A lack of matches in the top two divisions means that this weekend’s BTTS treble comes from action in League Two and the Conference.
Despite the lower standard of football it doesn’t make our chances of winning any less likely and we’re hopeful that these six sides will all provide enough entertainment to forget about the absence of action in the Premier League and Championship.
Morecambe V Cheltenham Town
Our first selection comes from League Two as fellow high-flyers Morecambe and Cheltenham do battle at the Globe Arena.
It has been a sensational start for both sides, who currently occupy the number two and three spots in the early season standings, and goals will be expected from Saturday’s showdown. Three points would really send a warning shot to the other title contenders and each side will be equally desperate to come away with a positive outcome.
Between them, these sides have already hit a total of 17 league goals. In Kevin Ellison and Koby Arthur respectively, they also boast two of the top four individual scorers so far so it is fair to assume there will be plenty of action at both ends.
Cheltenham won both head-to-head meetings in 2013/14 without conceding but Morecambe are a much improved side under Jim Bentley. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 20/23 with BetVictor
Kidderminster Harriers V Gateshead
In terms of an entertainment factor, Vanarama Conference side Gateshead have offered their fans plenty to shout about in the early weeks of 2014/15 and we’re expecting that roller-coaster start to continue with their trip to Agborough.
Gateshead fans have already seen 22 league goals after just six matches, with 12 of those coming at the right end. More pleasing for their supporters, though, is their third-placed standing in the table. This is great news for the neutral too because although they tend to win, they are also shipping goals for fun.
In stark contrast, Kidderminster have built their successful beginning on the foundation of a strong defence. The hosts have conceded just twice en route to three wins and three draws from their opening half-dozen fixtures. However, their resolute backline could come under serious threat from Gary Mills’ men.
That doesn’t mean the home team should be ruled out, though, and Gary Whild’s side are certainly capable of picking up the victory, especially if the 3-1 triumph in last year’s corresponding fixture is anything to go by.
In fact, both of last season’s head-to-head encounters ended in 3-1 wins for the respective home sides. Goals should be another theme of the match on Saturday.
BTTS Yes @ ¾ with BetVictor
Telford United V Dover Athletic
At the other end of the table Telford and Dover are in dire need of points as they look to avoid being pulled into an early relegation battle.
Neither defence is particularly strong with the two sides conceding 12 and 13 goals respectively. That, combined with a lack of confidence, could make it another nervy affair for both teams and that could lead to ample mistakes at the back – let’s hope the attacking players can capitalise.
Both teams have been scoring on a fairly frequent basis considering their lowly positions. The hosts have found the target on seven occasions whilst the visitors boast four. Whilst those are hardly sparkling records, each side will be equally optimistic about getting a positive result against their fellow strugglers and that should hopefully incite an end-to-end contest.
Liam Watson’s men claimed a 3-3 draw against Southport in their most recent encounter at the New Bucks Head Ground an early goal for either side could spark this one into life.
It might not stand out as a potential thriller but we think it’s a great candidate for inclusion in our BTTS treble.
BTTS Yes @ ¾ with BetVictor