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Gateshead vs Solihull Moors Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
10 May 2024, 08:37

The 2024 FA Trophy final will see two non-league heavyweights, Gateshead and Solihull Moors, go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs in a cup final, given that the previous head to head clashes occurred only in the frameworks of North National League and National League. The teams have a rich history of personal meetings, having played 12 matches, where both teams won 4 times each and 4 times a draw was recorded. Teams have already met this season twice, with Gateshead winning in the first round (2-1) and Solihull being victorious (3-2) in a recent clash at the beginning of March. 

Gateshead vs Solihull Moors 

Gateshead Preview

Gateshead was supposed to meet Solihull Moors earlier, in the National League playoffs, as teams ended their league campaign on 6th and 5th respectively, but Gateshead was removed from the playoffs due to an ownership scandal that emerged amid the start of the playoffs. The team failed to meet the entry criteria for membership to the EFL thus the National League removed them from their planned play-off fixture. With the following upset, Robert Elliott confirmed that the team will do its best preparing for the final against Solihull Moors. Given the memorable Gateshead run for the upcoming clash at Wembley, including the win over Macclesfield (2-1) and Peterborough (3-2), the team is ready to lift its first trophy, after the loss in the previous draw.

Solihull Moors Preview 

Solihull Moors  have enjoyed a remarkable season, reaching the FA Trophy final as well as the National League playoff final - a historic double-header at Wembley. Under the guidance of manager Andy Whing, the Moors have combined a strong defensive foundation with a dynamic attacking approach, making them a formidable opponent. The team's top scorer, Tahvon Campbell, with 15 goals scored in all competitions, has been a revelation, while experienced heads like Richard Stearman and Stephen Ward have provided invaluable leadership for the team. However, this proved to be not enough for the team to reach a promotion - the team dramatically lost to Bromley in a penalty shootout, despite a solid run in the playoff matches (4-2 win over Halifax and 4-0 win over Barnet). After a week from a painful loss to Bromley, the team returns to Wembley stadium to claim their first FA Trophy title. 

Betting Tips for Gateshead vs Solihull Moors

Gateshead Draw No Bet

Gateshead is entering the FA Trophy final for the second consecutive year and the manager confirmed that it will be a fantastic reward for the season to lift the trophy. An additional layer of motivation comes from elimination of the team from the league playoffs, with both squad and coach eager to show their best at Wembley, as Gateshead was expected to be a tough contender for reaching the latest stages of playoffs. For this Gateshead vs Solihull Moors tip, Ladbrokes gives 1.67.

Total Goals Over 2.5

Both teams prefer attacking style of football which is confirmed by recent results. In the case of Solihull Moors, the team’s matches saw more than 2 goals in the last 6 out 7 matches, while Gateshead can’t keep their net clean for 6 consecutive matches. During both head to head matches this season, the games were also productive, with the first-round match ending 2-1 and the recent clash saw 5 goals (3-2). Gateshead vs Solihull Moors odds for this outcome, as defined by WilliamHill, are 1.61.

Total Yellow Cards Under 4.5

Despite that the clashes between the two are always tight contenders, the discipline appears to be at a forefront for both teams. The same will most likely happen at Wembley, where despite the high stakes, both teams will emphasise their advantage by displaying their best game, rather than foul play. Last 5 consecutive matches between Gateshead and Solihull Moors saw less than 5 yellow cards, a trend that will likely continue in the upcoming game. Ladbrokes gives 1.64 for this Gateshead vs Solihull Moors prediction.

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