here:

    National League Winner Betting Odds | Football

    Newly promoted Salford are the bookies favourites due to some eye-raising cash being splashed by the Class of 92 and their backer. Orient kick the season off up there with a lunchtime game on BT Sport, followed by a home game v similarly well-backed Ebbsfleet next Tuesday evening.

    We’ll hopefully be troubling the playoff spots this time round after an awkward last season when we effectively regrouped following 3 disastrous years ownership by Franco Becchetti. We’ve sold almost 4k of season tickets again, so along with Wrexham & relegated Chesterfield will be well supported at this level.

    But, as ever, it’s a tough league to call with its mixture of snooty ex-league teams moaning about 3G pitches , arriviste fulltimers doped by sugar daddies, well-managed non-league stalwarts and a rump of part-timers trying to hang on in there.
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  2. Orient get off to a statistician’s wet dream of a start: played two, two points, scored 2, conceded 2. But both were against fancied sides, and the draws were about right.

    4 teams off to a perfect 6 points start. Chesterfield also had a couple of challenging openers and came through. Early days, and everyone knows gaffer Martin Allen has a tendency to walk away as soon as he has a spat, but they could be the team to catch this season. I don’t expect relative pauper sides Halifax & Solihull Moors to be troubling the top spot too long. Gateshead - who lost loads of players in the close season & were only sold a week before the opener have surprised many by getting off to a flyer, including downing moneybags Salford last night.

    At the bottom, potless and pointless Daggers already look like they face a long, hard slog.
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