Halifax cannot be taken lightly
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.