Author: Alex Dudley
The National League is well underway now, which means fans have been given an insight into what their teams may achieve over the next nine months. But, have the promotion favourites started as strongly as everybody was predicting?
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Solihull have been the favourites to win the National League since the opening day, and that has been vindicated by how well they have started the season. They haven’t lost a game so far this season, have won four of their five fixtures. No team has scored more than Solihull’s 15 at this early stage of the campaign, and the table-toppers are averaging three goals per game.
They will, however, be looking to improve defensively as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their previous three matches, and they have conceded more goals than two of their title challengers. If they can sort out their leaky defence, then it would be incredibly hard to look past Solihull continuing with their excellent start to the season.
It has been a difficult opening to the season for Fylde, but they remain the second-favourites to win the title this season. They are currently languishing at the bottom end of the top half of the table, and have only won twice. However, they are once again incredibly difficult to beat as their main problem is turning draws into wins. Their recent 4-1 defeat against Woking could be a timely reminder that they have to pick their standard up if they have aspirations of playing in the Football League next season.
The team currently have defensive issues as they have conceded seven goals in their opening five fixtures. However, this seems to be a problem that can easily be fixed judging from their defensive record from last season. They will be towards the top end of the table come the end of the season.
Chesterfield’s second season in the National League saw bookmakers make them the early favourites for promotion. However, the former League Two champions have started the season dreadfully and have already begun to drift out to double digits. They are yet to win a game this season and are languishing in 22nd position.
Drawing games is Chesterfield’s problem as they have drawn three games out of their five so far. They have also had two defeats, but it is already too early to be writing them off for promotion this season. However, they will need to turn these draws into wins if they have any chance of climbing the table.