Cambridge City travel to Bedford on Boxing Day for what is sure to be a hard fought local derby.
City go into the game encouraged by their 1-1 draw over high flying Bromsgrove Sporting at the weekend whilst Bedford lost 3-2 against Sutton Coldfield Town.
The Lilywhites looked a different proposition on Saturday with the return of striker Josh Oyinsan who impressed after missing the last 4 games through suspension. On the down side, both Isaac Maynard and Ryan Sharman came off injured on Saturday so will be assessed ahead of the game to see if they are fit enough for selection.
Bedford currently sit in 8th position in the league, 3 points ahead of City and have games in hand over many teams in the division. This in the main has been due to their FA Trophy exploits, and last week the Eagles demolished Aldershot Town 7-1 although the opponents did field many youngsters for the contest. An impressive result none the less. The match will also see Ebby Nelson-Addy renew acquaintances with City after the midfielder joined Bedford from the Lilywhites earlier this season.
Bedford form guide:
Although they have games in hand, Bedford have had a few indifferent results of late. Prior to their defeat against Sutton Coldfield on Saturday, the Eagles narrowly beat struggling North Leigh 3-2 on 8 December. They won at home to Dunsable Town prior to that but they have also suffered defeats against Thame United and Didcot Town in the last month.
Boxing Day, and more than a hint of a return to form for City following the performance on Saturday, and the prediction panel have more confidence ahead of the game. Hereís what they had to say:
"It was a good point against Bromsgrove on Saturday, and we could have easily won the game if we had put our chances away. Boxing Day at Bedford will be a tough game for us as they are strong, and have spent a lot of money improving their squad. We should take heart from the fact we beat them 3-2 earlier this season, and I liked what I saw on Saturday. If we can produce it again, then I see City sneaking it 1-0".
"With the new players bedding in well and how the team have played in the last two, I have a feeling we can win at Bedford. It wonít be easy, but itís all about keeping the same level of performance, and if we can do that and play like we did Saturday and as long as we convert our chances I am going for a 3-1 win to City".
Going to the game:
Kick-off is at 3:00pm
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