We have an additional two leagues to pick from this weekend. Hurrah. We have missed the extra divisions during the International break which felt like a life time here at Goals Galore.
Our treble includes two games from the returning Championship and one banker in League One.
Ipswich Town v Leicester City – 3.00pm Saturday – Betfred 8/13
First up is a tough tie to predict the outcome of as second placed Leicester make a visit to Ipswich to take on Mick McCarthey’s outfit. At home Ipswich have struggled when the bigger sides have visited and will be looking to turn that round here verses a high flying Leicester side. City are one of the best sides in the division and will be intending to confirm that once more at Portman Road.
Ipswich are not on the greatest run at present having won just once since September but have still been tricky to beat, in their last six games they have lost two, drawn three and won one. Both teams to score has landed in five of those six games and I can see this being fulfilled again on Saturday. The Tractor Boys are targeting a play off place and will know their home form will be imperative if they’re to reach their objective, a win here will show serious intent.
Leicester are finally becoming the side their wage bill represents. A squad with ample quality throughout that will be looking at this season as their greatest opportunity of returning to the Premier League. Last time out they suffered a shock home defeat to Nottingham Forest which finished 2-0. The Foxes will be looking to bounce back and take out their frustrations on Ipswich. The stat which is great for our bet is that away from home Leicester have failed to score in just one match. Get on Goals Galore!
AFC Bournemouth v Derby County – 3.00pm Saturday – Betfred 8/13
Bournemouth will be delighted with the start they have made since earning promotion last season. Many expected a tough campaign ahead however so far they’ve proven the doubters wrong and are sitting in mid-table. Derby County really are pushing on and have the play offs in their sights, currently in ninth spot but just two points from sixth, they have been boosted since manager Steve McLaren was appointed.
Dean Court will be packed this weekend for a fixture that Bournemouth will be planning on winning. Manager Eddie Howe has a nice headache when it comes to team selection with a plethora of strikers to pick from, Rantie and Pitman are likely to get the nod and you can expect at least one of them to find the net. The Cherries really are a cracker for our coupon, in their previous eight fixtures; seven have seen both team score.
Derby have the second best away record in the division and have scored a mammoth 16 goals in the seven away ties they’ve had in the league. County are building up an admirable reputation of having a young squad who play football the right way which is something fans of every club would wish to boast. I cannot see The Rams coming away from Saturdays match without a goal as they have failed to score in just the single away game this season and we know Bournemouth are fragile at the back.
Swindon Town v Leyton Orient – 3.00pm Saturday – Betfred 4/6
A very interesting tie greets us in League One which completes our treble. Swindon host a Leyton Orient side who many will now admit are one of the top sides in the division after a start to the season very few predicted and currently hold second place, just one point off Wolves in first. However Swindon too have plenty to shout about and will be full of confidence knowing they have the best home record in the division. A victory will also mean taking The Robins seriously as promotion contenders. Game on!
As mentioned Swindon would be top of the league if based on home fixtures alone, having played eight, wining six and picking up the single defeat. A massive 20 goals have been scored along the way and they have yet to fail to score at home- a grand record which gives us plenty of confidence in our bet. The visit of Leyton Orient will be a real test of their home record and a challenge they will relish.
Orient, will be disappointed in their last outing, suffering a 1-0 loss at home to Preston and will be looking to take their frustrations out on Swindon on Saturday. The O’s will be aware that the home side’s back four is their weak area and with goals not being a problem this season you can see at least two goals being fired in. Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney have been scoring for fun with the most lethal partnership in the division. Bring on the goals!
£10 stake on today’s treble will return a lovely £43.80 with Betfred