The BTTS Coupon – 22nd February
It’s back to league football and we’re returning to Bet Fred’s fixed odds Goals Galore coupon with hopes of hitting a 9/2 winner.
Good luck if you follow.
West Bromwich Albion V Fulham
At the Hawthorns, two of the Premier League’s newest managers do battle for three vital points in the fight for top-flight survival.
The Baggies form might be awful, but they are scoring goals. Pepe Mel’s side have scored in nine of the last 10 league matches, with the most recent five being BTTS winners. They often only register the single goal, but against a shaky Fulham defence you’d expect them to at least match that.
Whilst Fulham’s defence is the worst in the division by some distance, they too will be optimistic of scoring on Saturday after that impressive 2-2 draw at Old Trafford a fortnight ago. Unfortunately they did lose the following match at home to Liverpool, but once again they did score twice and Feliz Magath’s side can certainly take confidence from that.
Neither team are prolific scorers but their respective defences are just as bad, if not worse. It wouldn’t be surprised if the pair meet in the Championship next season and the fact that both teams desperately need three points may allow for an action-packed encounter.
Sheffield United V Bristol City
At the bottom of League One, the underachieving pair of Sheffield United and Bristol City clash at Bramall Lane.
Despite their lowly overall positions, both sit in the top half of the recent form chart. The Blades have picked up an impressive 10 points in their last six to drag themselves to safety whilst Bristol City’s eight points in as many games has also seen them climb out of the relegation zone.
Within those six matches, the Robins have scored and conceded ten goals. In fact, you have to go back to November to find the last Bristol City match that didn’t see goals at both ends of the pitch. When combined with Sheffield United’s recent scoring exploits, this selection looks very good indeed.
The Blades have kept a few clean sheets recently but, with Sam Baldock in the side, you always fancy City to score.
This is an important match that offers both teams a chance to increase the gap to the bottom four, that should hopefully lead to an exciting end-to-end encounter.
Morecambe V Oxford United
League Two side Morecambe have struggled lately and that has subsequently ended any hopes of reaching the play-offs. However, they could give promotion-chasing Oxford United a good game this weekend.
The U’s, meanwhile, currently occupy the third and final automatic promotion spot and caretaker boss Mickey Lewis will be hoping to guide them to an eight away win of the campaign at the Globe Arena.
Since Chris Wilder’s bizarre decision to make the switch to Northampton, Oxford have scored in five of their six league encounters – the only blank coming in the direct aftermath of the former manager’s exit.
At the Kassam Stadium, Oxford won 3-0 and there is no reason to doubt the U’s ability to get on the scoreboard again here. With home advantage, though, Morecambe will also expect to score – even if they can’t secure any points.
The 1-0 loss to Burton two weeks ago was Morecambe’s first blank in six home matches and they’ll be aiming to make amends on Saturday. Against an Oxford side who have kept just one clean sheet in five, they must fancy their chances.
The £10 fixed odds treble returns £55 with Bet Fred, roughly £5 more than if you placed as a regular treble elsewhere.