Maidenhead United v Wrexham
Vanarama National League. Kick Off: 7.45pm August 14th.
AFTER the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs last year following the departure of manager Dean Keates to Walsall at a crucial time of the season, Wrexham have started this term impressively under new boss Sam Ricketts.
Ricketts appears a good fit at Wrexham and despite his inexperience (this is his first job in management) the former Wales international has recruited well and will be hoping to lead Wrexham back into the Football League following an 11-year absence.
In a league that includes big-spending Salford City and the likes of Barnet, Chesterfield and Leyton Orient that'll be no easy task but early signs are positive.
Maidenhead United were perhaps fortunate to stay at in the Vanamara National last season, five wins out of six in the run-in meant they avoided relegation by six points. They've started this season poorly with two losses and a draw and it looks set to be a season of struggle once again for them.
I watched Wrexham v Boreham Wood on Saturday, a 3-0 victory for the home side, leaving them with seven points from a possible nine after three matches. The scoreline was perhaps a touch flattering as last year's play-off finalists Boreham Wood created some decent chances of their own but a settled Wrexham back four that kept an impressive 22 clean sheets last season has been boosted by the signing of Rob Lainton in goal and they are yet to concede this season.
At the other end of the pitch loan signing Jordan Maguire-Drew has joined for the season from Brighton and earned the man-of-the-match award at the Racecourse ground on Saturday. He looks like he has the star quality to help Wrexham to a high finish.
He last appeared at this level in the 16-17 season on loan at Dagenham, winning the club's Young Player of the Year award with 16 goals in 48 appearances.
Another clean sheet could well be on the cards for Wrexham on Tuesday night and the prices are good value also. Wrexham double chance at 11-20 is particularly tempting for an accumulator but below are some tips for those looking at longer odds.