The BTTS Coupon – 11th February
Another matchday and hopefully another midweek goal-fest. There’s games across all five of England’s top divisions and here’s a selection of six teams who we think will all find their way onto the scoreboard.
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Cardiff City V Aston Villa
After the disappointing derby defeat on Sunday, Old Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to see his side bounce back at home to Aston Villa but will have to be wary of a Paul Lambert side that tend to be better on the road.
Like Cardiff, Villa suffered a damaging defeat at home to West Ham last weekend and despite sittin 12th will know there is still a lot of work to be done in order to ensure the club are playing in theg top-flight next term. Meanwhile, Cardiff look destined for an instant return to the Championship unless they turn things around immediately, starting with this crucial contest.
Defensively, both sides are poor; Villa have shipped 36 whilst Cardiff’s goals against tally shows 44. It’s an alarming rate for both clubs and is a major cause for improvement in both cases. You certainly wouldn’t be confident on backing either side to keep a clean sheet.
Solskjaer, a legendary striker in his playing days, knows his side need goals if they are going to achieve an unlikely survival. In Zaha and Jones, he has added firepower capable of threatening a vulnerable Villa defence and the instructions will surely be to put pressure on the away side from th off.
However, that could play straight into the hands of Paul Lambert’s side. Villa love to counter-attack with pace and power, which is the main reason their away form is so much greater than their home. With Benteke and Agbonlahor, they always have a chance of goals and will view the trip to Wales as a potential three points.
Nevertheless, you do still fancy the odd wobble from the away side and the noisy home supporters may just help their side to victory. Whatever happens, it should be an exciting fixture and hopefully will produce goals at both ends.
Bolton Wanderers V Burnley
In an 8PM kick-off, Bolton host rivals Burnley in what could be a gripping affair.
The Championship table shows that Burnley (2nd) are enjoying a far better season than Tuesday’s host but, despite a lowly 19th position, Bolton will be confident of at least claiming a point in front of their home support.
Wanderers have scored in 10 of their last 11 league matches at the Reebok, registering nine strikes in their most recent five, and won’t be frightened by Burnley. During that run of five, Bolton are unbeaten and so Burnley may have their work cut out if they want to cut away at Leicester’s 11 point lead.
Sean Dyche is desperate for automatic promotion, even if that be via the 2n place positon that they currently occupy. Third placed QPR trail Burnley on goal difference alone and, as the Clarets have played one game more, three points at the Reebok are vital if they are to keep up that challenge.
In two Championship matches this month, Burnley have recorded six goals. This is part of a sequence in which they’ve scored in 6 of their last 7 outings and in Danny Ings they have a striker who you would always fancy to take any chance that comes his way.
The reverse fixture, back in August, ended in a 1-1 draw – a similar result would be perfect here.
Yeovil V Millwall
One of the night’s other Championship matches comes from Huish Park, and for Yeovil and Millwall it carries just as much importance as Burnley will feel their trip to Bolton holds.
However, instead of chasing promotion, these two are concerned with just one target – Championship survival. A run of one win in 10 has left Yeovil rock bottom, whilst Millwall sit precariously above the drop in 21st after suffering the exact same dismal run. This game couldn’t be more important for two sides staring down at the very real possibility of playing League One football next season.
Neither side score many so this may seem a risky selection but, in a match of poor attackers against poor defenders, I fancy the forwards to come out on top in this one.
Both clubs need to go for the full three points and that should lead to a relatively open game from the start. The two defences have conceded over 100 goals between them, including five (3 and 2 respectively) at the weekend. Both teams have conceded in each of their last three and that run could well be extended to four here.
Hard to predict the outcome, but there should be chances at both ends. Hopefully the strikers will have a rare good day at the office.
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