On Saturday, Celtic complete their trio of distance trips when we head across country to King?s Lynn for the Conference North clash (kick off 3pm ? there will be no match centre for this game). King?s Lynn are currently fourteenth in the league on forty-two points, nine places and fifteen points behind Celtic having played a game more.
After starting the season unbeaten for nine games, although with only two wins, Lynn climbed to eighth, but with inconsistency setting in, and they have won just six games in the last twenty-six games, although they have lost just nine, making them something of a draw specialist team, as we discovered when they visited earlier in the season. That result is the only time we?ve played King?s Lynn in a league game, and it finished 1-1 after Terry Barwick had been sent off for reacting to a bad foul.
Lynn?s last home win was a cracking 2-0 win over Gateshead, one of the few losses their fellow promotees have suffered. They have won just three other games at home this season, beating Solihull, Fleetwood and Hyde. They took six points off Hyde by beating our neighbours in their last match on Saturday, beating them at Ewen Fields 1-0. King?s Lynn?s last home game was a 1-1 draw with Vauxhall Motors.
Lynn?s top scorers this season are Jack Defty and Michael Frew, who both have nine goals, which puts them just outside the top twenty league goal scorers. They score, on average, 1.3 goals per game (1.4 at home), and concede 1.3 goals per game. Their most dangerous period is the last fifteen minutes when they have scored thirteen of their forty-five goals this season, whilst their most vulnerable period is around the twenty minute mark when they have conceded twelve of their forty-seven goals this season. Lynn have kept eight clean sheets, six of which came at home, and failed to score in seven, three of which came at home. In their last five home games, they have had two goalless draws against Southport and Hucknall, beaten Gateshead 2-0, lost 3-2 to Harrogate and been held to a 1-1 draw with Vauxhall.
Julian Joachim is a doubt for Saturday?s game, suffering a groin strain a few weeks ago, although he has resumed training. Michael Frew has left the club. They have no suspension worries ahead of the game, and in their last match, the 1-0 away win over Hyde, they lined up as:
1. Scott Howie
2. Luke Graham
3. Adam Smith
4. Mark Peters
5. Bradley Thomas
6. Mark Camm
7. Ross Kelly
8. Andy Johnson
9. Kris Renton
10. Dominic Dwyer
11. Scott Mitchell
Chris Denham?s last chance to play for Celtic will be Saturday, but after the knock against Gateshead he looks doubtful. Andy Smart is not far away from a return, but will not feature on Saturday. Celtic do not have any suspension worries, though. In our last match, the 2-0 win at home over Blyth, Celtic lined up as:
1. Paul Phillips
2. Ashley Woolliscroft
3. Michael Bowler
4. Barrie Keeling
5. Terry Barwick
6. John Hardiker
7. Steve Torpey
8. Keith Briggs
9. Paul Sykes
10. Lee Ellington
11. Matty Barlow
The automated prediction algorithm is suggesting a 2-1 win for Celtic on Saturday, which would keep our promotion push going, and may even allow us to overtake Telford.
Other games on Saturday:
AFC Telford United (58pts, 4th) v Droylsden (48pts, 9th)
Farsley Celtic (37pts, 17th) v Redditch United (33pts, 18th)
Gateshead (70pts, 1st) v Hinckley United (50pts, 7th)
Hucknall Town (22pts, 22nd) v Blyth Spartans (32pts, 20th)
Hyde United (29pts, 21st) v Harrogate Town (49pts, 8th)
Solihull Moors (40pts, 15th) v Burscough (33pts, 19th)
Southport (64pts, 3rd) v Stafford Rangers (38pts, 16th)
Tamworth (70pts, 2nd) v Fleetwood Town (48pts, 10th)
Vauxhall Motors (46pts, 11th) v Gainsborough Trinity (45pts, 12th)
Workington (42pts, 13th) v Alfreton Town (54pts, 6th)