I’ve scoured the fixture list for tomorrow and found my best 3 picks that should be on any Goals Galore acca this Saturday:
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg – 2/5
Frankfurt’s recent home record for Goals Galore is nothing special by any means, but don’t fret! Overall this season they have been a great bet for goals at home with more home games resulting in both teams finding the net than any other Bundesliga team. Today they face off against one of my personal Goals Galore favourites in Wolfsburg.
In Frankfurt’s 16 home league games this season they have failed to score on only 3 occasions and have kept only 2 clean sheets in the process. Over ¾ of their home games this seasons have seen both teams find the back of the net and with the imminent visit of Wolfsburg this weekend, I can only see that percentage increasing.
9 of Wolfsburg’s last 10 league games have resulted in both teams finding the back of the net and away from home they have been a delight for Goals Galore. They’ve failed to score in 5 of their 16 away games this season, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. For all 5 of these games were before the turn of the year and in 2013 they’ve played 7 away from home and scored 13 goals in the process. They’ve also kept only 4 clean sheets on the road this season giving them an impressive 75% rate of conceding goals on the road.
Exclude their 0-2 meeting at Wolfsburg earlier in the season and you’ll find their previous 4 meetings resulting in goals at both ends.
Montpellier vs Lille – 8/13
Not quite the end of the season yet in France but Lille need to win this game to continue their push for a spot in Europe next season. In order to do that they’ll need to get past a Montpellier side who have scored more home goals than 17 of the 20 teams in Ligue 1 and who last failed to score way back in August on home turf; a challenge to say the least.
During December and January, Montpellier went through a period of dominating their home games as they won 5 successive games to nil. This defensive stubbornness has now been replaced with carelessness though, conceding in their last 4 consecutive home league games, 2 of which were against the bottom 2 in the table.
Lille have the joint best away Goals Galore percentage in Ligue 1 (tied with Montpellier!) as 72.2% of their away games have seen both teams find the net. They’ve kept just 1 clean sheet on their travels this season; an appalling record for a side who sit in 4th place. They have however scored in all but 4 of their away games this season and recently their goalscoring form has somewhat improved. They haven’t just found the net once in their last 6 consecutive away games, they have scored 2 or more on each occasion!
Their meeting earlier in the season at Lille finished in a convincing 4-1 win for the home side. I doubt Montpellier will find 4 goals against Lille today, but they should certainly find the net, as should the visitors.
Getafe vs Valencia – 4/7
Getafe aren’t normally a side I look to for a Goals Galore thriller but in this case I’m making an exception. The first reason for this is that the last 4 consecutive meetings between the two sides have resulted in both teams finding the net. 6 of their last 7 head-to-heads have resulted in a Goals Galore winner and though previous meetings don’t always have as much influence as other stats, the signs look good initially.
Getafe’s Goals Galore record is by no means special and their form recently has been poor to say the least, but at home they are a force. 31 of their 47 points have been collected at home this season and they’ve failed to score only 3 times at home this season. They’ve also conceded in 12 of their 17 home games and with high flying Valencia paying a visit today they’re unlikely to keep their 6th clean sheet.
Valencia are looking to secure a place in Europe this season and though their away form hasn’t been anything to shout about recently, they do normally grab a goal or four. Having started the season poorly on the road, failing to score in 5 of their opening 7 away games, the goals have been coming thick and fast recently. Since the turn of the year they’ve played 9 games away from home, scoring in 8 and keeping only 2 clean sheets in the process. In their last 3 on the road they’ve scored an average of spot on 3 goals per game.
You have to go back as far as 2008 to find the last time these two sides met at Getafe and either side failed to score and with a minimum of 4 goals between the pair in their last 4 meetings, I’m sure we can expect excitement in La Liga’s early kick off on Saturday.