Gander Green Lane is the venue for Sutton versus Harrogate this weekend. A win is vital for both teams, as it may just act as the turning point towards survival.
The U’s have been disappointing this campaign and they currently reside at the bottom of League Two. They’ve only won three times in 20 matches, losing 12. Matt Gray’s biggest problem is how poor his side are defensively, and they boast the joint worst goals conceded per game average, two. Sutton also underperform in front of goal, netting just 1.3 times per game on average.
However, Sutton are surprisingly unbeaten in their last five League Two matches, drawing each of their last four. The most recent of those in the league was the 1-1 home draw versus fifth place Crewe. The visitors dominated but the hosts showed great character and put their bodies on the line to collect a point.
The Suplhurites have been uninspiring this season and they have struggled for consistency. After 20 games, Harrogate are currently in 16th place, winning seven times and losing on ten occasions. Simon Weaver’s biggest issue is within the final third, with his side scoring just 20 goals, the second lowest amount in League Two. Most of their points have been collected due to their solid defensive unit, which has conceded just 1.35 goals per game on average.
They showed togetherness and character last time out, as they held Wrexham to a 2-2 draw at home. The visitors took a two goal lead, but Harrogate were clinical and bounced back to claim a point.
Sutton have won three times in 11 home matches, and they are much stronger at home than they are on the road. However, that is a complete contrast to Harrogate, who have the fifth best away record, winning 50% of their away trips. Based on the statistics, this tie should be low scoring, with fine margins deciding the outcome.
The final prediction is Sutton 0-1 Harrogate.