The last game of the season usually brings a few goals and that’s exactly what I’m looking for in this weeks’ Both Teams to Score treble. Let’s hope we can find a few games that replicate West Brom and Man United’s 5-5 thriller at the end of the 2013 season!
Fulham v Bolton
I’m starting with an old favourite in The Championship as an already relegated Bolton side travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham who themselves have narrowly escaped the drop in a poor season.
The hosts had a little run of results in April which sealed their survival but have since gone on to collect 1 point from their last 4 league games, conceding 12 goals in the process. They’ve conceded a whopping 79 goals in 45 games this season, a record beaten only by today’s opponents Bolton who have conceded 80.
The visitors truly have had a diabolical season and have not only been relegated, they will finish rock bottom of the league, 18 points adrift of safety. The former Premier League outfit will start life in League One next year having won only 5 of their 45 games and although they collected a shock 1-0 win over Hull last weekend, away from home they have failed to win a single league game all season long conceding an average of 2.45 goals per game on their travels.
When the two met earlier this season it finished 2-2 and a similar result here would see us bag this leg of the treble. And with Fulham’s last 5 home league games and 4 of Bolton’s last 5 away league games resulting in both teams finding the net, I really don’t see this one letting us down.
Morecambe v York
Coming into the final game of the season we have a bit of a Both Teams to Score treat in store at the Globe Arena as this looks like one of the bets of the weekend. The best record for both teams finding the net the season sits with Morecambe with 71% of their games resulting in both teams scoring. Who is the second best I hear you ask…well that would be York.
I’ve mentioned Morecambe in a few of my articles in recent weeks and I keep saying that if the season was 5 games longer they could be in real danger of going down. They have been absolutely abysmal since the turn of the year and come into this game against an already relegated York with just 2 wins in their last 20. But one area where they have never failed to disappoint is on the goals front; albeit at both ends. Morecambe’s last clean sheet here at home was back in December and since then they have conceded in 12 consecutive games, but have also scored in 11 of those.
The visitors York already have their fate decided and they’ll be playing in The National League last year having collected only 33 points from 45 games. They’ve conceded 86 goals so far this season, a record beaten only by, yep, you guessed it, Morecambe (90) and away from home have shipped an average of just over 2 goals per game. But they too have a great record of both scoring and conceding with 9 of their last 10 matches resulting in both teams finding the net.
This is tale of two sides who simply cannot defend and with their last 3 meetings resulting in both teams scoring, I’d expect it to become 4 this weekend.
West Ham v Swansea
For my final selection I’m heading to the Boleyn Ground for what will be the second to last game there and I think it could be a pretty entertaining one between two sides who have been full of goals as of late.
63% of West Ham’s games this season have resulted in both teams finding the net, the highest in the Premier League but that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. 6 of their last 7 games have also resulted in both teams finding the net and they have been on a real run recently of both scoring and conceding. Not only that, 5 of their last 7 games have not only won our bet, they have seen each team scoring twice!
Swansea have dragged themselves out of the relegation battle after a decent run and now sit 13th in the league and though recently they have suffered 3-0 and 4-0 losses away from home at Champions Leicester and a struggling Newcastle, prior to that they were an absolute banker for goals on the road. Their previous 8 games in all competitions before those drubbings all resulted in both teams finding the net and I think they can recapture that form this weekend given the confidence from their 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend.