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Match Preview :- Durham City - Saturday October 11th, 2008 (15:00:00)
Saturday sees Celtic back in FA Cup action when we welcome Durham City to the Fold for a 3pm kick off. Durham are currently flying in the Unibond First Division (North), sitting eighth, five points off the league leaders, having played two games less. There will be a live match centre for this match.

They have played seven games this season, won four and drawn three. Their most impressive statistic is their defensive record, that has seen them concede just one league goal since the start of the season, and that was a penalty in their opening game away at Skelmersdale. That is an impressive 576 minutes of league football without conceding. Their defence in the FA Cup is equally impressive, in the three games that they have played this season, they have conceded no goals. The defence is not impenetrable, in their FA Trophy games against Curzon Ashton, they conceded one at home on Saturday, leaving the final score 1-1, forcing a replay on Monday back in Ashton. Durham were behind 1-0 at the break but finished the match the stronger thanks to two second half goals.

Their front line might not have been impressive in the league, scoring just eight goals so far this campaign, but in the FA Cup, they have found the net fifteen times. Their top league scorer this season is a three way tie between Gavin Cogden, Stephen Richardson and John Toft, all of whom have two apiece. Across all competitions, Tommy English is their top scorer with seven, Richardson and Toft just behind on six each. On average, they have scored 1.3 goals per game, and conceded just 0.3 away from home and 0.1 overall. They have kept two on the road clean sheets, and six overall, whilst failing to score in just two games this season.

Durham are just welcoming back striker Adam Johnston from injury and he scored the winner in their 2-1 Trophy Replay at Curzon on Monday. In the home leg of the trophy, Durham started as:
1. Craig Turns
2. Stephen Harrison
3. Stephen Capper
4. Lewis Dodds
5. Ian Dixon
6. Michael Laws
7. John Toft
8. Shaun Bell
9. Stephen Richardson
10. Gavin Cogden
11. Tommy English

Celtic kept three consecutive clean sheets before conceding three on Saturday against Redditch, and have scored nine over the same four games. We have scored in every game except the 1-0 defeat at home to Southport. In our last match, the 3-3 draw at home with Redditch United, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paul Phillips
2. Ashley Woolliscroft
3. Rhys Meynell
4. Tom Sharpe
5. Terry Barwick
6. Paul Sykes
7. Steve Torpey
8. Keith Briggs
9. Lee Ellington
10. Matty Barlow
11. Chris Williams

Whilst there may be a temptation to rest players in a match against a team two divisions lower, it is unlikely given the confidence and commitment that Durham have shown at the start of their campaign and the potential banana skin this makes them. If we match them for commitment, then Celtic?s quality should carry the day. The automated prediction algorithm has no data to make a prediction, but has gone for 1-0 to Celtic anyway.
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