It’s the final week of the Football League season and all teams will want to go out with a bang. Meanwhile, it’s a huge weekend of Premier League football too, which should provide bags of action.
There’s a good chance that we’ll see goals, goals, goals on Saturday. We’ve selected three matches that we expect to see at least three scored in each. It doesn’t matter which teams score them. We just need nine or more goals distributed nicely across those fixtures.
Leicester City v Everton (5:30PM)
It’s party time at the King Power as Leicester City will continue their miraculous title-winning celebrations. But they’ve still got a game to play, and Everton won’t be turning up to provide an easy win.
Roberto Martinez’s visitors will see this as the perfect opportunity to grab a win, as Leicester have no pressure on them. Likewise, the fact the hosts will have been celebrating over the past few days could open up opportunities for the Toffees too. The quality of Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and co should give them a fantastic chance of increasing their tally of 23 on the road.
Leicester’s situation may make them a little less solid at the back, but they’ll want to put a show on for their supporters. The return of Jamie Vardy will add to their attacking quality while Riyad Mahrez and co will be eager to get in on the act.
We wouldn’t want to predict the winner. However, we’re fairly confident that we will see goals.
Accrington Stanley v Stevenage
A final day victory for Accrington Stanley will see John Coleman’s men promoted to League One, and the Store First crowd will be ready to spur their men on for that final push against Stevenage. Nerves could play a part, but if they perform to their potential, it could be a rout.
With the firepower of Billy Kee and Josh Windass in their ranks, the hosts have every reason to think they’ll boost their goal record. Stanley have already hit 43 home goals this term while Stevenage have shipped 35 on their travels. A first blank in 13 looks unlikely for the hosts.
Stevenage have scored 29 of their own on the road, though, and can capitalise on a home defence that has leaked 30 from 22 on its own patch. The visitors have improved under new boss Darren Sarll and will take extra confidence from the four scored in their last away outing.
Even if they do score, we can’t see them stopping Stanley’s promotion. Back a minimum of three goals.
Notts County v Carlisle United
Goals have been a common feature at Meadow Lane this season, with 63 being scored in 22 matches involving Notts County. Given the fact the Magpies host Carlisle in the final encounter, there’s a good chance of seeing another flurry here.
Mark Cooper’s side have notched 30 at home. Meanwhile, the 20-goal duo of Izale McLeod and Jon Stead will both be eager to end the campaign on a high. However, they shouldn’t expect things all their own way against a team that beat them 3-0 in the reverse clash.
Keith Curle’s men aren’t the division’s highest scorers, but a return of 24 is OK. They should at least find the target once against a home defence that’s often struggled. We’re just not sure whether it’ll be enough to see them gain the points.
Both teams are more than capable of scoring in this one. Let’s just hope that at least one of them registers two.