Salford City will be aiming to continue their push for a playoff place this weekend as they are set to host Doncaster at the Peninsula Stadium.
The hosts come into this tie sitting in the final playoff place in League Two, having amassed 56 points from their 36 league games so far this season. In what is a very congested top half of the table, there are less than ten points separating Salford in 7th place and Tranmere in 13th place.
The Ammies’ recent form has been inconsistent as they have recorded impressive victories against Mansfield and Newport however they have failed to take advantage of easier games, failing to beat the likes of Harrogate, Tranmere and Crewe.
Last time out, Salford were unexpectedly defeated by Crewe in a highly entertaining game. Salford took a 3-2 lead with five minutes left as Stephen Mallan struck, but Connor O'Riordan levelled for the hosts in the 88th minute before Agyei netted the winner in the 90th minute of the game.
Salford’s attacking quality has been evident throughout this campaign and the Ammies have the best goalscoring record in the league, having netted 54 times in their 36 league games this season. Only Carlisle have scored 3+ goals in more League Two games this season than Salford who have on 7 occasions, including their last two league games.
Doncaster currently occupy 12th place in the League Two table, having gained 50 points from their 35 league games so far this campaign. Rovers are just six points behind Salford and have a game in hand, so a win this weekend could bring them within touching distance of the playoff places.
Danny Schofiled’s side have produced some inconsistent displays in recent weeks. Rovers recorded three back-to-back wins in February against Tranmere, Swindon and Barrow however followed this up by going four games without a win, losing to the likes of Bradford, Sutton and Harrogate.
Last time out, Doncaster welcomed AFC Wimbledon to the Eco-power Stadium. Goals from Harrison Biggins and George Miller saw Rovers fight back to lead after falling behind to a Josh Davison effort. It was a game where Doncaster showed a clinical edge in front of goal with the chances they did create, before standing up valiantly to the pressure of the visitors in the second half.
There has only been one prior meeting between these sides in the Football League, which came in the reverse fixture at the beginning of the campaign. On that occasion, Doncaster were able to come from behind to record a 2-1 victory thanks to a Kyle Hurst brace.
Salford are odds-on home favourites ahead of this clash @ 10/11, whilst an away win for Doncaster is currently priced @ 3/1. Under 2.5 goals is currently priced @ 4/6, and over 2.5 goals is priced @ 11/10.
We are backing over 3.5 goals because both of these sides have attacking quality combined with defensive frailties. Salford have the best offensive record in League Two having netted 54 goals this season, whilst Doncaster have the worst defensive record in the top half of the table, having conceded 46 times.