March signals the start of an immensely important period of the English football season and we’re looking to begin the month with a bang thanks to this 11/2 BTTS treble at Betfred.
We’re backing six teams to all find the target during Tuesday’s exciting midweek schedule and are hoping for another decent winner on the BTTS market.
Southampton V Crystal Palace
There were five goals as Crystal Palace edged a thrilling FA Cup clash at St Mary’s in January and we’re predicting an equally engrossing contest as they meet in this crucial Premier League clash.
Goals have been a regular feature at both ends of the pitch since Alan Pardew’s arrival to Selhurst Park, which was underlined once more by Saturday’s 3-1 win at West Ham. Palace have failed to score just once in 10 games under their new manager and we’d expect them use their weekend momentum to full impact.
However, the visitors have also conceded in 8 of those fixtures, with one of those clean sheets coming against non-league Dover Athletic. Meanwhile, the rampant Saints boast 24 home goals this term and will be eager to get their bid for European football back on track here. It would be a huge surprise if the likes of Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic fail to find a way through.
As well as the five-goal cup tie, the Boxing Day league match at Selhurst Park also ended with both teams on the scoresheet and there is nothing to suggest they won’t complete that particular hat-trick on Tuesday night.
BTTS Yes @ 6/5 with Betfred
Charlton Athletic V Nottingham Forest
Goals have come easy for Nottingham Forest in recent weeks, with the Reds netting 19 times in six matches since Dougie Freedman’s appointment, and the visitors will be fully expected to keep that run going at the Valley.
However, Forest should expect a tough test from a spirited Charlton who are also enjoying an improved run of form. The Addicks have won each of their past two home games via a 3-0 scoreline and Guy Luzon’s men will fancy their chances of more goals on Tuesday – especially against an away side that has leaked 25 on the road.
Both teams boast dangerous players in the final third and the likes of Matty Fryatt, Henri Lansbury, Tony Watt, and Johann Gudmundsson will all be looking for goals. The sides also shared a 1-1 draw at the City Ground in December, which is another indication that there could be plenty of drama.
It’s unlikely to provide quite as many goals as some of Forest’s recent away fixtures but, with both sides in great form, there should be chances at either end. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11 with Betfred
AFC Wimbledon V Southend United
In League Two, AFC Wimbledon suffered a damaging defeat at rock-bottom Hartlepool and Neil Ardley’s men will be desperate to bounce back in style at home to Southend. However, the Dons should expect a difficult test against the promotion-chasing Shrimpers.
Wimbledon’s hopes of securing a play-off berth are now virtually non-existent but the hosts will look to keep those slim hopes alive with three points. Despite their poor recent form overall, the Dons have won three on the bounce at Kingston Road and will be eager to increase their tally of 28 home goals here. On the down side, though, they have also shipped 21 from those 16 home fixtures and Phil Brown’s Southend will certainly fancy their chances.
The visitors boast the second best away record in the division, netting 21 goals en route to eight victories on the road. However, 23 goals conceded is a worrying statistic for the Shrimpers and that could prove to be their main downfall once again here.
Southend have quietly rebuilt hopes of automatic promotion and three points at Wimbledon certainly wouldn’t go a miss. However, the visitors might need two or more to secure the win as we think Ardley’s men will score for a seventh straight home match.
BTTS Yes @ 4/5 with Betfred
A £10 treble returns £68.40 with Betfred