The BTTS Coupon – 3rd May
It’s the final weekend of Football League action and we’re hoping to end the regular season on a bang with this week’s BTTS selection.
After pulling out a winning treble at odds of just over 3/1 last week, confidence is high, and hopefully these six teams will all find the target on Saturday afternoon.
Aston Villa v Hull City
Times are getting pretty desperate for Paul Lambert’s Villa, but a win against Hull would virtually ensure their Premier League status for another year.
Villa are in awful form, picking up just a single point from the last available. However, they have scored in four of those six matches and will be optimistic of finding the target against a Hull side who conceded two at Fulham last week.
The Tigers are safe, which signals a terrific season for Steve Bruce’s side. Equally impressive is the fact they have reached the FA Cup final for the first time ever. However, on the downside that showpiece event has proved somewhat of a distraction for Hull, who have not played well since claiming victory in the semi-final.
Including that semi-final, Hull have shipped eight goals in just three matches. That will provide Villa with a lot of confidence during the build up to this crucial clash. On the other hand, the Tigers have also scored seven in that period and their attackers will be aiming to take advantage of a vulnerable home defence.
It’s certainly tough to call the outcome of this one, but there is certainly reason to predict goals for both teams.
MK Dons v Leyton Orient
In League One, Leyton Orient will be hoping to build some momentum ahead of the play-offs as they visit the Stadium: mk.
The O’s will be gutted not to be going up automatically, falling away in the final third of the season, but Russell Slade’s men will still be confident of gaining promotion. With 82 goals, they are League One’s third-highest scorers and that should put them in good spirit ahead of the play-offs; a win at the MK Dons would certainly improve the general mood at Brisbane Road.
Like Orient, the Dons have also fallen away towards the end of the season. Unfortunately for Karl Robionson’s men, though, their poor form sees them miss out on the play-offs and the Milton Keynes club will have to put thoughts of Championship football on hold for another year.
MK Dons have scored 62 goals this season, which is pretty good. However, they’ve also conceded the same amount – those defensive worries have ultimately been their achilles heel.
The Dons last two League One matches have both ended 2-2, results that mirror their overall season. Expect more of the same on Saturday.
Bristol Rovers v Mansfield Town
Bristol Rovers may have a three point gap over the bottom two, but the Pirates know there is still some work to be done as the final day approaches.
With Wycombe facing rock-bottom Torquay, Darrell Clark’s men will be prepared for the eventuality that they require a draw for survival. The Bristolians do also have the comfort of knowing that Northampton would also need to better their result in order to send the Pirates down, nevertheless they will seek that one point to secure safety.
Rovers aren’t in great form, but they are at least scoring. Five of their last six League Two fixtures have ended in BTTS winners and they’ll be expecting to notch again in their final match of the season.
However, mid-table Mansfield will be hopeful of ending their first year back in the Football League on a high by recording a first win in four. The Stags have played well this season, sitting 13th in the standings, and could secure a top-half finish with three points at the Memorial Ground.
The main downfall for Mansfield, though, is their defensive record. Only four teams have shipped more League Two goals than the Stags this term, which will serve as a huge source of inspiration for the determined Pirates.
October’s reverse fixture ended in a score draw, that would suit us just fine.
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