Saturday 4 May: 3pm
It’s the final day of the regular League Two season and we still don’t know whether it’ll be Macclesfield Town or Notts County who will be relegated to the National League. Macclesfield come into this final game at home to Cambridge United, one place above their rivals with a two-point lead.
Sol Campbell has had a tough start to his career as a manager but he’ll be a hero if Macclesfield Town can avoid relegation to the National League. They were looking doomed when he joined them but their form has picked up since his arrival.
A form guide for the last 15 league games has them in 19th place with 16 points. They come into this final game knowing that if they can avoid a home loss by Cambridge United then another season in League Two will have been secured and it’ll be Notts County who will be relegated. Defeat by United will mean they have to hope County don’t win at Swindon Town and the odds of that happening are 21/10 (3.1) at Bet365.
The odds on Macclesfield being relegated are 8/1 (9.0) if placing your wager with Betfair. It’s not been an easy process getting them off the bottom of the table. Only three of their last 15 league games have been won but there have been seven valuable draws. The collapse of Yeovil Town who are already relegated has helped them too.
Only two of their last nine league games have ended in defeat. Last weekend saw them get an invaluable 1-0 win at Port Vale. They might have thought the win had secured their league place but then had to be told that Notts County had also won.
Their last four home league games have produced six points and their only loss in the eight has been by promotion-chasing MK Dons. Their last home win was over Exeter City with a goal five minutes from time getting them a 3-2 victory. it’s 7/5 (2.4) at SkyBet that they can beat Cambridge United.
The visitors are only a place and three points above their opponents but safe from relegation. A win for Macclesfield will see them overtake United and finish 21st in the table. Cambridge United have had an inconsistent season but always just about kept themselves out of real trouble.
That might not be the case if the league had a few more games to play as their current form is terrible. They have just one point from their last five league games and one win in the last 10. It’s not been the easiest of fixture lists though and their last two away matches have been at Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers who are both in the top seven. The odds on them winning at Macclesfield are 11/5 (3.2) at Paddy Power.
Macclesfield Town have only lost one of their last four games against Cambridge United. The reverse fixture this season ended in a 1-0 win for United. Jabo Ibehre scored the winner and he’s 9/4 (3.25) at William Hill to score in this match.
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Low Scoring Affair
Four of the last five games between these two clubs have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. That stat has come up in four of the last six Macclesfield league games and the odds of it happening in this match are 4/6 (1.66) at Ladbrokes.
Second Half Strike
The last five Macclesfield Town games in which a goal has been scored have seen at least one in the second-half, There are odds of 1/4 (1.25) at BetVictor that there are over 0.5 goals scored in the second-half.
It’s going to be a tense afternoon for Macclesfield Town, especially if Notts County were to go ahead at Swindon. This isn’t the toughest of games that they could have been given for a final-day decider with United out of form and little to play for. A bet on Macclesfield Town to win and over 1.5 goals in the game has odds of 2/1 (3.0) at Coral.