A giant mid week domestic fixture list greets us with open arms and we are taking full advantage of it here at Goals Galore with a treble involving three different divisions, starting with the Manchester Derby clash in the Premier League. Take a look.
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Manchester United v Manchester City -7.45pm Tuesday
Both teams to score odds – 4/7 with BetVictor
What a derby. The tie between Manchester United and Manchester City has served up some crackers in the past and with so much riding on this one, it is going to be a must-watch game. The blue side of Manchester are looking to seal that second Premier League title while David Moyes’, United have outside hopes of a Champions League spot, although anything but a win here will put a stop to those dreams.
After a morale boosting win over West Ham at the weekend, prospects are looking a little brighter at Old Trafford as they take on their huge Manchester rivals. Wayne Rooney is on fire after a brace at the weekend, one which will go down as a premier League classic and a contender for goal of the season. Rooney has netted 13 times in the league this season and will be relied upon with Robin van Persie looking likely to remain on the sidelines for some time. I expect this to be a very end to end game with plenty of goals with Rooney finding the net at least once.
A trip to United isn’t quite so intimidating these days as the red half of Manchester struggle at home under David Moyes. City smashed five past Fulham over the weekend and Yaya Toure helped himself to a hatrick. Goals are never a problem for the Citizens as they proved in the reverse fixture in September where it finished 4-1 to Pellegrini’s side. City are undefeated in their last eight away games and know a victory here puts them on course to overtake Chelsea before the end of the season and seal that Premier League title. I am predicting a win here in yet another high scoring game.
Ipswich Town v Derby County – 7.45pm Tuesday
Both teams to score odds – 10/11 with BetVictor
Derby County have slipped. It was between them and Burnley for an automatic promotion place alongside Leicester City and it looks like Sean Dyche’s Burnley are going to take that place in the Premier League after their lead was stretched to 10 points after County’s dip in form. Ipswich who host today’s game still have the final Play Off place in their sights as they are five points behind Reading who currently hold sixth.
Ipswich need a win here to keep the pressure on their rivals and with home advantage, they will fancy their chances. At Portman Road, the Tractor Boys have scored in 12 of their last 13 games and both teams have scored in nine of those! The last time these two met was back in October where the game finished 4-4! If that isn’t an omen for BTTS I don’t know what is. Conor Wickham may have returned to Sunderland this week but in Murphy and McGoldrick they have a pair who have scored 24 goals between them and I fancy at least another here.
Derby have won just once in their last five games but that victory was registered emphatically on Saturday after they pulled off a huge 5-0 win against Nottingham Forest which in turn has led to Billy Davies being sacked from the Tricky Trees. Morale amongst players and fans will be sky high after that huge result and everyone will confident of getting a win at Portman Road. In 18 games on the road Derby have scored in 15 of them and I expect the Rams to put on a confident display and earn a positive result.
Crewe Alexandra v Notts County – 7.45pm Tuesday
Both teams to score odds – 4/6 with BetVictor
A vital game for both sides here as both sides could look back to this tie at the end of the season as the game that helped them survive or pushed them to relegation. Crewe are sitting a little more comfortable outside the relegation zone in 19th place in League One, but are just two points ahead of Carlisle in 21st. Notts County are currently rock bottom of the league and are on the brink of being cut adrift with five points separating them and Tranmere in 20th.
Crewe will have this game down as one they need to win as they look to rack up enough points to avoid a campaign in League Two next season. The Railwaymen come into the tie on good form having left Gillingham with all three points over the weekend with a 3-1 result and the two previous games saw Alexandra hold Oldham and Walsall to 1-1 draws. The fans will expect Crewe to go for the win from the start and take control of the game and score a few goals.
Notts County have lost their last five games away from Meadow Lane and need to turn some of that form around if they are to stay up. County need to go for it and I can them pulling off a surprise win but only if they go on the attack from the start. Crewe have conceded in each of their last nine games and are always likely to give away a goal, which is something I expect the Magpies to take advantage of here.