Hal­i­fax can­not be taken lightly

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AWAY from the glare and glam­our of the FA Cup, Mac­cles­field have an op­por­tu­nity to consolidate their play-off po­si­tion this week­end by build­ing upon the re­cent good run which has seen them win three of their last four league con­tests.

They host Hal­i­fax on Satur­day, priced as bet365’s un­der­stand­ably short 5/6 favourites to claim max­i­mum points, al­though closer ex­am­i­na­tion of the visi­tors’ re­cent form sug­gests this will be no cake­walk.

Hal­i­fax might lan­guish to­wards the foot of the ta­ble, but they’ve won four and drawn three of their last seven league matches, form which be­lies their 10/3 start­ing price (BetVic­tor.com).

In­deed, as the pair have drawn three of their last four league meet­ings, it prom­ises to be much tighter than many pun­dits sus­pect and the draw, of­fered at 13/5 by Win­ner.com, has at­tracted steady sup­port, pri­mar­ily from back­ers tak­ing the odds as a form of in­sur­ance.

Else­where, Sky­bet’s 4/6 for the con­test to yield less than 2.5 goals has the look of a nap about it. Lad­brokes chalk 9/1 against it fin­ish­ing goal­less, but Paddy Power’s 6/1 for Mac­cles­field to snatch a 1-0 vic­tory is also worth back­ing in what is likely to be a low-scor­ing duel.

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MAC­CLES­FIELD have ex­tended the loan deal of de­fender Tony Di­agne, who re-joined the club from Lin­coln City in July of last year. The French­man will re­main at the Moss Rose un­til the end of the sea­son.

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