The Boxing Day fixtures promise to provide goals, goals, goals in what is always one of our favourite days of the year. We hope that will be the case in League Two as our three BTTS tips all come from the fourth tier.
Results aren’t important. As long as all six teams find the net at some stage, we’ll be extending the festive celebrations with a tasty 9/2 winner. Here are our selections.
Carlisle United v Accrington Stanley
Three defeats on the spin have seen Accrington fall to seventh in the table and John Coleman will be desperate to spark an improvement in a bid to get their play-off hopes back on track. However, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way as they make the trip to Brunton Park.
The visitors might be in a bad spell of form, but the firepower of Billy Kee and co. has seen them score 15 times on the road. Against a Carlisle side that has won just twice at home, conceding 14 times in 11 games, Stanley are more than capable of scoring.
Keith Curle’s men have disappointed on the results front. However, their last five home league games have produced four BTTS winners. The hosts have scored 16 home goals while the visitors have leaked 18 on their travels. When added to Accrington’s form, a home goal seems likely.
Last year’s corresponding fixture ended 1-1. Do not be surprised if a similar story materialises here.
Chesterfield v Crewe Alexandra
Struggling Chesterfield won’t be happy about entering Christmas Day in the relegation zone, but a home game against Crewe gives them a good opportunity to climb out of it on Tuesday. After winning three on the spin at the Proact, they should be scoring at the very least.
The Spireites have scored eight in their last four home games, and Jack Lester can look to Kristian Dennis for inspiration against an away defence that’s conceded 17 times in 10 away games. While the hosts should score, though, it’s worth noting they’ve registered just one clean sheet in their last eight home league matches.
David Artell’s men have only scored seven away goals, subsequently losing eight times. Still, they should fancy their hopes of increasing this tally against Chesterfield’s poor backline, especially after scoring in five of their last six away games in all competitions.
Both teams will fancy their chances. Whatever way it goes, there should be chances at both ends.
Wycombe Wanderers v Newport County
Goals have been a common feature at Adams Park this term, which is why Gareth Ainsworth’s men have been a common pick on the BTTS coupon. There’s every reason to think we’ll see goals once more as they welcome Newport County.
The Chairboys boast 24 goals in just 11 home games while the quality of Adebayo Akinfenwa, Craig Mackail-Smith, and Eberechi Eze should give them a great chance of success as they aim to keep their promotion hopes alive. Given that Newport have shipped 16 on the road, a home goal looks likely.
Michael Flynn has done a fine job at Rodney Parade, though, and his side enter this one on the back of a five game unbeaten run in all competitions. The trio of Frank Nouble, Padraig Amond, and Shaun McCoulsky have all scored goals this term and the visitors boast 17 on their travels overall.
They may not leave Wycombe with the win, but they can at least score against a home side that’s conceded 16 times already. Without being the highest scoring game of the day, there’s more than enough to fancy a BTTS winner.