THE BTTS COUPON – 1st February
After a midweek shocker, we’re hoping to get back to winning ways on the BTTS coupon here.
Not all of our selections are on the fixed odds coupon this week so we’ll be playing it as a normal treble on Sky Bet. Good luck.
Fulham V Southampton
Following three straight defeats, Fulham and Rene Meulensteen know that an improvement in form will be required if they are to retain their Premier League status. Three points against Southampton would help relieve some of the pressure.
With West Ham and Sunderland both picking up points on Wednesday, Fulham enter the weekend in the bottom three. A positive result against Southampton will be an absolute necessity and, with the current situation at Craven Cottage, attack is easily their best form of defence.
A 2-0 defeat at Swansea brought up the half century of Premiership goals scored against Fulham this year and they are by far the leakiest back-line in the division. Even bottom placed Cardiff have conceded ten fewer than the Cottagers and the chances of a clean sheet in any game look slim.
Against Southampton, the odds are even more stacked. Even with Lambert and Osvaldo absent, they scored twice against Arsenal. Prior to that they also hit two away at Sunderland and so will be confident of scoring against the league’s worst defence.
However, the Saints have been shipping a lot of goals in recent weeks. After boasting the best defence during the season’s infancy, they’ve now conceded in eight of the last ten. Fulham may be low in confidence as a team, but Dimitar Betbatov is always a threat. The Bulgarian is always capable of producing magic, whilst the supporting cast of Bent and co are also capable of finding the net.
Personally, I can see this being a third successive score draw for the Saints.
Bristol City V Carlisle
In League One, Steve Cotterrill’s Bristol City are desperate for three points against Carlisle United but may need to score several times if they are going to claim the spoils.
The Robins are still stuck in the relegation zone following consecutive 3-1 defeats, inflicted by Wolves and Brentford respectively, and need a return to winning ways at Ashton Gate on Saturday. They sit 23rd, but the one thing they have got going for them is the ability to find the net.
Despite their lowly position, City aren’t having any trouble in the final third. Regardless of poor form, they’ve scored in their past eight outings to bring their tally for the season to 38. With more goals than 4th placed Preston, attack is not where the problems lie. Unfortunately, they have shipped 45 – including eight in their three most recent matches.
With City’s last five matches all ending with BTTS coming in, punters can be confident in this selection.
In their last ten matches, Carlisle have failed to score on three occasions but all of those blanks were against teams in the top 6. When playing teams further down the table, they’ve been pretty regular scorers. That was evidenced by the three goals against MK Dons on Tuesday.
Against a team who have conceded 45 already, Oldham have no reason to fear the trip to Ashton Gate.
Rochdale V Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge make the trip north to Rochdale hoping for a first win in five. Three points might be beyond the Essex club, but they should at least get on the scoreboard.
In the last week, Daggers have record back-to-back score draws with Scunthorpe and Southend. With those draws preceded by a trip to Fleetwood, this is now the fourth consecutive game where Wayne Burnett’s men have face a promotion-chasing opponent. It’s been a tough fortnight, but they’ve acquitted themselves well.
With 36 scored and 36 conceded from 28 games, Daggers are one of the most exciting League Two teams to watch from a neutrals point of view. With over 2.5 goals a game being spread evenly, the BTTS has come in more often than not when Dagenham play.
Home side Rochdale will almost certainly score. The promotion-chasers have scored in seven of their last eight encounters. Only Scunthorpe have kept a clean sheet against the Dale and with 43 goals in the league so far this campaign, it would take a brave man to bet against them at least getting one here.
The reverse fixture, in October, ended 3-1 to Dagenham. That scoreline, but in Rochdale\s favour, may be a good shout for Saturday’s clash.
The £10 fixed odds treble pays £50.93 at Sky Bet