I love the smell of goals on a Saturday and I’ve been looking over this weekend’s fixtures to find 3 games for a Both Teams to Score treble.
Use and abuse my findings… I don’t mind. Enjoy your weekend!
Bristol City v Bolton
If any fixture has the look of goals about it in The Championship this weekend then it has to be this one. Bolton have been sublime for any BTTS backer this season and I’m expecting that to continue.
It’s a meeting between a Bristol side who are trying to avoid relegation and a Bolton side who are trying to perform miracles if they were to survive and the desperation in both camps could lead to goals.
City have kept only 4 clean sheets in 18 games at Ashton Gate this season and their leaky defence has definitely played a part in their nervy end to the season. Only Fulham and Rotherham have conceded more home goals this campaign.
Bolton have hardly been high scoring away from home but they should be able to capitalise on that defence. The problem is that they have the worst away defence in the league, shipping 39 goals in 18 games making it pretty unlikely that they will either keep a clean sheet or get anything out of this game from a City side who are desperate for points.
These two sides shared a rare 0-0 earlier this season but I expect no repeat of that this Saturday.
Doncaster v Peterborough
Take a look at the bottom of the form table in League One and you’ll find these two sides which to be honest is pretty surprising. Doncaster were a Championship side not too long ago and Peterborough looked like they were going to at least make the playoffs this season. But the two have plummeted down the table after absolutely shocking runs.
Donny are without a win in 12 league games and in that same period, Posh have won only once too. This has left them 20th and 16th in the table respectively and the problem for both has been defensively.
Doncaster’s last clean sheet came in a 0-0 draw away at Fleetwood back in January and for Peterborough it was in early February against Chesterfield. When the two met earlier this season it was Peterborough who walked away with a 4-0 win, but as two sides who really need to get back on track meet here, I expect this to be much closer and with goals at both ends.
Annan Athletic v Berwick
My final pick comes from north of the border as Annan take on Berwick at Galabank. This is a meeting between two sides who are trying to make a late push for the League Two playoffs, though it’s the hosts who stand the greater chance, sitting just a point outside the top 4.
Annan boast a pretty incredible record of having played 21 home games in all competitions this season and scoring in every single one of those. They’ve actually scored 2 or more goals in their last 8 consecutive home games, but another pretty incredible stat is that they have also conceded 2 or more goals in the last 7 of those 8.
Yes, their last 7 games in a row have finished with a minimum of a 2-2 scoreline. The visitors this week aren’t quite as full of goals, but I’m hoping that Annan can bring this out in them.
In league and cup they’ve played 16 games away from home this season, scoring in 11 of those and conceding in 13 which isn’t a bad record really. But 14 of the last 20 meetings between these two clubs have resulted in both teams finding the net, and given that both need the points if they are to reach the playoffs, I just have to back goals.