Match Preview :- Kidderminster Harriers - Tuesday April 11th, 2017 (7:45PM)

On Tuesday night, Celtic face Kidderminster Harriers (kick off 7:45pm). Kettering are currently second in the league on seventy-two points, nineteen places and forty-six points ahead of Celtic, having played a game more. There will be a match centre and twitter feed for this game.

Kidderminster are six points behind first placed Fylde with a game in hand, and will be looking to win on Tuesday, to put them three points behind, and with a good chance of pipping the league leaders to the automatic promotion space, especially as their run-in is against teams in the bottom eight. Away from home, they have lost six matches all season, and drawn four, winning the other eight. Three of those losses and one of the draws came in their last six away matches, although they have beaten both Tamworth and Gloucester in their most recent away games. Their last away loss was against FC United at the start of March. The 4-3 away win over Tamworth on March 21st ended a run of six away games without a win.

Kidderminster have the lowest goals for in the top five, scoring sixty-seven goals this season at a rate of 1.8 goals per game (1.6 away from home). However, they have the best defence in the league, conceding just thirty-seven goals all season, at a rate of a goal per game (1.3 away from home). Their top scorer is Celtic academy player Arthur Gnahoua, who has eleven goals this season. They have kept sixteen clean sheets, five on the road, and failed to score eight times, six times away.

Kidderminster havenít visited Bower Fold for twenty years, their last two visits at the start of the 97/98 season and the end of the 96/97 seasons were both victories for Celtic, winning 2-1 in the most recent encounter here, and 4-1 the time before. Those two wins are our only wins over Kidderminster at Bower Fold. Kidderminsterís last win at Bower Fold was in December 1994, when they won 3-1. In seven visits, Celtic have won two, drawn three and lost two. The last meeting between the two sides was at the start of this season, when they beat us 2-1 at their place, Nick Ryanís goal not enough to pull back from a 2-0 half time lead.

In Kidderminster Harrierís most recent game, the 2-1 away win over Gloucester City, they lined up as:
1. Sam Hornby
2. Jared Hodgkiss
3. Zaine Francis-Angol
4. Keith Lowe
5. Jordan Tunnicliffe
6. Ryan Croasdale
7. James McQuilkin
8. Darryl Knights
9. Joe Ironside
10. Tyrell Waite
11. Daniel Nti

Celticís last match was the outstanding 2-1 home win over league leaders AFC Fylde, in which Celtic lined up as:
1. Grant Shenton
2. Danny Morton
3. Danny Wisdom
4. Matty Hughes
5. Adam Mather
6. Aaron Chalmers
7. Kieran Dunbar
8. Matt Regan
9. Andy Bishop
10. James Roberts
11. Danny Pilkington

Celtic are still in a precarious position in the league. Even winning the two games in hand (of which this is one), will still leave us four points from safety behind Worcester City with a run-in against top-half teams. We are still not mathematically down, but we still need to win matches that on paper, we are favourites to lose.

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