World Cup qualifiers mean there’s no football at the top level of the domestic scene, so we’ll have to drop down to the lower divisions for this Saturday’s BTTS treble. Nonetheless, we’re optimistic that these selections will bag us a winner just in time for the evening’s international fixtures.
We’ve picked three games where we think both teams will find the target. With a £10 stake returning just under £50, it’s got to be worth a punt.
Morecambe v Carlisle United
Keith Curle’s Cumbrians have enjoyed a very productive start to the season, and are still unbeaten heading into this weekend’s trip to Morecambe. But they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way as they look to retain their place in the League Two automatic promotion zone.
The visitors have been impossible to beat so far, but they’ve also struggled to chalk up victories on the road. Four of their five outings have ended in score draws, with the 1-0 win at Barnet signalling their only clean sheet thus far. Nevertheless, with Jabo Ibehre and co. amongst their arsenal, there’s no reason that Carlisle shouldn’t score against a home side that’s leaked 11 in five matches at the Globe Arena.
Morecambe have scored eight home goals in the league while their last nine competitive matches have ended in BTTS winners. Jim Bentley will be looking to Cole Stockton for inspiration against the Cumbrians, and he should be confident after scoring in each of his last three.
The last three head-to-head meetings have seen both teams find the target. Back that trend to continue here.
BTTS Yes @ 11/18 with Unibet
Braintree Town v York City
Conference National rivals Braintree and York have both encountered their fair share of defensive problems this season, and neither will be extremely confident in that area heading into Saturday’s crucial contest. And that’s why we’ll be backing both teams to score.
The hosts have shipped 14 in seven home games, although they have scored seven in the process. Hakan Hayrettin’s side can be confident about creating chances, though, and the likes of Lee Barnard and Simeon Akinola are more than capable of converting them.
After all, the visiting Minstermen have are just three points ahead of the struggling hosts. More importantly, they’ve shipped 21 on the road including six at rock bottom Guiseley on Tuesday night. A first away shutout of 2016-17 seems unlikely.
With only five away goals to their name, an away goal is the only issue. Given Braintree’s defensive wobbles, however, 7/9 is more than acceptable for a BTTS inclusion.
BTTS Yes @ 7/9 with Unibet
Sutton United v Woking
Staying in the Conference National, and Woking have played seven away games this season with all seven ending in BTTS winners. In fact, including last season, the Cardinals have been involved in 11 straight BTTS winners on the road. It’s hard to bet against it happening once again as they make the short trip to Gander Green Lane.
It’s not been a brilliant start for Garry Hill’s men, who have yet to register an away win this season, but they do boast some decent firepower in the form of Matt Tubbs, Dennon Lewis, and Delano Sam-Yorke. They should at least find the target.
Paul Doswell will be pleased with his side’s opening to its first year in the Conference National. A home record of five wins from seven is a particularly strong source of optimism for the Yellows, and they’ll certainly fancy their chances of increasing a tally of nine home goals against an away side that’s shipped 17 on the road.
We’d probably lean towards a home win, but the smart money is surely on goals.
BTTS Yes @ 5/7 with Unibet
A £10 treble returns £49.00 with Unibet