2014 is well under way and after all the upheaval of the FA Cup replays during the week where goals were everywhere, we are hoping for more of the same over the weekend.
After Ian’s winning BTTS treble on Tuesday he’s decided to give it another shot and have a go at Saturday’s games. He’s just thrown down the gauntlet and challenged me to a £50 head to head for this weekend, of which I’ve agreed of course. Nothing like a bit of rivalry!
Here’s my both teams to score treble for Saturday.
West Ham v Newcastle
Premier League – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 1.62 Betfred
West Ham continue with their relegation battle as they welcome a Newcastle side looking up the table rather than down into the abyss. A huge away win last time out against Cardiff will give the London side a boost as they return to Upton Park but are fully aware that a loss here would ruin all the hard work done in Wales. Newcastle counted themselves unlucky not to get something out of their last game when a disallowed goal could have changed the whole game when Manchester City visited the North East last Sunday which resulted in a 2-0 defeat.
West Ham were looking hopeless before there shock victory last weekend, with everything going against them as injury after injury took their toll on the starting eleven, leaving them with a depleted defence and a non existent front line. The Hammers are on the up though as they welcome back Andy Carroll from injury. We know they are good to concede with James Tomkins, James Collins and Winston Reid all out leaving them with no recognisable centre backs other than Roger Johnson brought in from League One Wolves. The win last week along with Andy Carroll returning has given West Ham a boost and goals should now be easier to come by. Anticipating a score draw.
Chelsea v Manchester United
Premier League – 4.00pm Sunday
Both teams to score odds – 1.8 Betfred
Game of the weekend is on Sunday as Stamford Bridge hosts a clash between two of the biggest sides in the country, Chelsea and Manchester United. Mourinho and his side are genuine contenders this season and the big home games is where the title is likely to be won. United are the visitors and under pressure manager David Moyes needs a win against one of their rivals to ease the mounting pressure.
I really am expecting Chelsea to put on quite the performance here and in doing so, send out a message to their direct rivals that the race is on. The Blues have won their last four matches and have scored in every single home game this season as well as being unbeaten at the Bridge. Eden Hazard is the main threat and will continue to pull the strings as the inside forward on the left, and along with Torres, Oscar, Willian and Mata they have all the fire power they need for an important three points.
The aforementioned under pressure Manchester United manager is desperate for a win and a loss will be another devastating blow for their fans that are used to nothing but success. Three points looks a little too much to ask at Chelsea’s fortress and a draw may be the best they can hope for. United have scored in all but one of their away games this season and have actually won their last three and seem to play far better away from Old Trafford having not lost in seven on their travels. I am predicting a home win but a goal from the Red Devils, possibly from the in form Danny Welbeck.
Gillingham v Swindon Town
League 1 – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 1.67 Betfred
Two sides meet here who are very much in form and will be satisfied with their current league positions but will still want improvement between now and the end of the season. Gillingham are in far better condition after an awful start which saw Martin Allen removed from his position. Swindon are just outside of the play offs and will see that as a realistic aim to make the top six but to do so their away form will need to improve, starting here.
Whenever Gillingham are involved you can usually guarantee goals. Almost three quarters of their games see three goals or more scored and seven of their last nine games have seen BTTS land. Results and performances have improved after their atrocious start and the Gills last game at the Priestfield Stadium saw them overcome league favourites Wolves in a 1-0 win. Gillingham play a lot better at home and I can see another score draw taking place.
Swindon will be confident knowing that Gillingham have conceded in all but two of their games at home this season. The Robins are never short of goals either, and what looks great for us is that they too have been involved in plenty of games where BTTS has landed- Six of their last eight games have seen the market fulfilled and with Gillingham conceding so often i cannot see either side ending the game with a clean sheet.