The Champions League is back and with a full fixture list from League One, League Two and a few more games dotted around, there are plenty of selections to go at this week for a cheeky Tuesday BTTS acca! Here are my best bets from the action this Tuesday:
Zenit vs Valencia
I’m starting with an early kick off in Russia as two sides who are plagued with injury face off in St Petersburg. Andre Villas-Boas’ side may have kept clean sheets in 4 of their last 5 games, but with Anyukov suspended and Smolnikov unlikely to feature having been taken off against Ural at the weekend, it leaves his back line looking vulnerable.
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Zenit have recorded an incredible 4 wins from 4 in Group H and will secure top spot with a win this Tuesday evening, but they have conceded in 3 of those 4 games, 2 of those concessions coming in their trip to Valencia in their opening game.
The visitors are also looking pretty ropey with injuries galore but again, these injuries are mainly at the back. Negredo is still missing but Alcacer seems to be filling those boots well at the moment so I think the visitors are capable of scoring. Their previous meeting finished 2-3 to Zenit in Spain, and though I don’t see another 5 goals here, Valencia have to get something from this game to avoid a scrap with Lyon in a few weeks and with Zenit likely to play with some freedom, confident that 1 point from their remaining 2 games will see them top the group, I expect both teams to find the net.
Peterborough vs Barnsley
Since 1993, Peterborough and Barnsley have met each other 9 times here at London Road and the game has very rarely disappointed fans. On all 9 occasions both teams have found the net and I’m banking on that being 10 come 9:30PM this Tuesday evening.
Barnsley have slowly started to turn that corner now after a shocking start to their season and an incredible run of 6 successive losses throughout October and November. They’ve won 2 of their last 3 games, the exception being a 1-2 home loss to Port Vale which they were very unlucky to lose to be honest.
A decent win at Oldham at the weekend means Barnsley have moved 4th from bottom now in League One, and though expecting them to get a result against Peterborough here may be a bit of a pipe dream, their confidence in front of goal as of late has convinced me that they should be able to find the net.
With their 5 goals against Crewe at the weekend, The Posh are now League One’s top goalscorers with 39 goals in 18 games, yet they still sit only 9th in the table. For though they have scored more goals than the 23 other sides in the league, only 4 teams have conceded more than them and this is where their problems lie. Despite putting 5 past Crewe on Saturday, they still managed to concede against the bottom side and here at home they have kept just 1 clean sheet in 9 games.
This looks an absolute banker to me and has to be included in anyone’s bets in my opinion.
Plymouth vs Leyton Orient
Plymouth looked to be rock solid at the top of League Two but 3 losses in their last 4 games in all competitions including 2 cup exits seems to suggest that there could be a stall on the cards.
A 1-2 home loss to Exeter at the weekend coupled with a win for Oxford means that their lead at the top has been reduced to just 2 points coming into this game with Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening. But what’s more worrying for Derek Adams’ side is their inability to keep a clean sheet as of late. They’ve conceded in 6 of their last 7 games in all competitions and more recently have conceded 9 goals in their last 3 home games.
Leyton Orient are the visitors to Home Park on Tuesday and though their run of results has been hit and miss to say the least, they do have a pretty impressive record for scoring goals, especially on the road.
Orient have failed to score just once in 9 away league games this season, including a goal against every top half side they have played. The two last met in the Capital One Cup here last season and it ended in a 3-3 thriller which Orient then won on penalties. Given the current run of form for both of these sides, who are both perfectly capable of scoring but defensively leave a lot to be desired, I wouldn’t rule out a similar goal filled thriller this time around either.
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