Saturday’s football action promises to provide bags of drama up and down the country, and we’re hoping it will produce plenty of goals and a return of nearly £50 from a £10 stake courtesy of our BTTS treble.
The outcomes of each game won’t matter. As long as all six teams find the net at some stage, we’ll be celebrating by 5PM.
After landing a Europa League winner on Thursday. Let’s hope for another here.
Stoke City v Bournemouth
Neither Stoke nor Bournemouth have started the campaign in particularly good style, but Saturday’s clash at the stadium will be seen as a winnable fixture by both Mark Hughes and Eddie Howe. This could encourage the two sides to approach the game with an attacking mindset, which will hopefully lead to a game of goals.
The Potters have been far from terrible at home, registering seven points from four games and scoring five times in the process. This is made all the more impressive by the fact they’ve faced Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Frankly, the likes of Jese and Mame Biram Diouf should give the hosts a great chance of finding the net against an away side that has conceded seven on its travels.
Bournemouth’s lack of away goals will be a cause for concern, but Jermain Defoe and co. are capable of punishing a Stoke defence that will be hurting after the big loss at Manchester City. The Cherries should create chances, and we’re backing them to convert at least one.
It could go either way in terms of the outcome, but let’s hope that both teams will score.
Scunthorpe United v Peterborough United
League One side Peterborough have been a firm favourite on the BTTS coupon for a long time, and a return of 23 scored and 19 conceded from 13 league matches underlines the reasons why. As they make the trip to Glanford Park, there’s no reason to think the goals will dry up.
Posh’s last three away games have ended in BTTS winners and the likes of Jack Marriott and Marcus Maddison should give them a good chance of increasing their tally of 12 goals in just six matches on the road. Even if the hosts have only conceded five in seven at home.
Graham Alexander’s men have only scored six goals on home soil themselves. Having said that, the fact that Peterborough are winless in four on the road should provide the hosts with more than enough impetus to grab at least one goal.
Last season’s corresponding fixture ended 1-1. A repeat scoreline on Saturday would suit us just fine.
Swindon Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at Carlisle saw Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe equal the club’s unbeaten away record, and they’ll make the trip to Swindon with high hopes of extending that further still. While we would expect the Chairboys to score, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way against the Robins.
Adebayo Akinfenwa and co. have fired an impressive 14 goals in seven away games, but have shipped nine in that time too. Given that a win could see them climb into the automatic promotion places, the visitors certainly have the incentive to grab their first win in three.
Swindon may have conceded 13 in seven home games, but they do also boast eight goals at the County Ground. Still, the fact that they’ve lost four of seven home games will be a cause for concern against a team that is playing with immense confidence on the road.
Wycombe should be fancied to grab at least a point, but Swindon are more than capable of scoring too. That’s why we’re backing goals.