PREVIEW | Wrexham v Ebbsfleet United

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 16 Nov 2017

Wrexham v Ebbsfleet United

Date: 18/11/2017

Kick-Off: 15:00

Location: My Racecourse

Competition: Vanarama National League

Wrexham return to the Racecourse after three weeks away as we welcome Daryl McMahon's Ebbsfleet United to North Wales.

Wrexham come into the game on the back of just one loss in our last fourteen games in the National League, and having overcome Chester FC away from home in our most recent outing. We met our cross-border rivals at the Deva Stadium last week on a chilly Wednesday evening live in front of the BT Sport cameras with Shaun Pearson's header right on the stroke of half-time seperating the sides. A massive three points and our first win over Chester in their own backyard since they reformed, the Dragons will be looking to take that momentum into Saturday's game against Ebbsfleet.

Our opponents travel to North Wales on the back of an impressive win over Leyton Orient live on BT Sport last weekend and with have played out more draws than any other side in the National League this season. The Fleet currently sit 11th in the table and know that victory in North Wales could take them into a playoff spot. Last week's win over Orient - which later saw boss Steve Davis leave the club - was a great way to bounce back from their FA Cup First Round exit to the hands of Doncaster Rovers, who ran out 2-6 winners at Stonebridge Road. 

Wrexham midfielder Akil Wright has enjoyed a successful run in the side as of late and has put in some quality performences to remain in the starting XI. The 21-year old on loan from Fleetwood Town has shown terrific ability in the middle of the park breaking up play and not shying away from any challenges. The middle-man has shown great strength for a player of his age and is growing in ability and experience game on game.

As for Ebbsfleet, forward Danny Kedwell has been in great form with four goals in his last eight games for the Fleet, including goals in his last two outings. His strike against Orient last weekend proved to be vital in the 2-1 win whilst he also got himself on the scoresheet at home to Doncaster in the FA Cup. The 34-year old has eight goals to his name this term and has great experience with the likes of Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon, winning promotion to League Two via the playoffs in 2011 with the Dons. 

Wrexham and Ebbsfleet have met on ten occasions over the last nine years, the first meeting being played out in September 2008. We met at the Racecourse with the Dragons running out 3-2 winners through a Jefferson Louis brace and Simon Brown's penalty. Of our ten games, Wrexham have five wins, three draws whilst the Fleet have recorded two victories.

The biggest margin of victory between us falls in the favour of Wrexham, who smashed Ebbsfleet 0-5 in Kent in March 2013 with goals from Mathias Pogba, an Andy Morrell brace, Stephen Leslie and Jake Speight from the penalty spot. Our last meeting came in March 2013 where Dele Adebola, Brett Ormerod, Kevin Thornton and Rob Ogleby all netted in the first half in a 4-1 victory at the Cae Ras, a game in which Reds boss Dean Keates played 68 minutes before being replaced by Glen Little. 

Wrexham defender James Jennings was forced off with a knock in the Cross-Border Derby and will be assesed ahead of this weekend, whilst James Hurst who has missed out in recent weeks will also be looked at. 

Can't make it to My Racecourse? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM, the TuneIn app, 105fm or online. You can also access live text commentary on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC. Following the game, you can catch our highlights on YouTube - 'Wrexham AFC'.

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