Match Preview :- Sutton Coldfield Town - Saturday December 2nd, 2017 (15:00:00)

On Saturday, Celtic return to league action when we travel down to Birmingham to face Sutton Coldfield Town (kick off 3pm). Sutton Coldfield are currently bottom of the league in twenty-fourth on sixteen points, two places and four points behind Celtic, having also played three games more. There will be a match centre, Twitter feed and radio commentary for this show – barring any technical difficulties!

Sutton have won four games this season, two at home and two away. Their most recent game was a win, beating Farsley 1-0 in Farsley. In their last five home games, they've lost four and drawn one, picking up a point against Whitby back in mid-October. Their last home win was a 2-1 victory over Buxton; you have to go back to the first game of the season for their only other home win. In eleven matches, they have had three draws, two wins and six losses, including a 6-0 defeat to Barwell.

Half of their twenty-one goals have been scored by Gurjit Singh, who has ten goals, seven of them at home, he has scored more at home than the rest of the team combined. On average they score 0.9 goals per game (1.1 at home), whilst conceding 2.7 goals per game (2.6 at home). They have conceded sixty-two goals this season, twenty-eight of them at home. They are especially vulnerable in the last five minutes, conceding ten during this period. They have conceded more goals this season than any other team, by some distance.

We've been to Sutton Coldfield once before, two years ago almost to the day, when they knocked us out of the FA Trophy with a 1-0 in a game largely devoid of any football from either team.

In their last match, the 1-0 away defeat over Farsley, Sutton Coldfield lined up as: 1. Nick Draper 2. Tyler Lyttle 3. Zak Martin 4. Lee Smith 5. Michael Towensend 6. Matt Baker 7. Matt Walters 8. Reece Webb 9. Danny O'Callagahan 10. Andy Birch 11. Gurjit Singh Celtic's last match was the 2-1 away defeat in the FA Trophy to Blyth Spartans. In that match, Celtic lined up as: 1. Joe Slinn 2. Oliver Crowley 3. Lee Neville 4. Danny Morton 5. Luke Ashworth 6. Alex Honeyball 7. Theo Bailey-Jones 8. Jake Charles 9. Liam Dickinson 10. Matty Wolfenden 11. Connor Hughes This game is between the team with the worst home record in the league, against the team with the worst away record in the league; something will have to change. A win for Celtic could see us rise two places to twentieth, whilst a loss could see us drop a place to twenty-third. Celtic have yet to win on the road this season, but despite the artificial pitch, this game could see Celtic finally break a run stretching back to the end of October 2016, which was the last time we won away on a Saturday: away at Bradford Park Avenue. Other games this weekend: Ashton United (35pts 6th) v Rushall Olympic (25pts 18th)
Buxton (29pts 12th) v Barwell (27pts 16th)
Halesowen Town (20pts 23rd) v Whitby Town (24pts 19th)
Hednesford Town (29pts 13th) v Farsley Celtic (36pts 5th)
Lancaster City (30pts 11th) v Matlock Town (28pts 14th)
Mickleover Sports (31pts 10th) v Altrincham (41pts 1st)
Nantwich Town (22pts 20th) v Coalville Town (26pts 17th)
Shaw Lane (38pts 4th) v Warrington Town (40pts 2nd)
Stafford Rangers (28pts 15th) v Marine (20pts 21st)
Witton Albion (32pts 8th) v Grantham Town (38pts 3rd)
Workington (33pts 7th) v Stourbridge (31pts 9th)

Distance: 99
Time: 2 hours

Take the M60 to junction 4 (M56) and join the M56.
Stay on the M56 for 7 miles leaving at junction 7.
Join the A556 following signs for the M6.
After 4 miles, join the M6 southbound.
Stay on the M6 for 50 miles to the M6 Toll and join the Toll Road.
Stay on the M6 Toll for 17 miles to junction T3 (A38, Sutton Coldfield).
At the roundabout, turn left (exit 1 of 3) onto the A38.
After a mile, at the roundabout, turn left (1 of 6) onto A453 (Tamworth Road).
After 2 miles, at the roundabout, turn left (1 of 3) onto A5127 (Lichfield Road).
After a mile, at the roundabout, turn right (2 of 3) onto Upper Holland Road.
After half a mile, at the roundabout, turn left (1 of 4) onto Coles Lane.
The club is on the left between houses.