A packed Saturday afternoon of action should hopefully bring goals, goals, goals. And that’s exactly what we’re hoping for in the three games we’ve selected on the weekend’s BTTS coupon.
If all six teams do find the target, we’ll be celebrating almost £50 profit from a £10 stake. It might not be our biggest win of the season, but it’s not one to be sniffed at either.
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
Despite often carrying the tag of playing negative football, Tony Pulis has seen his Baggies side score 27 and concede 18 in 15 Premier League games at the Hawthorns this term. That form would suggest that there will be goals as they return to action on Saturday, and we have no reason to doubt it as they prepare to face Southampton.
The Baggies have struggled for goals in recent weeks, but those struggles have mainly been on the road. While they might not boast any superstars in attack, the hosts do spread their goals around the team and would like to think that they can punish the Saints here. After all, the visitors have kept just one clean sheet in seven away games – at rock bottom Sunderland.
Claude Puel’s men have scored in four straight away games, though, while their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday should inspire confidence too. If Nathan Redmond, Shane Long, and James Ward-Prowse see enough of the ball, there should be away goals too.
West Brom edged a 2-1 win at St Mary’s on New Year’s Eve. If there’s another three goals here, we’d like to fancy our chances of seeing another BTTS winner.
BTTS Yes @ 19/20
AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers
Goals have been a common feature at Kingston Road this term, with Wimbledon scoring 34 of the 58 goals scored in 20 matches. While they might expect to increase that tally on Saturday, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way against play-off chasing Bristol Rovers.
Neal Ardley’s squad has a number of potential scorers, with Tom Elliot, Lyle Taylor and Dom Poleon all ready to take any chances that come their way. Moreover, the fact that the visitors have won just one of their last 12 away games should inspire confidence too.
Darrell Clarke’s men are still a strong outfit, though, and will want to increase their tally of 22 away goals as they bid to stay in touch with the play-offs. Unfortunately for them, a defence that has leaked 37 on the road could be their downfall.
We’re not quite sure which way this one go. Either way, though, goals should be on the cards.
BTTS Yes @ 7/10
Guiseley v Forest Green Rovers
Results haven’t been great for Guiseley this term, but their scoring record has almost certainly saved them from National League relegation. If they’re to have any chance of causing an upset against Forest Green, goals will be the aim of day once more.
Despite sitting just six points above the drop zone, the hosts do have a pretty solid home record. Adam Lockwood’s men have scored 30 times in 20 matches at Nethermoor Park, winning nine times in the process. Given that Forest Green have conceded 27 in 19 away games, they should fancy their chances of finding the net.
Nevertheless, the visitors should let their quality be known. The promotion-chasing Rovers have scored 38 away goals while Guiseley have shipped 27 home goals, including four in their last recent fixture. If Christian Doidge and co. get chances, there will be goals.
Forest Green registered a 3-0 win in the reverse clash and should have no problems scoring here. On home soil, though, Guiseley should find the target also.
BTTS Yes @ 3/4
A £10 treble returns £58.00