The BTTS Coupon – 8th March
The Football League fixtures are somewhat overshadowed by the FA Cup quarter-finals this week but that doesn’t mean we can’t expect a lot of entertainment across England’s top four divisions.
Here’s a treble of both teams to score matches we think should provide a lot of action for the neutrals; and, more importantly, some extra cash to us punters.
Cardiff City v Fulham
At the Cardiff City it’s a must win game for the Premier League’s bottom clubs and defeat for either would install them as near certainties for the drop.
Both teams need three points in their bids for survival and will need goals in Wales. Neither team are particularly prolific scorers but Fulham have amassed six goals in their last four games, which has included encounters with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. The Cottagers might not be returning many points, but at least they can be confident of getting on the scoreboard in Cardiff.
As for Solskjaer’s side, attack is their biggest problem and the Bluebirds are currently on a run of four matches without a goal. However, at home, they can be optimistic of breaking that sequence against the Premier League’s leakiest defence.
Fulham haven’t kept an away clean sheet since the opening day at Sunderland. If that run continues in Cardiff then it should be a fifth straight BTTS winner involving the Cottagers.
Quite a hard game to predict the outcome of, but with tensions high it should be an entertaining affair. Hopefully these two poor defences will concede yet again,
BTTS Yes @ 4/6 with Paddy Power
Oldham Athletic v Preston North End
In League One, high-flying Preston look to continue their push for promotion with the short trip to mid-table Oldham.
Simon Grayson’s men are aiming to extend their unbeaten league run to 10 at Boundary Park and are easily one of the division’s form sides heading into this weekend’s action. However, despite their impressive results, they have conceded goals on a regular basis lately and four of their last four outings have ended with both teams scoring.
Preston’s record of 48 for; 34 against after 34 matches is a promising statistic as is Oldham’s return of 39 scored and 48 conceded in the same period.
Lee Johnson’s side can’t boast the same impressive form as Preston but they can match their record of four BTTS winners in five matches. The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to Preston, whilst the corresponding match at Boundary Park finished 3-1 to the home side.
Hopefully it will be more of the same on Saturday.
BTTS Yes @ 5/6 with Paddy Power
Morecambe V Southend United
In League Two, both Morecambe and Southend are suffering terrible runs of form but perhaps it is Phil Brown’s Shrimpers who have the greater need to end theirs as soon as possible.
Whilst both teams have registered just three points in their last six matches, it is Southend who are about to see their season torn apart unless they can turn things around. Whilst Morecambe sit safely in mid-table obscurity, the Essex side cling on to their play-off spot in desperation. If Phil Brown can’t mastermind a victory at the Globe Arena then it will be nine games without a win; meanwhile, Morecambe are looking to end their own winless steak, which extends back 10 matches.
Despite their respective poor run of results, both teams have at least been scoring. Jim Bentley’s side have found the net in seven of their 10 winless matches and four of their last five home encounters have seen goals at both ends. Meanwhile, Southend have scored in eight of their previous 10 with five of their last six also ending with BTTS coming in.
Both teams are scoring at a rate of over one goal a game, there’s a good chance that will continue here.
BTTS Yes @ 5/6 with Paddy Power
The £10 treble returns £56.02 at Paddy Power