Maidstone United vs Macclesfield predictions as they meet in the FA Cup first round on Saturday. Will the hosts be able to upset their League Two visitors? Read on for our preview of the match and all our free betting tips below.
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It has not exactly been the return to the Football League fans of Macclesfield Town will have dreamed of following their promotion from the National League last season, but this weekend they face off against a foe from the division they recently conquered as they travel to face off against Maidstone United in the first round of the FA Cup. With neither side at the peak of their powers at the moment, it promises to be an intriguing afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium.
The hosts’ expectations at the start of the campaign will not have been the biggest in the division, with survival the major target, but a run in the cup to boost the club’s coffers will certainly be welcomed. Maidstone come into this weekend’s clash on the back of a moral boosting 2-0 win away at Barnet, but it was a result which has been few and far between so far this season. Their form on home soil has been especially disappointing and they have managed just five points in front of their own fans so far, a result which ranks as the second worst record in the National League.
Making the trip to the Gallagher Stadium is a Macclesfield Town side who will be looking forward to a cup game as they bid to put their league woes behind them. In League Two so far this season they have managed to claim just one win so far and with the side conceding an average of over two goals per game this term, it is easy to see just why they have struggled so much.
Given that neither side is exactly pulling up trees at the moment, it is advisable to avoid the win-draw-win market in this clash. The fact that the hosts are seemingly incapable of getting a positive result in front of their own fans and their visitors concede so often, we think that backing there to be over 2.5 goals looks to be the best way to see a decent return from this fixture.
Maidstone have the better of the head to head between these two sides with a record of two wins, one draw and one defeat. The sides last met in a 2-2 draw back in March.