A massive weekend of football ahead with the Capital One Cup final as well as some big Premier League games, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we concentrate on Sunday’s action, let’s try and bolster those bank accounts with a Both Teams to Score treble for Saturday afternoon.
Rotherham vs Brentford
I’m starting my treble in Yorkshire as two sides who have conceded more goals than any other in The Championship meet at the New York Stadium. Both sides have conceded 12 goals each in their last 6 games, and though Rotherham are on a dire run of form, I think they have what it takes to find the net here.
The hosts come into this game with just 1 win and 4 points from their last 10 games in all competitions, a run which sees them sitting 6 points adrift of safety and 22nd in the league. It’s going to have to be one hell of a push to survive this season from Neil Warnock’s men. But despite their poor run of form lately, Rotherham have always been somewhat of a banker to find the net on home soil, scoring in 13 of their 16 home games this season and I think they can add to that tally against the visitors Brentford this weekend.
Brentford sit a respectable 11th in the Championship, almost definitely safe from relegation and probably out of contention for the playoffs. But this is only their 2nd season at this level since gaining promotion from League One so you have to respect what they’ve achieved. The visitors come into this after a convincing 3-0 win over Wolves in the week and having scored in 12 of 16 away games this season, they too are a pretty sure bet to find the net here.
Both sides have been shaky in defence recently with Rotherham shipping 7 goals in their last 3 home games and Brentford shipping 8 in their last 3 away. So with teams who are perfectly capable of scoring but are shocking at the back, I think we could see a replica of the 2-1 scoreline we saw when the two met back in October.
Colchester vs Shrewsbury Town
Ahhhhh good old Colchester have been the bet that dreams are made of this season when it’s come to goals and I’m expecting much of the same this weekend as they host Shrewsbury.
Colchester have conceded a pretty incredible 78 goals in 32 games so far this season, by some distance the worst defensive record in England. And sitting 10 points adrift at the bottom of League One with only 12 games left to play means their fate is pretty much sealed in my eyes, especially when they just cannot get a run of form together. Last weekend Colchester were beaten 5-2 at the hands of Bury and their last clean sheet came back in September in a 2-0 win over Bradford here at home. That was 26 games ago though and although they are absolutely shocking defensively; their record of scoring in 13 of their 16 home games has to be taken into account here.
The visitors are Shrewsbury Town who are also on the brink of relegation but really need 3 points from this. They’re nestling on the edge of the relegation zone due to their goal difference and this is a prime opportunity to improve that against England’s worst defensive record. They’ll be disappointed with their FA Cup exit against Man United on Monday, but now they can concentrate on survival in League One and having scored in 6 of their last 7 away games, they should be able to punish a poor outfit in Colchester this weekend.
When the two met at Shrewsbury earlier this season it finished 4-2 to the home side, and we could be on for another thrilling scoreline this weekend between two sides battling to survive the drop.
AFC Wimbledon vs Oxford United
From 2 fixtures between sides who can’t defend to a League Two meeting between two sides who can certainly score goals. Fans should be in for a treat this weekend as two sides chasing promotion face off at the Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Wimbledon’s season has been nothing short of miraculous given that they’ve finished 15th, 16th and 20th in the last 3 seasons. Neal Ardley’s men sit 5th in the league but it’s so tight between about 7 sides for those last few playoff spots, so they need to keep the charge going if they’re to secure promotion. Wimbledon have bagged 15 goals in their last 6 games, the best of any side in League Two and here at home they’ve scored in 15 of 18 games.
This weekend Oxford are the visitors and what an incredible season they are having. They’ve lost just twice on their travels this season and have scored in 14 of 16 away games, scoring 4 or more in 3 of their last 4 on the road, which is some going. Michael Appleton’s side currently occupy the last automatic promotion slot but having played 2 games more than Accrington in 4th place, they need to maintain the pressure.
It’s a meeting between two sides who really need the win and are perfectly capable of scoring goals, so I’m adding it as the final selection of my treble with confidence.