The high-scoring trend in English football has made the BTTS & match result coupons one of the most popular (and potentially lucrative) bet selections for many punters.
Selecting just three outcomes in an accumulator can often return odds in excess of 50/1 and that makes it very appealing to the casual and professional gamblers alike. Over a season, you only need one winner to profit. Well worth a shot.
Here’s a treble for this Saturday’s fixtures.
CARDIFF V ARSENAL
Having witnessed both Manchester sides fail to win in the Welsh capital, this is the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to enforce their status as genuine title contenders. Furthermore it is a great chance to pile the pressure on those sides not playing until later in the weekend and Arsene Wenger will definitely want his side to go out for the full three points.
Tuesday’s positive result against Marseille has all but secured Arsenal’s placed in the knockout phase of the Champions League too so spirits will be very high for the table-topping Gunners. However, they will be fully aware of the potential banana skin posed here and will travel to the Cardiff City Stadium knowing that they must perform well.
One thing we’ve learnt from Cardiff is that they will not give up. That point was demonstrated perfectly as the Bluebirds came back from behind twice against Manchester United on Sunday and they will be confident of adding to their home points tally against Arsenal.
However, I believe the Gunners will be too good for Cardiff. If the visitors play to their potential they could score three or four. Their defence is still prone to an error though.
PRESTON N.E V BRISTOL CITY
In League One, promotion chasing Preston North End host relegation threatened Bristol City in a match that on paper should be an easy home win. However, the Robins could pose a bigger challenge than some might predict.
With just 15 points returned in 18 matches, City are in trouble. They currently sit third bottom on a division that sees four relegated and things do not appear to be getting any brighter at Ashton Gate. However, a surprise win on Saturday would more than likely help them climb above the dreaded line and that alone will give them the incentive to attack from the off.
Whilst results haven’t been fantastic, the Robins are at least scoring on a regular basis now and have found the net in 8 of their last 10 matches. Two goals against second placed Leyton Orient proves that they are capable in front of goal and I fancy them to score at Deepdale.
Preston manager Simon Grayson will be desperate for promotion but already it appears that the play-offs might be their only viable route to the Championship due to the incredible form of both Orient and Wolves.
Eight points separate his side and the automatic promotion spaces but the Lilywhites will want to keep up the pressure in case either of those sides above them hit a bad patch. They’ve scored 27 times this season and will want to continue their run of 7 matches unbeaten.
Preston are firm favourites to win the match and I think they’ll do it albeit after a few minor scares.
YORK V ROCHDALE
Kieth Hill’s Dale head to Bootham Crescent looking to rectify the damage of a midweek 4-0 humiliation against Scunthorpe that saw them drop out of the automatic promotion places.
Draws for the top two meant that despite the Tuesday night defeat, Rochdale have only fallen one point below first placed Oxford and if they get back to winning ways on Saturday then they should return to those automatic spots.
With 28 goals scored in the previous 17 outings, Tuesday’s blank should not be regarded with too much importance and the Dale forwards will be confident of getting their names on the scoreboard against a York team that sits just two places above the relegation zone.
As for York, they’ve been scoring well (23 in 18) but unfortunately the defensive record has let them down and consequently sees them languished in 21st place. Nonetheless, they’ll be looking to inflict further misery on the Dale.
However, one win in eight tells a story of its own and York will be lucky to take anything against a team sitting just one point off the top.