Eastleigh return to the Silverlake Stadium for the second successive weekend this time to face Maidenhead United in the 31st matchday of the Vanarama National League on Saturday 18th February with a 3pm kick-off. Preview in association with Unibet. 

Eastleigh:

The Spitfires responded to their FA Trophy exit last weekend in perfect fashion in midweek by defeating fellow promotion-chasers Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0 away from home.

That result was the first time this season Eastleigh have recorded consecutive away victories and though the Spitfires’ home form has largely been the reason Eastleigh currently sit in ninth position, the Spitfires have lost two of their last three at the Silverlake Stadium in all competitions.

Despite that, Eastleigh are only outside the play-off positions due to goal difference and are currently level with seventh-placed Boreham Wood with 44 points.

Danny Whitehall returned to the scoresheet against the Daggers and extended his lead at the top of the Spitfires’ goal charts with his 11th¬†of the campaign.

Maidenhead United:

Maidenhead United also exited the FA Trophy last weekend falling on penalties to Halifax Town.

The Magpies have struggled recently in the league too, winning just one of their last 10 matches and have picked up just six points since the reverse fixture against Eastleigh in November.

Despite this, Maidenhead United are unbeaten in their previous two matches away from home winning at York before being forced to share the points with Bromley after being pegged back by an 83rd-minute equaliser.

Last time out there was even later heartbreak for the Magpies as they saw their early lead overhauled in the 90th minute by Southend United eventually losing 2-1.

Emile Acquah is the visitors’ top scorer this season with nine goals this campaign, while in second is Charlee Adams with just four goals, which is indicative on the league table as the Magpies sit precariously in 16th position just four points and five places off the drop zone having played more matches than five of the teams below them.

Previous Meetings:     

The fixture has taken place 26 times previously and has been one largely dominated by Eastleigh with the Spitfires winning 15 and losing just eight times. However, in the reverse fixture earlier this Acquah and Reece Smith scored either side of a Charlie Carter goal to give the Magpies all three points at York Road. 

Last Five Meetings:    

19/11/2022: Maidenhead United 2-1 Eastleigh

05/02/2022: Maidenhead United 2-2 Eastleigh  

30/10/2021: Eastleigh 1-0 Maidenhead United 

05/04/2021: Maidenhead United 0-1 Eastleigh  

05/12/2020: Eastleigh 0-1 Maidenhead United 

By Sajidur Rahman