The weekend fixture is rather limited, but that won’t stop us in our attempts to land a BTTS treble. We’ve backed six teams that will hopefully help us do it, and they offer a potential payout of just over 4/1.
With the first match starting at 4PM and the last finish at around 8:15PM, it should keep us entertained for a few hours. With a little luck, we’ll be winning some wonga too.
Mexico v Russia. 4PM
In Group A of the Confederations Cup, Mexico have provided bags of entertainment in their two matches, which have both ended BTTS winners. Frankly, we have no reason to think the goals will dry up as they take on the host nation.
Both teams know that a win will see them through, which should encourage an emphasis on attack. Mexico certainly boast plenty of goals in their squad through the likes of Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado, and Raul Jiminez. Given that this isn’t the strongest Russian side, we’d expect them to score.
Russia do still boast some quality, though, even with some of their star players missing this tournament. With the home crowd behind them, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men can find the target. We’re just not sure they can get the win that they require.
Expect Mexico to book their place in the next round, but with Russia to give their fans something to cheer in the process.
Valerenga v Lillestrom. 5PM
In Norway’s Tippeligaen, Arne Erlandsen’s Lillestrom are enjoying a great run of form having won each of their last five competitive fixtures. However, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way as they travel to the capital.
Lillestrom’s last five competitive away games, including three league matches, have ended in BTTS winners and their league record has seen 18 goals split down the middle after just six games in total. While Erling Knudtzon in particularly looks to be a great goal threat, those defensive weaknesses cannot be ignored.
Valerenga have been in good form at the Ullevall this term, losing just one of seven matches. They’ve scored nine times in that period, and Ronny Deila’s men should be fancied to find the target once more. Despite the fact they’ve conceded just five, we do think they’ll concede too.
Last season’s meeting was a score draw. With both sides in great spirits ahead of this one, a repeat outcome wouldn’t surprise anyone.
New York Red Bulls v New York City FC. 6:30PM
The Hudson River derby is one of the newest in world football, but has already provided some truly memorable moments at both stadiums. As the two clubs look set to renew the rivalry at the Red Bull Arena, we’re expecting to see plenty of drama.
City may have lost their Open Cup trip to the Red Bulls just over a week ago, but their league record has been pretty solid. More importantly, nine of the last 10 MLS games have ended in BTTS winners, with Orlando’s blank being the only exception.
Patrick Vieira’s men will be considered underdogs, but the quality of David Villa and Jack Harrison ensures that they’ll always have a shot. Having said that, the Red Bulls have been dominant in this fixture, and should be very confident themselves – especially as Bradley Wright-Philips scores for fun against their rivals.
The hosts will be fancied to get the win, but the visitors can at least grab a consolation. We’re backing both teams to score.