The BTTS Coupon – 14th June
The FIFA World Cup may have us all excited, but it does mean that there is a distinct lack of club football being played this weekend.
Fortunately, we’ve still highlighted these three games (including one World Cup fixture) as having the potential for goals in our Saturday BTTS treble.
GAIS V Osters. 3PM
One of the few divisions still in action this weekend is the Swedish second tier and the afternoon’s first encounter comes from the Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg as GAIS host Osters in what should be an interesting affair.
Neither team has won any of their respective last four matches, so this is a hugely significant fixture for both – particularly for the hosts, who currently sit in the relegation zone. GAIS have only registered nine goals in 11 Superettan matches, but they’ll be confident of finding the target here.
In fairness, their home record is a little better with five goals in as many outings and Kjell Pettersson’s side will fancy their chances against an Osters defence that has already shipped 16 this season.
Nevertheless, the visitors will be equally optimistic of their chances and will be looking to add to their 17 goals so far. They may have registered just a single win on the road, but 11 goals in 5 away matches is enough reason to believe they’ll get on the scoreboard in Gothenburg.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11 with William Hill
Degerfors V Jonkopings. 5PM
Another match from Sweden’s Superettan sees seventh-placed Jonkopings travel to lowly Dengerfors in what should be an action-packed thriller.
After just 11 games, the visitors have already scored 18 times. However, a defensive record of 13 conceded will certainly give Degerefors hope. The hosts themselves have found the net on 15 occasions, although shipping 24 tells us exactly why they sit fourth-bottom at this stage of the season.
Degerfors last five league matches have all ended in BTTS winners and there is no reason to believe that won’t continue at Stora Valla against Jonkopings, particularly as the past five head-to-head meetings have also ended with both teams on the scoresheet.
This match has the potential to be a goal-fest. We’d be very surprised if this selection loses.
BTTS Yes @ 4/7 with William Hill
Uruguay V Costa Rica. 8PM
England’s World Cup starts at 11PM as the Three Lions take on Italy, but before that is the little matter of Uruguay V Costa Rica.
The South Americans are being tipped as potential dark horses in the competition – isn’t hard to see why when they boast the likes of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Christian Rodrgiuez. However, Costa Rica have been written off rather prematurely and will be determined to prove themselves in Brazil.
Uruguay’s attacking talents should mean that they’ll score at some stage, but the underdogs are equally capable of finding the target in Fortaleza. This is the one Group D fixture in which both teams will be used to the climate and as a result has the potential to be the highest scoring game in the group.
Costa Rica are no pushovers and finished ahead of both Mexico and Honduras on route to Brazil, which will be their third final appearance since 2002. Meanwhile, star striker Alvaro Saborio boasts over 30 international goals and will pose a threat to a Uruguayan defence that has come under question in recent times.
Uruguay should win this match, but let’s not forget they required a play-off to reach the finals. It might not be as one-sided as people are predicting. We’re backing the underdogs to put up a strong fight.
BTTS Yes @ 6/4 with William Hill
A £10 treble returns £67.85