Goals, goals, goals is what we are hoping for on Saturday and here are three games from the English schedule that we suspect could provide them.
Here are my both teams to score picks for the weekend, good luck if you follow.
NEWCASTLE UNITED V SOUTHAMPTON
At the Sports Direct Arena, two of the league’s overachievers do battle as 7th placed Newcastle take on 8th placed Southampton in a game that could be a classic for the neutral.
Both teams are scoring well this season (20 and 19 in 15 games respectively) and each have individuals capable of scoring even if the game doesn’t live up to the hype.
In a difficult run of fixtures, Saints have failed to win in four and Pochettino will be determined to end that sequence against the Magpies. Their incredible early season defensive record has somewhat evaporated though as they’ve not kept a clean sheet in six. Those problems are increased by the absence of first-choice stopper Artur Boruc through injury.
Nonetheless, their firepower is impressive and could be enough to ensure they at least pick up a point. However, Newcastle will have something to say about that particular after the high of winning at Old Trafford last weekend.
Pardew’s French revolution have been near faultless since the derby defeat to Sunderland and you have to fancy them scoring. A score draw is a definite possibility in this one.
BTTS Yes 4/6 with William Hill
NOTTINGHAM FOREST V IPSWICH TOWN
In the Championship, two promotion chasing sides come face to face as Billy Davies’ Forest host Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich.
Since taking over at Portman Road, McCarthy has steadied the Ipswich ship and after steering his side to safety last year he now harbours hopes of leading them to the Premier League via the play-offs. Three wins have propelled his team to 9th and with 30 goals scored are one of the division’s most prolific goal-getters.
The financial situation at Portman Road is still a little unclear, which is probably a sign that it isn’t good, but on the pitch Town have been affluent in front of goal and have a number of players capable of finding the net. However, whilst they are scoring at a rate of over 1.5 a game, they are also conceding a fair few by allowing opponents to register 24 strikes in 19 matches against them.
Forest are battling against some inconsistent form of late but still find themselves safely in the play-off zone at this stage of the season. Davies’ side have won just once at the City Ground in six attempts but are still scoring on a regular basis; in ten home matches this term, a 1-0 loss to Blackpool was their only blank.
Both teams will be raring to go for this one and it should be a pretty entertaining affair.
BTTS Yes 8/11 with William Hill
ACCRINGTON STANLEY V EXETER CITY
James Beattie’s Accrington Stanley are one of League Two’s in form sides and, despite losing last time out at relegation threatened Northampton, have incredibly arisen from the dead of being rock bottom and cut adrift to 19th with a run of 5 wins and 3 draws before that loss to the Cobblers.
It may have taken a bit of time but something has clicked for Stanley in recent weeks and they can now look to the possibility of climbing even further up the table. The terrible start means that promotion is beyond them but if they can continue their recent form then a top-half finish could certainly be on the cards.
The loss to Northampton was their first blank in eight matches and Beattie will be focused on getting a response from his side against Exeter.
As for Exeter, they currently occupy a mid-table berth of 11th place but could still potentially force themselves into play-off contention considering there is still over a half a season remaining. Poor recent form has seen them slide down the table but goals have still been fairly consistent with the Grecians scoring in four of their last five outings.
A hard one to predict the outcome of but both teams will fancy their chances of scoring.
BTTS Yes 8/11 with Will Hill
A £10 treble on the 3 above selections returns £49.72 at William Hill