Everything seemed to be going to plan last week but Middlesbrough just couldn’t score against a resilient Fulham side. This week I’m determined to get back on track with a Team Goals Treble that will teach those bookies a lesson!
Gillingham vs Southend
I start my quest for a winner on the East coast as we head to Priestfield Stadium for the visit of Southend to league leaders Gillingham and backing the home side to score 2 or more goals here seems to be one of the bets of the day for me.
It’s hard to believe that this is only Gillingham’s 3rd season at this level, finishing 17th, 12th and now leading the pack after 14 games. Justin Edinburgh’s men have been impressive to say the least so far throughout this campaign and an record of 6 games unbeaten in all competitions makes Southend’s task all the more daunting this Saturday.
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But if that wasn’t bad enough news for the visitors, The Gills boast the best home record in League One having won 6 and drawn 1 of their 7 games here this season. They’ve also scored 2 or more goals in 7 of their 8 games here in all competitions and in their last 5 in a row.
As I said before, they really are flying and Southend really should be no match for them on Saturday. The visitors come into this game following a 3-0 loss away at Chesterfield in the week, making it back to back away losses in the league for Phil Brown’s men. They’ve conceded in 6 of their 8 away games this season and none of the sides who they have faced so far have anywhere near the firepower of Gillingham. I’m backing the hosts to continue their fantastic run of form and bag a couple of goals.
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Oxford United vs Barnet
I’ve backed Barnet to concede a couple of goals on the road a few times this season in this treble and as much as I don’t want to keep backing them every week, they simply have to be included again here.
A 3-1 home win last weekend followed by a 1-1 draw in the week might seem as though there are signs of improvement, but against York and Hartlepool, two of the lowest scoring teams in League Two, I hardly see it as that. And the fact that they still managed to concede in both of these games, as they have done in every single away game this season, means that visiting a decent side like Oxford could well see their revival unravel as quickly as it started.
That 1-1 draw at Hartlepool in the week was the first time this season that Barnet have conceded less than 2 goals on their travels, and though Oxford are far from free scoring at home, they should still have enough here to see a couple of goals past the visitors.
Oxford moved into 3rd in the league and stretched their unbeaten run to 8 games with a 1-0 win over league leaders Plymouth in the week and they’ve now won 3 on the bounce here at The Kassam stadium.
Oxford also have an incredible record of scoring 2 or more goals in 6 of their last 7 meetings with Barnet, so that’s definitely helped to sway my decision to include them in this weekends’ treble.
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Stranraer vs Cowdenbeath
Ok, Stranraer are hardly world beaters let’s be honest here, but neither are Brechin or Stenhousemuir and both of those sides have also managed to put 2 goals past Cowdenbeath this season.
The fact is that Cowdenbeath have one of the worst defences not only in Scotland but probably in Britain, especially away from home. To justify that comment, let me tell you that they have conceded a total of 21 goals in 5 away league games this season, that’s an average of 4.2 goals per game!
It’s a pretty astounding record and it’s made even more so by the fact that they have conceded 3 or more goals in 4 of their 5 away games, the other being a 2-0 loss against bottom of the league Brechin City.
Stanraer’s goalscoring ability doesn’t even need discussing really, they ain’t much good to put it plainly. But they have scored in 3 of their last 5 games and they did put 2 goals past Cowdenbeath away from home when the two met back in August, which is an encouraging sign.
The thing is, I’m so confident that Cowdenbeath’s defence is bad, that I’d be willing to back my local blind school to score against them to be honest!
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