THE BTTS COUPON – 18th January
We’ve been on a decent run recently with two winning both teams to score trebles and a winning double (due to the other game being postponed) within our last 5. Only West Brom stopped us from bagging another treble last week and we’re hoping to get back to winning ways with our Saturday selections.
This week we’ve opted for the BetFred fixed odds coupon, which gives us odds of 9/2 when normally it would be 7/2. Lovely jubbly, let’s hope for the win.
BOURNEMOUTH V WATFORD
In the Championship, Watford make the relatively short journey to the south coast as they take on Bournemouth with hopes of grabbing a much needed three points.
Having lost the play-off final last season, the Hornets started this campaign in phenomenal fashion. Their first home game saw them trounce Saturday’s opponents 6-1 as they raced towards the Championship summit. However, since those early weeks of success, Watford have slipped down the table and are now joint on points with Bournemouth – although they have played one game less than the Cherries.
Zola departed and his replacement, Guiseppe Sannino, has not enjoyed the best of starts to his Vicarage Road career. Watford have won just once since the middle of October and could have their work cut out again against Boscombe.
Cherries fans will be satisfied with their current position as they look to consolidate in the Championship and view this as another opportunity to gain more points on the road to securing their place in the second-tier for next season.
Eight points from five games is a decent return for Eddie Howe’s side and has helped install a nine point gap between themselves and the relegation zone. Safety should be all but assured and their ability to score goals (31 in 25) should enable them to remain in the division with relative ease.
However, Tuesday’s FA Cup win has set up a tie with Liverpool and that could provide a distraction for some of Howe’s players. Watford have scored 35 in 24 games this season and will be ready to pounce should the Cherries drop off.
I think this one could be a score draw, which in truth would probably suit both sets of supporters just fine.
PETERBOROUGH V TRANMERE
The stand out selection in League One has got to be Peterborough versus Tranmere.
Peterborough are in terrible form in terms of results, with the misery of four straight league defeats compounded by an FA Cup exit to non-league Kidderminster on Tuesday night. However, they can be relied on when it comes to providing entertaining football – each of their past six league matches have seen goals at both ends, as did Tuesday’s shock cup defeat.
Tranmere are currently offering equally entertaining matches, with the BTTS selection coming good in six of their last seven league matches. Only a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury prevents it from being a perfect seven but the fact remains that they’re aiming to score in an eight consecutive game.
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In spite of sitting just one place above the relegation zone, Tranmere have scored 29 league goals so far; their problems lie with the fact they’ve conceded 45. Meanwhile, Posh’s stats read 37 for and 32 against.
Peterborough did run out 5-0 winners at Prenton Park in August and repeated that scoreline in last month’s corresponding FA Cup game. Nonetheless, I fancy Tranmere to grab a goal at London Road this time around.
SOUTHEND V CHESTERFIELD
League 2 promotion-chasers Southend host fellow hopefuls Chesterfield and if recent results are anything to go by then it could be a long day for both goalkeepers.
In two previous meetings this season (they also met in the FA Cup), both teams scored in each and there is no reason to doubt it could happen again.
Southend amassed five goals over the course of those two encounters, which were both played at Chesterfield, and Phil Brown’s strikers will be even more confient at Roots Hall. As well as the previous successes over the Spireites, the Essex side have scored 32 in 25 league matches including goals in each of the last five.
Chesterfield will want to avenge the two earlier defeats with victory at Roots Hall and know that if results go their way elsewhere then they could end the day at the League 2 summit. Equally important is that they avoid a loss as three points for Southend would see them leapfrog the Spireites into the automatic promotion zone.
Paul Cook’s side currently occupy the third and final automatic promotion slot and with 37 goals in 24 games should be able to rely on his strikers to get on the scoreboard in Essex.
Both defences are quite tight but this should still be a game of goals.