We’re in for a treat this Saturday in the Premier League as a rare 8 ties are played, featuring all of the top 4 but not only do we have the top flight, we have a plethora of football to find a few picks for a little Both Teams to Score treble.
Everton v West Ham
Earlier in the season these were two sides you simply couldn’t ignore when looking at your Goals Galore coupon, and though they have gone off the boil since then, the goals seem to be flowing again for these two sides and we could well witness a decent amount of goals at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Everton come into March knowing it’s a pretty big month and this is probably the easiest of their upcoming fixtures. After this they’ll host Chelsea in the FA Cup before then welcoming Arsenal and travelling to Old Trafford. They still have an outside chance of a Europa League spot if they can put a run together, although their run in doesn’t look favourable for that outcome. But a run of 5 wins in their last 6 games in all competitions for Martinez’s men have at least given them a chance.
Only Man City and West Brom in their last home game have stopped Everton scoring here at home this season, but on the other hand, they’ve only managed clean sheets against bottom two sides Newcastle and Villa, which is why they’re always a decent bet for both teams finding the net here.
The visitors are West Ham who have secured back-to-back 1-0 wins, more recently an impressive win over Spurs. They too have an important FA Cup tie next weekend against Man United, but currently sitting 6th in the league, The Hammers really do have a shot at European football in their new stadium next year.
Bilic’s side started their season with 2+ goals in each of their first 5 away games before dropping off the boil a bit, but with goals in 4 of their last 5 on the road, that form seems to be returning.
What’s most convincing here though for me is the head-to-head stats between the two. Their last 5 meetings have all resulted in both teams finding the net and over the past 10 years, 17 of their 22 meetings in all competitions have seen this bet win. I see this bet sailing home again this weekend.
Dagenham & Redbridge v York
This is an absolutely huge game in League Two this weekend and if Dagenham were to lose this then they can pretty much wave goodbye to league football, as they’ll be a minimum of 7 points from safety having played 2 games more than Hartlepool. And that my friends is just one of the many reasons to back goals here.
Not only do both sides need a win here, neither of them can defend at all. The hosts have kept only 1 clean sheet in 16 home games this season, whereas visitors York have managed only 2 clean sheets in 17 away. That’s the reason that these two occupy the bottom to spots in the league to be honest.
I’m well aware that Dagenham’s home goalscoring record is far from convincing, but they did score against league leaders Northampton here not too long ago, so they can find the net on their day.
York were absolutely battered by an in-form Oxford side in the week losing 4-0 away from home, but they had scored in their 6 games prior to that loss and although their goalscoring record generally has to be questioned, they go up against a poor outfit here and can find the net.
There is much more at stake this time round compared to when the two sides met back in October, but even on that occasion it ended 2-2 and with so much more to play for here, I fancy goals.
Woking v Dover
These two sides seem to be incapable of deciding whether they want to get promoted or not to be honest. They’re them kind of sides who go on an incredible run of form, and then all of a sudden just decide not to play football any more.
Woking are the prime example of this actually losing just 2 of their opening 10 games, winning just 1 of their next 10, losing just 1 of their next 10 and are now without a win in 5. I mean, how does that happen? They come into this having conceded more goals in their last 6 games than any other side in the league and although they have generally been convincing here at the Kingfield Stadium this season, they have conceded in 14 of 18 games.
Dover royally did me over in the week against a poor Southport side and it really was a game that they shouldn’t have lost. But in league and cup it’s now 2 losses in a row, including a lost against lower league Nantwich, when prior to that they had only been beaten by Cheltenham in their last 7. The visitors have only 2 clean sheets in 16 away games this season but have also scored in 13 of those 16.
If either side are to make a last minute push for the playoffs then they need to turn round this dodgy run of form. Dover won the reverse leg 2-0 earlier this season but their last meeting here in Woking finished 3-3 and I’d be pretty chuffed with them both if they can pull that off again.