Our both teams to score treble as outlined below, involves two Premier League ties and a fixture from the Championship. Earlier in the season we avoided England’s elite league as goals became sparse but we are now seeing score lines which very much whet our appetite here at Goals Galore.
Fulham v Chelsea – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 10/11 – William Hill
We kick off our treble as Craven Cottage hosts the South West London derby as Chelsea take on Fulham where both sides have plenty on the line and a win would contribute hugely to how each of these sides seasons will finish in the table come May.
Rock bottom of the league is Fulham who have had a disastrous season under new Chairman, Shahid Khan. In his first campaign as Fulham’s owner, the Pakistan born billionaire is already on his third manager, Felix Magath, who takes charge of his first home game in charge of the West London club and is under no illusions of what the Cottagers have to do to get out this mess- and that is to win games. Fulham have not tasted victory in seven games now and a victory over title challengers Chelsea seems out of the question but a goal does not. Just once this season at home have Fulham failed to score and with the side desperate for points, I can see enough attacking play to get a goal. Possibly through record signing Kostas Mitroglou who is expected to make his first start for the Lilywhites.
Jose Mourinho and his side return from a trip to Turkey where they came away with a 1-1 draw and that important away goal as they took on Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray. It is back to league business here and with a squad such as theirs; rotation will be used to replace international stars with international stars. Chelsea are in a great position to win the title this season and despite Jose’s claims that the Blue’s aren’t contenders, they quite clearly are. Chelsea are undefeated in 12 league games now and i cannot see that ending at Craven Cottage. I am predicting a 2-2 or 3-2 away win.
Southampton v Liverpool – 5.30pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 1/2 – William Hill
St Mary’s hosts a tie between two sides who have surpassed most pundits expectations this season, with both results and performances. Liverpool have Champions League aspirations by finishing fourth and Southampton are looking to build on what they have done so far this season to set them up for an even more successful campaign next year.
Southampton really are enjoying their second season back in the Premier League and after strong performances throughout the season they will probably be a little disappointed that they aren’t higher in the table as they sit ninth place in the league I am confident with the Saints being at home that they will score on Saturday, as they have done in each of their last 17 games and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a similar result to the 2-2 that was played out here against Arsenal one month ago.
When it comes to goals, Liverpool have things well and truly covered. When Luis Suarez hits a dry run of form which is rare enough, Daniel Sturridge steps up to find the back of the net for the Reds- and that is exactly what is happening right now. Pool have scored in each of their last 17 matches and there is no reason why this run may not continue past this weekend. Almost three quarters of their games, see three goals or more at either end. The Merseysiders have scored in all but one away game all season and this market seems the obvious choice on the South coast.
Nottingham Forest v Wigan – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 19/20 – William Hill
The Championship is our final destination for our treble and we have a cracking tie as two clubs vie for promotion back to England’s elite league. Nottingham Forest hold home advantage as well as six points over their opposition. Wigan though have gone from strength to strength since they changed managers from Owen Coyle to Uwe Rosler and will be confident of coming away from the City Ground with all three points.
On average Nottingham Forest score almost two goals a game at home, which has left them with the fourth best home record in the division. At present Forest are on track for a Play Off place however a good run of games could see them challenging for an automatic spot. Last weekend the Tricky Trees did suffer a set back losing 3-1 to second placed Burnley and so a win here is even more important as they look to bounce back. The Reds have scored a goal in each of their last 11 matches and I am predicting it will be 12 by Saturday night.
Wigan are currently in the best run of form they have managed all season as Uwe Rosler sets down his mark on the team. The loan signing of Ryan Tunnicliffe this week will only boost morale at the club and with four wins in a row in all competitions, things are looking far better for Wigan as they aim for a Play off spot. An away trip to Nottingham Forest is a tough one but both Wigan and us here at Goals Galore will take confidence in the stats that Forest have conceded in each of their last five league games with all landing BTTS. The Lactics look good for at least a goal and maybe more.