We’re approaching the closing stages of this year’s Football League season and Saturday’s action could be crucial for the hopes and ambitions of various clubs up and down the country.
Goals are paramount at this time of year and we’re backing these six to all find the net at some stage during the afternoon. At odds of just under 9/2 for the treble at SkyBet, it’s got to be worth a punt.
Huddersfield Town V Fulham
Championship rivals Huddersfield and Fulham enter Saturday’s showdown at the John Smith’s on the back of equally poor form and each club will be determined to register a rare win against similarly poor opposition. We’re hoping that will transpire to goals at either end.
Huddersfield have shipped a colossal 65 goals this term, while Fulham have leaked a mammoth 68! Only Blackpool possess a worst defence and those issues should afford plenty of confidence to the two respective frontlines. The two sides have also scored the same number of goals (48) at the right end. Those are some very promising statistics at both ends of the park.
November’s reverse match at Craven Cottage ended in a 3-1 win for Fulham and Kit Symons would love to secure another crucial three points as the Londoners look to avoid the drop. However, Chris Powell’s Terriers will pose a much bigger threat at home, especially after scoring twice against an in-form Norwich on Tuesday night.
Goals have been a regular feature for both sides and the desire for points will be palpable throughout Saturday’s showdown. We’d be surprised if there aren’t goal in this one. This is my top single for this weekend. 888sport are going 9/13 about this games being BTTS which is the best price available online. You can also get £88 in free bets when you join!
BTTS Yes @ 13/20 with SkyBet
Rochdale V Scunthorpe United
Keith Hill’s Rochdale have enjoyed a decent first season back in League One and could still secure a play-off position if they win their games in hand. A return of 60 league goals has been central to their success, but they should expect a difficult test against a spirited Scunthorpe.
Rochdale have scored in all seven competitive matches at Spotland in 2015 and will naturally take extreme confidence into this battle against an away side that last kept a clean sheet on the road way back in November. However, the visitors will take heart from their 2-1 win over Dale at Glanford Park earlier this season and will hope to utilise that momentum against their promotion-chasing opponents.
Mark Robins men might be enduring a rough patch right now, but they’ve proven their quality over the middle third of this campaign and are now just a few points short of consolidating their place in the division. They did win both head-to-head matches in League Two last year and can hope to record a fifth straight victory over Dale, but they should be aware that the home side are a much better outfit this time around.
Scunthorpe’s head-to-head advantage, combined with the fact any points would be seen as a bonus, could make the visitors particularly dangerous in this crucial clash. Nonetheless, we cannot see the home side failing to score either.
BTTS Yes @ 7/10 with SkyBet
Hartlepool United V Mansfield Town
A run of three wins in five has dragged Ronnie Moore’s Hartlepool out of the abyss to resurrect their slim hopes of survival. The Football League’s club could really give their chances a significant boost with another three points against the stuttering Stags.
This has been the home side’s best form of the season and a win could even cut the gap to just one point. Draws, especially at Victoria Park, aren’t much use at this stage and therefore the Pool must search for the win. A match against the division’s second worst travellers could be the perfect opportunity to seal another much needed victory.
Mansfield have shipped 28 goals on the road already, winning just three of their 18 away games, but Adam Murray’s men can take a forward-thinking approach against rock-bottom Hartlepool. The hosts have lost nine times at Victoria Park, leaking 26 goals, and could be there for the taking.
This is a game that both teams will view as winnable. Both defences are poor and we’re hopeful that the attacking players can capitalise.
BTTS Yes @ 9/10 with SkyBet
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