These international breaks seem to come around far too often for my liking, but fear not folks, there’s still plenty of lower league action to have a nibble on while the big boys are away. I’ve been having a look over some of these lower league sides to find a little team goals treble this weekend.
Bromley vs Barrow
I’m starting in the National League this weekend as 2 newly promoted sides who have surprised many so far this season meet at The Courage Stadium. Bromley are flying high since they were promoted last term and currently sit 5th in the league. They’ve been a real entertaining side but have also been collecting points, and currently sitting 5th in the table, Mark Goldberg has to be proud of his side’s performances so far.
Bromley have scored more goals this season than any other side in the league and they seem to have a squad that is perfectly capable of finding the net, none more so than Moses Ademola who has 11 goals in 14 games, continuing his fantastic form from last season.
Here at home, Goldberg’s men have scored in all 7 league games, scoring 3 or more goals in 4 of those and they look a fantastic bet to add to that tally today. The visitors were also promoted last year and they too should be pretty happy with 12th spot, just 5 points behind the hosts today.
However, their main success so far this term has been in front of their own fans with only 4 of their 21 points having been collected on their travels. They’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their 7 away games, conceding 2 or more in 4 of those 7.
Barrow also have the 2nd worst defensive record away from home in the National League with the team who have conceded the most goals away from home being Bromley, their opponents today. I’m expecting goals here there’s absolutely no doubt about it and with their current goalscoring form and a home advantage, I have to back Bromley to cause a few problems.
BET: Bromley Over 1.5 Team Goals at 10/11
Bury vs Wigan
Bury’s fine form came to an end in the week as they suffered a shock JPT exit at the hands of League Two side Morecambe, but I’m willing to let that result slide and back them with confidence to return to their free-scoring form this weekend.
Their side in the week had one notable absence and that was top scorer Leon Clarke who has 7 goals in 9 games and it’s therefore no surprise that they missed him in their midweek cup tie. That result aside, Bury have been flying in the league with 6 straight wins and the last of these was an impressive 0-1 win at an in form Colchester side last weekend.
But it’s here at Gigg Lane where they have been scoring their goals, finding the net in every game on home soil with an average of 1.8 goals per game. This weekend they welcome Wigan who have also been in pretty decent form since a rocky start to their season in League One. They’re now undefeated in 5 games in all competitions and sit 9th in the league but away from home this season they have hardly been defensively reliable.
In the week they visited Crewe in the JPT and were 1-0 down within 6 minutes, eventually winning 2-3 after an impressive comeback. That result marked the 6th occasion in 7 away games in all competitions where Wigan have conceded 2 or more goals. And when you consider that they’re yet to travel to any side as high as Bury in the league so far, you have to fancy the hosts to bag a couple of goals.
The two have already met once this season in the League Cup back in August with Bury winning 1-2 away from home, and a similar result today wouldn’t surprise me.
BET: Bury Over 1.5 Team Goals at 11/8
Southport vs Torquay
Southport have hardly been setting the world alight in front of goal this season but they have had a pretty difficult start to the season in terms of fixtures and slowly but surely they seem to be finding their feet.
In their last 7 games they have faced Grimsby, Forest Green and Tranmere, 3 sides who are all expected to be there or thereabouts on the promotion front this season, but though goals were scarce in their opening 5 or 6 games, they’ve now scored in 4 of their last 5, scoring 2 or more in 3 of those games.
The addition of Cole Stockton up front seems to have been a decent decision as the 22 year old has scored 3 in his last 4 games, two of those coming in a match winning brace earlier this week away at Woking. And hosting Torquay at Haig Avenue this Saturday, the home side should have no problem recording back to back wins in the league.
The visitors really have been in turmoil over the last month, losing their manager and their director of football as the side seems to be slowly turning into yet another club who tumble down the English leagues at an incredible pace. They’re without a win in 12 games now, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those 12 and losing their last 5 in a row by an aggregate scoreline of 16-6.
They’ve now conceded 2 or more goals in their last 6 league games in a row, and though Southport are hardly the leagues top scorers, they should have enough in the tank to break down this Torquay defence on a few occasions this weekend.
BET: Southport Over 1.5 Team Goals at 10/11
A £20 bet on the treble returns £173