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Weekend Preview

Preview of the games taking place across Greater Manchester this weekend.

In the National League, Salford City welcome Havant & Waterlooville to the Peninsula Stadium for the first time this weekend. The Ammies have been in tremendous form of late and are unbeaten in their last 19 games, including Tuesday’s win over Harrogate Town. A win for Salford could see them top the table dependant on results at Leyton Orient. 

FC United travel to York City’s Bootham Crescent on Saturday looking to bounce back from defeat in the FA trophy to Hereford. FC will be looking to grab all three points against a York City side who have not won in the league since September. 

Ashton United and Curzon Ashton are not in action this weekend due to their opponents playing in FA Cup Second round ties.

As for the Football League and Premier league Clubs, Bury host Luton Town at Gigg Lane in the FA Cup second round. With the advantage of being at home, the Shakers will hope they can be in the hat for the next round. 

Oldham Athletic will make the 255-mile trip down to the Gallagher Stadium this weekend, visiting Maidstone FC with the hope of reaching the third round of the cup. Oldham will be hoping for a victory against a side struggling in the National League, sitting third from bottom. 

It’s derby day at the University of Bolton stadium this weekend as Bolton Wanderers face Wigan Athletic for the first time in 3 years. Both sides have not been in a great run of form, with the Latics only winning one of their last six and Bolton have not winning in in their last six. This will be a game both sides want to win, not only to claim local bragging rights but to try and steer clear of the Championship relegation zone heading into the Christmas period. 

Manchester United travel to St.Mary’s in the late kick off this Saturday to play struggling Southampton FC. United enjoyed their last visit to the south coast, with Marcus Rashford scoring a late winner to claim the three points. The Saints, who begin this weekend in the relegation zone, will be hoping to win come Saturday evening, for the first time since early September. United’s women’s team heads down to Lewes FC on Sunday for a 2pm kick off as they look continue their reign at the top of the FA Women’s Championship. After scoring 8 last week against Millwall Lionesses, the reds are a team high in confidence to keep building upon their 39-strong goal difference.  

Closer to home, both Manchester City senior teams play in home fixtures. The women’s team feature in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday at the Academy stadium against Arsenal, who have scored 37 goals in just nine games. Both teams are unbeaten this season in the WSL, with City winning six of their first nine games. 

Across the road, the men’s team host Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium at 3pm on Saturday. In the last three meetings between the sides at the Etihad, Premier League Champions City have scored 13 times against the Cherries. And with City scoring 17 times at home in November, Bournemouth maybe in for a long afternoon in Manchester. 

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