The BTTS Coupon – 25th January
FA Cup action returns this weekend as we enter the 4th round. Unfortunately that means no Premier League matches are played, but hopefully it will provide a host of goal fests to help us beat the bookie.
There are also a handful of games in the lower divisions to choose from and once again we are opting for the Bet Fred fixed odds coupon to help give us a price boost.
Let’s hope for Goals Galore.
Rochdale v Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup)
League 2 title-chasers Rochdale caused a shock in round 3 by knocking out Leeds United of the Championship. Keith Hill will be aiming for a similar result against Sheffield Wednesday.
Rochdale are in great form, occupying one of the automatic promotion spots. Since that 2-0 win over Leeds, the Dale have picked up seven points from three games. In that time they’ve scored an impressive eight goals and will be confident of getting on the scoreboard at Spotland against an Owls side that have struggled for consistency all season.
Whilst Hill’s side have kept three clean sheets in their last 4 games, three goals conceded against League Two leaders Scunthorpe as well as the 2 scored by Chesterfield on Tuesday shows that they are vulnerable defensively when playing against stronger sides.
In 27 league matches, Dale have conceded 33 goals and you’d expect a team from two division’s above to score against them. On the other hand, Rochdale’s ‘goals for’ column reads 43 (over 1.5 per match) so there’s no reason for Hill’s men to fear their Championship visitors.
Since sacking Dave Jones, Sheffield Wednesday have seen noticeable improvements and now look likely to survive the drop. However, there’s still a lot of work to do in the league and the FA Cup will be somewhat of a distraction for caretaker manager Stuart Gray. The Owls will want to win, but Championship survival remains the priority.
The Owls league record shows 32 for and 33 against from 25 games. With 14 goals scored in 10 league games, as well as 5 over two matches in round 3, Gray’s men should be confident at Spotland.
In round 3, though, non-league Macclesfield scored in both the original tie and replay so Rochdale have reason for optimism. Potentially a tough one to call in terms of a result, but both teams should fancy their chances of scoring.
Blackburn Rovers v Derby County (Championship)
There aren’t many games in the Championship but that’s not to say there won’t be a feast of goals. At Ewood Park, fans could be in for a right treat as Derby face Blackburn.
The division’s top scorers, Derby, suffered a minor blip of back-to-back defeats before getting back to winning ways last weekend. With 50 goals in 26 games, the Rams are scoring at a rate of nearly two a game – a record made even more impressive considering the poor start prior to the appointment of Steve McLaren.
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The Rams have conceded goals this season though. Leeds United (12th) are the only side in the top-half to have shipped more than Derby’s 35 this campaign and Blackburn will be confident of scoring at home against a side who recently lost 4-1 to league leaders Leicester.
Blackburn aren’t that prolific but 32 in 26 is enough to breathe confidence in taking the BTTS bet ehre. In Jordan Rhodes, Rovers have one of the Championship’s best forwards and you’d always fancy the Scotland international to score in front of the Ewood Park crowd.
Rovers have also conceded 32 goals, you’d be surprised if Steve McLaren’s side fire a blank here. It could be a close contest between the teams currently placed 4th and 8th but their respective attacking units will be confident of getting amongst the goals here.
Oldham v Peterborough (League 1)
In League One, 17th placed Oldham host 5th place Peterborough in what should be a game of goals for both sides.
In Britt Assombalonga, Posh have one of League One’s most lethal strikers. The summer signing from Watford has already hit 20 goals this season, including one during Tuesday’s win over Notts County, and will be out to add to his personal tally at Boundary Park.
Should their top scorer have an off day, Peterborough have a number of other players capable of finding the net. Nicky Ajose scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s win whilst the likes of Tomlin are also more than capable of taking a chance. Posh are amongst League One’s top scorers and have seemingly recovered from the recent blip thanks to two wins (and seven goals) in the past week.
Nevertheless, Posh’s problems continue to be in defence. Oldham will be optimistic of scoring at home against a side that has conceded 35 in games this season and 10 in their last 5. The home side have only scored 27 in 26 but in front of their own support will be confident. Meanwhile, they’ve conceded 34 – not that we need any extra reason for thinking Peterborough will score.
The reverse fixture in August ended 2-1 to Posh and it could be a similar story here.
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