Halifax Town vs. Chesterfield Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 24, 2022 20:45 CET
The playoff in the National League begins on Monday, and two quarter-final games will be played first.
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Halifax finished last season in 10th place, and this season they go a step forward with a 4th place finish. Above all expectations. Their manager Pete Wild, who is only 37 years old, create a very good group of players. They lost some key players during the last summer, but they managed to cover that and be far better than the last season.
Their strength is a great defense. Halifax conceded the fewer goals in the division – 35, and they kept 19 clean sheets which is the second-best in the league, and only Stockport has more clean sheets.
Halifax finishes the season in solid form with five wins in the last ten games. They were in a fight for the 3rd place until the end because 3rd place goes directly into the semi-final of the playoffs, but they picked up only one point in the last two games.
Another Halifax strength is their record at their stadium. Halifax is the best home team in National League, and they have won 53 points at The Shay Stadium. An interesting fact – 14 of their 19 clean sheets come at home. So, Halifax is at a different level when they play at home.
⚽️ TRAINING TAKEOVER |
— FC Halifax Town (@FCHTOnline) May 23, 2022
A very turbulent season for Chesterfield. They were the league leaders until January, but some unexpected things happened at the club. The manager James Rowe, who create this squad and dig them up from the relegation fight, leaves the club because of some off-pitch issues with the law. After that, their top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga, who was the league’s top scorer with 24 goals at the half of the season, suffered a horrible injury and finished the season. Chesterfield started to fall apart after that.
They had won only five games in the last 19 since the start of February, and they slipped from the 1st to the 7th place on the table. They somehow manage to keep their place in the playoffs by one point.
They are in a run of four games without a win, and they failed to score in the last three games. Chesterfield was unable to score in 8 games this season, and six from that number they registered since Tshimanga was injured in February. They scored 1.85 goals per game with Tshimanga in contrast to only 1.12 since he is injured. Their second-best top scorer is Joe Quigley, who scored seven goals and six from that number when he played for Yeovil until January.
Chesterfield was relegated from League Two three years ago, and not that a long ago, they were in League One playoffs in the 2014/15 season.
They won only one of the last nine games away from home.
— Chesterfield FC (@ChesterfieldFC) May 23, 2022
They have played eight times since 2018. Halifax had won four games, Chesterfield two, and two games were finished with a draw. Five games were finished with under 2.5 goals.
Halifax Town vs. Chesterfield Prediction
We think that Halifax is in a much better form and situation than Chesterfield is. So, we will back them. In the National League’s playoff, you play only one game in the quarter-final and semi-final and the team who finished the season in a better position is the host. Halifax will play at their stadium, where they are a totally different team.
Chesterfield has played like a middle table team since the start of February, and they are lucky to keep their place in the playoffs at first.
Prediction: Halifax to win
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