Cambridge just glad to be playing
Cambridge United finally get to play a game of football on Tuesday for the first time since 1st February. The U's have suffered many postponements recently due to the weather and no doubt will be looking forward to getting their promotion bid back on track.
Gary Brabin's side are currently in sixth place, two points behind Torquay who occupy the last play-off place, but the U's have played a match more. Tuesday's opponents Kidderminster Harriers are one place and one point behind Cambridge in the Blue Square Premier table but the Harriers have a game in hand.
Cambridge's form away from the Trade Recruitment Stadium has been very inconsistent this season. In their 14 matches on the road they have won just three but have only lost four as they have drawn half of their away matches so far. Although last time out United were 2-1 victors away at Nene Park against Rushden & Diamonds.
Kidderminster on the other hand have on the most part been impressive at Aggborough this season winning 11 of their 16 home matches and losing just three. However, one of the three defeats was in their last match on Sunday when lowly Northwich Victoria, who had won just once since October, left with the three points after a 2-1 win.
With both sides inconsistencies and Cambridge's no doubt rustiness due to a lack of games, the draw at 23/10 looks to be the bet in the match betting. Kidderminster are priced at 13/10 for the win with an away success available at 8/5.
In the correct score betting 1-1 would be the preference at 11/2, though 2-2 at 12/1 is also plausible.
In their last seven matches in all competitions both sides have struggled to keep clean sheets. Kidderminster have kept just the one with Cambridge conceding in every match.
Cambridge won the reverse fixture in August 2-1 with Lee McEvilly scoring both of United's goals. However after the big striker struggled for form, failing to find the net since 15th November, manager Gary Brabin let the Welshman return to his former club Rochdale first on loan before completing a permanent switch in the January transfer window.
The away side have certainly shared the goals amongst their whole team this season with McEvilly, despite his departure, still leading the scoring charts with eight league goals. Some of this is down to Gary Brabin not keeping a settled front two but then as a consequence of the strikers not delivering on a regular basis the former Southport manager has had little alternative than to try and shuffle the pack.
At Aggborough Scott Rendell should be leading the line for Brabin. The on-loan Peterborough striker has hit five goals in his 11 matches for the U's this term and should be backed at 2/1 to get himself on the score sheet against Kidderminster. Rendell hit 21 league goals last season for Cambridge before joining their local rivals on loan before signing permanently for the Posh in the summer. So the young striker certainly has the ability to score at this level and he will be keen to remind Darren Ferguson of his talent and help fire Cambridge to promotion.
For Kidderminster it is another striker with Peterborough connections who appeals in the betting in the shape of top-scorer Justin Richards. Richards spent an unhappy spell at London Road in 2006-07 season. He made the step up after being the top-scorer in the Conference the season before for Woking.
Richards is a 5/1 shot to score the first goal of the game and 5/4 to score at anytime. The hitman has scored 11 league goals this season. But of late it has been strike-partner Matthew Barnes-Homer who has been doing the business with goals in his last two league matches. He now also has 11 league goals and is priced at the same odds as Richards in the goal scoring markets.
These two teams look evenly matched as the league table suggests and should provide a competitive and entertaining game which is crucial for both sides' promotiom chances, watch the action live on Setanta Sports 1 from 19:45.