Will we see a feast of goals this weekend?
The reason we love this market is it can be won right up to the final whistle, and Gillingham sealed the deal last weekend. The Medway side toe-punted us a lovely 9/2 reward for all readers and look to reproduce another winner this week.
Everton Vs Arsenal
A key clash for Arsenal as all their focuses must turn to ending the season in as best position as possible. From a few weeks ago when they were front runners for the league are winless in the last three and are now eleven points behind leaders Leicester and five points behind Spurs, where they met a fortnight ago in a Desmond score line draw!
Since Arsene Wegner’s men were knocked out the FA cup at the hands of Watford and then elimination in an aggregate thrashing to the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League. The Gooners face the Toffee’s who made the last four in the FA cup and sit in twelfth place. I suspect Everton’s season now is about finishing on a high, but their home form, once a fortress of their success has nosedived. With Arsenal, one of the best visiting teams this term can only salvage pride but Roberto Martinez’s men will be no push overs.
The weakness for the Merseyside outfit has been their ability at the back having conceded at least a goal in nearly all of their games at Goodison this season although is on par with sides around them. Their scoring ability is better than the teams occupying positions in the league. Arsenal showed willingness in their recent defeats to Watford and Barcelona and were resilient with ten men to earn a draw with Spurs.
With both sides capable of goals, seven of the last ten Everton games have landed with Arsenal pocketing the over line in seven also including all of the last six.
Both sides have their own quests now and both have showed good attacking strategies at the receipt of leaking goals. All in all with both sides playing some fluid football the roar of the crowd at Goodison will have Martinez’s men up for stunning the north London outfit, who may be delicate still from their midweek exit from the Champions League.
Expect both to net and a winner to follow as Arsenal should be looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack!
Over 2.5 goals – 8/11 BetVictor
Crewe Vs Blackpool
A real six pointer where a win for the visiting seasiders could lift them out of relegation with results going their way in league one at Gresty Road. A win for the hosts will only pull them closer to survival seven points off safety in a potential nail biter this weekend.
Steve Davis’s Crewe at Christmas were looking washed up but have since enjoyed a revival to show commentators they are not done yet, but factually are running out of games. Crewe revival has seen just one win in the last ten, but only three defeats which two of which were at the hands of the promotion chasers.
Blackpool also started dreadfully this season, had a revival, but has looked susceptible especially with two draws in the last eight mustering a solitary win for Neil McDonald’s men. A draw for the tie is really no good for the hosts but not so bad for the visitors. However with Blackpool being edged out to a narrow single goal defeat, which suggests they have been trying to play out draws where they can. I am confident both can score in this. Both have capable goals scorers in Jack Redshaw, Mark Cullen, Danny Phillskirk and Tom Hitchcock to name a few in guiding goals into the net.
The bookies seem to play caution on this holding a 7/10 shot on two or fewer goals with 23/20 with BetVictor for three or more and I think with things at stake is too bigger price in my opinion.
Over 2.5 goals – 23/20 BetVictor
Walsall Vs Colchester
Promotion chasing Walsall are looking to see off bottom of the table Colchester this weekend with a third successive win. Their visitors Colchester visit the Bescot stadium where interim coach Joe Whitney is keen to lead his side to keep up their recent successes. Kevin Keen’s Colchester staring on League two football next are nine points off safety and with ten games to play are running out of points to compete for.
The U’s have heavily conceded this season on course to surpass the hundred goal mark, but have been above average for goals scored. It is their defensive frailties that have eluded Colchester to just six victories all season.
The saddlers have experienced a revival since their blip which has seen them slip down to third, but certainly contenders for Championship football next season. With one of the better defences versus the worse defensive sides, the Colchester style of football may be diametric to Walsall but are not a side to fold with ease, especially holding Wigan to a 3-3 draw in their last outing.
The danger of three or more is Walsall sitting on a two goal to nil lead, but the visitors have netted in five of the last eight with the hosts conceding in five of the last eight. To add some confidence, 78% of Colchester’s away games has seen three or more in the game.
Over 2.5 goals – 8/11 SkyBet
The treble pays 6.21 with BetVictor
Best of luck!