The BTTS Coupon – 29th March
Only Portsmouth cost us on our 11/2 treble last week and hopefully we’ll get a bit more luck with our selections this week.
With most teams still playing for something, every game becomes increasingly important at this stage of the season and so we should see a lot of goals.
Here are our picks for Goals Galore from this weekend’s action:
Swansea City V Norwich City
If any of Saturday’s Premier League matches is going to have goals at both ends, then it could be the contest at the Liberty Stadium in Wales.
Swansea’s last six league matches have all ended in BTTS winners, with Garry Monks’ men scoring 10 and conceding 13 in that period. Their erratic form has seen them pick up a credible point at the Emirates, whilst losing at home to West Brom – there isn’t much consistency to the Welsh sides level of performance lately, but there has been regularity in the frequency of goals at both ends of the pitch in their matches.
Meanwhile, Norwich are in equally inconsistent form. However, like Swansea, Chris Hughton’s men are scoring goals – seven in their last five to be precise – and will be confident of finding the net in Wales.
The reverse fixture ended 1-1 and all five Premier League meetings between the two have seen goals at both ends. That run should be extended to six here.
BTTS Yes @ 5/6 with Paddy Power
Birmingham City V Bournemouth
Birmingham City are looking for a first home win since October 1st as well as their first clean sheet at St Andrews of 2014.
A 3-2 win away at Millwall, who coincidentally are also the team whom Blues last beat at home, has established an eight-point gap over the bottom three so Lee Clark’s men can at least sigh with relief over the coming weeks as the threat of relegation has now subsided.
Nevertheless, their home form is a huge cause of concern for Blues fans. Despite that poor record, they have at least found the net eight times in their most recent five matches at St Andrews – in addition to those three goals in London on Tuesday night.
However, their problems clearly lie in defence and Clark’s side have now conceded twice or more in each of their last eight home matches in all competitions. A Bournemouth team who fired four against Leeds on Tuesday will be eagerly awaiting the trip to St Andrews.
That win move the Cherries up to 10th, which signals a fantastic season for Eddie Howe’s men. However, they have conceded 33 in 19 away matches this term and will do well to record a clean sheet at St Andrews.
You have to fancy the away side to pick up at least a share of the spoils, but Birmingham should still score.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11 with Paddy Power
Crewe Alexandra V Coventry City
In League One, Crewe and Coventry have been amongst the goals lately and most fans will expect that trend to continue in Saturday’s meeting at Gresty Road.
With 136 goals split equally at either end of the pitch, Coventry’s 38 games have been action-packed and makes them one of the favourites for a BTTS selection.
An average of nearly 1.8 goals at both ends is in itself enough to tempt us with this bet, but the fact that five of their last six matches have been BTTS winners is another huge source of optimism for this pick.
Along with that, Crewe’s last six matches have all ended in a BTTS winner. Their return of 46 goals is hardly prolific, but they’ll be confident of getting on the scoreboard at home to Coventry. Nevertheless, after conceding 73 this term, Alexandra won’t be confident of shutting out the Sky Blues and may need several goals if they are going to win this one.
Quite short odds this one, but there is a reason for that. Both teams should score, regardless of the result.
BTTS Yes @ 8/15 with Paddy Power
A £10 treble returns £48.56 with Paddy Power