Billericay vs Leatherhead predictions for Thursday’s FA Cup clash at New Lodge. A second 90 minutes (plus more perhaps) is needed to separate this Isthmian league pair; who makes it through to the second round? Continue reading below to see our tips for this match.
Billericay vs Leatherhead:Leatherhead +2
Both Teams To Score
Billericay vs Leatherhead:Draw 1-1
When the pair met less than two weeks ago, it was a tight affair, just as the 1-1 score-line suggests. Having taken the lead inside the opening 25 minutes, Leatherhead failed to do too much of note for the rest of the contest, though, despite having a few promising moments, one of which resulted in the awarding of a penalty that was tucked away for the equaliser, Billericay didn’t exactly cause the hosts lots of trouble. Another close encounter could be on the cards this time around.
With this match being on home soil, it’s no surprise to see the Essex side come in as favourites, but the fact that they’re as short as 2/7 is a surprise. Billericay have thrived at home this season, while Leatherhead haven’t exactly enjoyed their time away from home of late; however, even with this being the case, it’s hard to think that the hosts are worthy of such long odds-on favouritism.
Leatherhead showed that they could compete against the likes of Billericay in the initial tie, and, although doing so away will be tougher, they might just be up to putting in a similar performance this time round. What’s more, when the teams met at this venue in the league just a month ago, the hosts secured a narrow 1-0 victory – not exactly a result that suggests they’ll stroll to victory on this occasion. At the prices, backing ‘Leatherhead +2 Handicap’ is the best option, while ‘Both Teams to Score’ also stands out.
Billericay are a team who certainly enjoy playing on home soil – the Essex club have won each of their last 12 at home – but performances of late have suggested that they’re not quite infallible. The hosts may have won each of their last 12 at home, but they’ve now gone six home matches without a clean sheet. For all they are strong going forward, there are undoubtedly defensive deficiencies that can be exploited, so there’s hope for Leatherhead.
The visitors are on a bit of a bad run away from home, having lost each of their last three on the road, but they were unbeaten in three prior to that, while they can draw upon the positive experience of matching this Billericay team stride for stride not two weeks ago. On top of this, Leatherhead have scored at least once in each of their last four, as well as in eight of their last ten. Against a Billericay side who’ve struggled to shut teams out of late, the visitors should back themselves to get forward and score on Thursday night.
In fairness, Billericay are deserving of their favourites tag, but, to be honest, against a team from their own division, one who went toe-to-toe with them and survived recently, they’re far too short in the betting. Both teams can find the back of the net once again, but backing Leatherhead with a two-goal start is too good to resist at the prices.
As of late, these two have turned out to be regular acquaintances, playing each other no under five times since 2016. Of those five matches, both Billericay and Leatherhead have won two each.
Billericay versus Leatherhead Stats
These two teams have kept only one clean sheet between them in their last ten matches consolidated.
Billericay Team News
Billericay aren’t required to have any new staff worries ahead of this fixture. Veteran and ex-Premier League player Paul Konchesky as of late came back from suspension. Having fallen off the seat to score the equalizer in the original tie, Billy Bricknell could roll in from the start.
Leatherhead Team News
Leatherhead are also anticipated that would be with no new damage/suspension concerns.