Macclesfield Town v Wrexham
Location: Moss Rose
Competition: Vanarama National League
The Dragons are back on the road this weekend where we make the short hop across the county border to face potential title rivals Macclesfield Town. The game is live on BT Sport and a large away following is expected for this eagerly anticipated clash.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of a superb 2-0 victory at home to Maidenhead United last weekend, putting us second in the league and only goals scored separating us from top of the pile Sutton United. A win could put Dean Keates' side in top spot if the U's failed to beat Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. The reds have lost just twice in our last 18 National League matches, one of which came away at Aldershot Town where the Shots ran out 2-0 winners - our last fixture on the road.
Macclesfield currently sit a place below Wrexham and a point adrift, but know a victory on Saturday could put themselves in pole position. They come into the game on the back of three losses in their last eight games in all competitions. Their last victory came on Saturday in a dramatic encounter at Victoria Park. Hartlepool United lead in the first half and with five minutes to go it looked like the Silkmen were to drop points once more, but Ryan Lloyd's effort with minutes to go before Keith Lowe's 90th-minute winners, they took maximum points back from the North-East.
Last weekend Scott Boden was given a place in the starting XI by manager Dean Keates and he repaid the manager with a superb performance. The forward - who comes up against his former side on Saturday - has failed to find the net thus far but has chipped in with some vital work in other key areas. Boden was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet last weekend and where better to finally break your duck than at your former home in what could be at the end of the season a massive game. He's capable of scoring at this level and higher and with striking partner Chris Holroyd (another former Silkman) he could cause some damage to sides.
Two former Wrexham players are in the Macc squad and could come up against their former employer, goalkeeper Shwan Jalal could feature between the sticks on Saturday whilst Elliott Durrell is also in the side having spent 18-months with the Dragons, before falling down a level to the sixth tier. He won't feature on Saturday after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season at Hartlepool so must sit out a one match suspension. Perhaps the standout name for supporters will be that of Gime Toure, affectionately known as 'Jimmy' during his few weeks on trial at the Racecourse. He joined Macclesfield in the summer and is yet to score in his opening 11 National League appearances.
We've met on a number of occasions throughout the years be it in non-league or in the Football League, with Macclesfield edging the head to head statistics. Wrexham have had some good times over the Silkmen such as in October 2014 when a 5-2 hammering at the Racecourse saw us through in the FA Cup which would eventually saw our run end at the third round away to Stoke City. Last season it was the Silkmen with the spoils with two 3-0 wins over ourselves, but things have changed a lot since then...
Centre-half Olly Marx is unavailable having picked up an injury during his loan spell at Rushall Olympic.
Can't make it to Moss Rose? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM (105fm) or Wrexham AFC on Mixlr. You can also access live text commentary on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC. Following the game, you can catch our highlights on YouTube - 'Wrexham AFC'.