With the transfer window shut and no cup football to distract us, this weekend’s attentions are fully focused on goals, goals, goals across England’s top five divisions.
More specifically, we’ve picked out three games where we expect both teams to score. The treble pays out at just over 4/1, and would be a great way to build some profit at the start of what is set to be a hectic month ahead.
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Local rivals West Brom and Stoke are both enjoying fantastic Premier League seasons, and will each enter Saturday’s showdown at the Hawthorns with every reason to believe they can seal the points. Whatever happens, we can be sure that the two sides will provide 90 minutes of passion.
Saido Berahino’s recent switch to Stoke should add extra spice to this contest, but even if he doesn’t grab the headlines, there’s every reason to think we could see goals. The Baggies 21 goals in just 11 home games this term, and Tony Pulis would love to see his side increase that tally against his former employers. Given that Stoke have shipped 20 on the road, home goals look likely.
Stoke are no pushovers, though, and boast 14 goals on their travels. With that additional firepower provided by the new signing, combined with West Brom’s 14 goals against at home, Mark Hughes can be equally optimistic about securing an important three points.
Both of the meetings in the 2016 calendar year ended in BTTS winners. Expect that run to continue in this first meeting of 2017.
BTTS Yes @ 10/11
Leyton Orient v Carlisle United
Despite their best efforts, the wheels haven’t yet fallen off of Carlisle’s push for automatic promotion and a win at struggling Leyton Orient would give Keith Curle’s men a massive boost. Having said that, they shouldn’t expect things all their own way at Brisbane Road.
The hosts have only scored 12 goals in 14 home games and lost Jay Simpson in January, but they will be enthused by Carlisle’s recent form, as well as the 21 goals they’ve shipped on their travels. Meanwhile, the change of management could give them the boost needed to make the net ripple here.
Like Orient, Carlisle lost their best striker. However, they should be confident about finding the target against a team that sits in the relegation zone. Besides, their last 10 competitive games have ended in BTTS winners, so there’s no reason to doubt their potential for another.
The sides have already shared a 2-2 draw at Brunton Park this season. Let’s hope there will be goals, goals, goals once more.
BTTS Yes @ 4/6
Woking v Solihull Moors
Goals have been a common theme at the Kingfield this term, with 46 goals being shared evenly between Woking and their various opponents in just 15 games. As they National League side take on Solihull, there’s no reason to think the action will dry up on Saturday.
Tuesday’s 3-0 loss was a rare league blank for Garry Hill’s hosts, but Tranmere are a strong side and the Cards should have a far better chance against Solihull. They certainly boast potential danger in the form of Gozie Ugwu and Fabio Saraiva.
Solihull have shipped 21 goals on their travels, but they’ve also scored 16 in those 15 matches. Meanwhile, the fact they’re unbeaten in four away games should give the visitors a heightened sense of confidence.
Both teams are fairly evenly matched, as was shown in the 2-2 reverse draw. Another score draw isn’t unlikely.
BTTS Yes @ 4/6
A £10 treble returns £53.30