Let down by a lack of victories on the road, Kidderminster failed to make the play-offs last term but bookmakers expect them to make amends this season, BetVictor chalking Harriers up at an odds-on 10/11 to finish in the top five.

Gary Whild’s side are also 6/1 with bet365 to gain promotion to the Football League while supporters feeling a touch more confident about their team’s prospects can back them at 12/1 via Stan James to be crowned Vanarama Conference champions and it’s a tasty 25/1 at Skybet for Kidderminster front man Michael Gash to be the division’s top scorer.

Harriers begin the campaign with a tricky trip to Lincoln City, where they will kick off as slight outsiders at 9/5 courtesy of BetVictor. The Imps are Stan James’s 6/4 favourites for the points and it’s 12/5 (bet365) for the spoils to be shared at Sincil Bank, a price that might prove popular given that there’s little between the two in the odds.

Punters persuaded by the potential for stalemate can tackle Ladbrokes’s 18/5 about a score draw, Winner.com offer 11/2 about a 1-1 scoreline and BetVictor mark an enticing 17/4 against both halves ending up all square.

Paddy Power rate Whild’s troops at even money in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market and it’s 9/20 (betway) for them to avoid defeat but buoyed by pre-season optimism, many fans will fancy betting a little more positively.

For them, an away success by a one-goal margin is 19/5 at Ladbrokes, BetVictor chalk odds of 10/1 against a 2-1 Harriers triumph, a result that would be a fillip for those backing both teams to find the net (4/5, Stan James) and it’s 7/2 via William Hill for the visitors to be in front at the end of each half.

In terms of goals meanwhile, bet365 consider Kidderminster to be 11/10 outsiders to break the deadlock.

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