The Championship season is really starting to hot up and Tuesday’s fixture list throws up a couple of mouth-watering affairs that could mean the neutrals are in for a treat.
Meanwhile, the nature of cup games mean that goals are always a strong possibility as teams whom fall behind throw the kitchen sink into their attempts to level proceedings.
Here’s our pick of three games we think have the potential to produce goals at both ends of the pitch.
BOLTON WANDERERS V HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
A mid-table clash at the Reebok sees Bolton take on Huddersfield in a battle of the north and it could possibly be the most exciting Championship game of the night.
As well as being a match that both sets of supporters will have looked forward to for weeks, it is a fixture that should be full of action between two sides that have produced plenty of goals at both ends over recent weeks.
Bolton’s last five home matches have seen both teams score. Last month’s 3-1 win over Millwall (their only match at the Reebok all month) ended a run of 4 straight score draws and the Wanderers will be hopeful of picking up a further three points against a Huddersfield team that has only won one of its last 7 matches on the road.
Huddersfield’s inconsistent form sees them slap bang in the middle of the Championship table with six wins, six losses and five draws. It’s hard to know what to expect from them in terms of a results but the one thing we can anticipate is goals.
Their last 9 league outings have ended with both teams scoring, at the Reebok you have to fancy them making it 10.
YEOVIL V BLACKPOOL
In the Championship, both Yeovil and Blackpool will be looking to follow up positive weekend results with another three points at Huish Park.
Gary Johnson’s Yeovil climbed off the bottom with that emphatic win at Watford in which the Glovers scored three unanswered goals at Vicarage Road in what is easily their best performance of the season. With spirits high, they’ll be hoping to record a similar scoreline against Blackpool to further close in on those teams just above the drop zone.
Unsurprisingly, Yeovil have found adjusting to the second-tier quite difficult but they are capable of providing a shock from time to time. In addition to Saturday’s win, they have beaten 7th placed Forest 3-1 recently and are determined to prove the doubters wrong. The majority of football supporters wrote Johnson’s side off before a ball had even been kicked; whilst those predictions of relegation are quite likely, the Glovers must be commended for their efforts.
Goals have been hard to come by for Yeovil, but after the morale boosting victory on Saturday I fancy them to get on the scoreboard in front of their home fans here.
Nonetheless, Blackpool are favoured to win this and will be in an equally buoyant mood after delivering a comfortable 2-0 on Paul Ince’s return to the touchline against Sheffield Wednesday.
In 4th place, Blackpool know that every result is important and will want to leave Somerset with at least a point.
Twenty-two goals in 17 games, which includes a current run of scoring in six consecutive games, suggests that they shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the net on Tuesday.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE V ADLERSHOT
In one of the FA Trophy replays, Conference National side Aldershot travel to Weston-super-Mare for what could be a very tricky tie.
Weston-super-Mare have scored 20 in 16 (1.25 a game) matches and sit 10th in the Conference South. Additionally, they are currently on a run of six straight games of scoring at least once; the most recent of those came in Saturday’s away draw against tonight’s opponents.
On home soil, there is no reason for the Seagulls to fear Aldershot. The 1-1 draw at the Recreation Ground should give encouragement to Craig Laird’s men and they are certainly capable of causing an upset against a side who were only relegated from the football league last May.
This will be a tough game for Aldershot but you still have to fancy them to get on the scoreboard at some point. A 10-point deduction makes their league position quite misleading and they are better than the 21st position that they currently occupy. Were it not for that penalty then the Shots would be sitting mid-table.
In the league, Aldershot have won their past two matches but have conceded in both. Shots fixtures have been exciting this season with 28 scored and 29 conceded. Tuesday’s cup trip is a definite selection on the goals galore coupon.
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