Wembley host third-bottom North Greenford in a local derby on Saturday, looking to bounce back from their 2-1 loss away at Flackwell Heath last time out.
The Lions currently sit 8th in the table after 13 games and will see this game as an opportunity to move up to sixth place. In their last six league games, they have won three and lost three, so manager Ian Bates will be hoping for a consistent run of form in the build-up to the New Year.
The hosts are still yet to draw a game this season with seven wins and six losses from their 13 league games with a fluctuating run of form.
Vale Farm and Berkeley Fields, the two home grounds of these sides, are separated by just a mile and a half. Looking back to last season’s fixture, in which two red cards were brandished, NGU went home all 3 points from a 6-1 victory.
Wembley have played four more games than their opponents and are, therefore, 12 points better off, meaning North Greenford would need to win all their games in hand to catch up with Wembley.
After finishing 14th last season, Wembley have made a promising start this time around and are already only two wins behind their win total from the entirety of last year. Wembley’s home form has been much superior to their away record, which gives them a slight edge on Saturday. They have won three home games on the trot and six out of eight.
Greenford finished 5th last season but have suffered a poor start to this campaign with just two wins so far. However, it is important to note that they have only played nine games, putting them several games behind all other teams in the division.
On the other hand, North Greenford have lost three and drawn three away from home this season, meaning they are winless on their travels.
Ian Bates’ side hone a neutral goal difference with 21 goals conceded and scored, epitomising their steady and levelled start to the season.
The Lions’ 21 goals have come from 12 different scorers this season, showing a wide distribution of the team getting themselves on the scoresheet. But Joshua Blaize-Carr is the top scorer with five league goals in just nine appearances – only 7 of which he has started.
Although, Blaize-Carr netted four of his five goals in two games in the middle of August. In fact, all his goals came within 13 days in August, and he is yet to score since then. His last start came on the 1st of October, meaning Wembley are looking for him to return to form or someone else to step up to get them back on track and scoring goals on a regular basis.
The Blues boast a +2 goal difference, having scored 17 and conceded 15. Charlie Mitchell is their top scorer in the league, with six goals in seven league games. Wembley will be looking to keep a close eye on him to stop him from adding to his tally.
The contest will likely be a feisty North-west London derby on Saturday, with the visitors searching to get back on track whilst the Lions strive to improve on their impressive home record.
This preview was written by Ben Roberts, a 1st year student studying BA (Hons) Multi-Media Sports Journalism at locally based University Campus of Football Business – Wembley.