Preview: Ebbsfleet United

A look ahead to tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup tie.


Next up is arguably the biggest test so far this season, as the Rebels face a trip to Kent to face National League side Ebbsfleet United, who will provide Scott Davies’ men with a challenging test, with the winner progressing to the Emirates FA Cup first round proper, writes Freddie Gatrell.

Last season, Ebbsfleet comfortably won the National League South title, with a margin of 20 points between them and second-placed Dartford, setting a club record in the process with the most points and goals ever recorded in their history, with 110 goals scored and 103 points accumulated in 46 games.

Now competing in the National League, United have had a mixed start to their season, currently sitting in 16th place, having amassed 16 points over their first 15 games.

German-born manager Dennis Kutrieb will be generally satisfied with his side’s performance since returning to National League level for the first time in three years, securing five wins, one draw, and nine losses. Despite this, the Fleet’s recent form has been far from perfect, with them losing four out of their last five games, and their only victory coming at home against Boreham Wood, whom they defeated 3-1. Since then, they have failed to secure three points and will be eager to return to winning ways and reach the next round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Kutrieb has impressed since joining Ebbsfleet back in 2020, breaking club records and building what is becoming a successful project at the club. Having previously only managed in Germany, Kutrieb made the transition to English football look effortless and will be hopeful that he can get the better of Scott Davies’ Rebels, who have not tasted defeat since early September.

Kutrieb’s side will provide a stern test in all parts of the pitch, but in particular, Fleet's number 11, Darren McQueen will have to be closely marshalled by the Rebels' defence. McQueen has provided four goals so far this season, most notably scoring a brace in their 3-1 victory over Boreham Wood at the end of last month. Ebbsfleet are currently without their top scorer, Dominic Poleon, who has netted 7 goals in 8 games, with Kutrieb relying on the 28-year-old McQueen to provide an attacking spark for his side.

Tomorrow’s match will be played at Ebbsfleet’s home ground, Kuflink Stadium where Slough will be hopeful that they can cause an upset and have what it takes to get their name in the hat for Sunday’s first round draw.


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