Having accrued four points in the last week, Kidderminster have moved into the top five but with Salisbury in 11th spot just three points behind Harriers, it’s clear that the battle for a play-off place will go right to the wire.

Home matches will be crucial for Gary Whild’s men then, especially against opposition in the lower reaches of the table and that means they can ill afford to drop points as they entertain struggling Southport this weekend.

Encouragingly though, bookies feel confident Kidderminster will pick up a maximum haul, BetVictor installing them as 13/20 favourites to see off the Sandgrounders, bet365’s 5/1 outsiders. Stan James meanwhile, post 14/5 against it finishing all square, a price that might attract a few sceptics given that the visitors’ form has picked up of late.

BetVictor offer 15/2 about it finishing one-each at Aggborough, where bet365 rate a score draw at 4/1 but as only Luton and Cambridge have racked up more home wins than Harriers this term, Whild’s charges are hard to oppose.

Kidderminster edged the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October, a result they’re 8/1 (Ladbrokes) to replicate, Stan James make them 7/5 to again lead at the end of each half and any victory by a one-goal margin is a 12/5 chance via Winner.com.

Alternatively, confident home supporters can head to Stan James’s handicaps to back Harriers at 6/4 when starting a goal behind, a win ‘to nil’ is 17/10 courtesy of William Hill and BetVictor chalk Whild’s side up at 15/2 to net twice without reply.

Elsewhere, Kidderminster are just 4/9 (Skybet) to notch first, an opener that’s 9/2 with bet365 to be struck by Michael Gash and betway go 4/5 about both teams finding the net, the same odds Paddy Power post against a match tally of three or more goals.

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