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Weekend Football Betting Preview

Weekend Football Betting Preview

The festive football fixtures continue to come thick and fast with another big weekend of action. The Premier League has Saturday all to itself with 14 of the 20 teams doing battle, while 68 EFL clubs get back to business on Sunday. Boxing Day produced a total of 114 goals from the 44 games played in the top four divisions with an average of 2.59 goals per game. Will we see more goals this weekend from the 44 games scheduled? Charlie Mullan has analysed all the fixtures taking place, highlighting some of the games that might be worth considering when you put your accumulators together.

Charlie’s Choice:
BTTS and over 2.5 goals between Fulham and Stoke City @ 23/20

Stoke gave their supporters a belated Christmas present when they climbed out of the bottom three following their 3-2 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day. Although, it’s not known how many Potters fans actually stayed until the final whistle to see their team pull off one of the best comebacks in the EFL this season. Trailing 2-1 deep into injury time, Stoke stole the points with two very late goals to win 3-2. The task facing former Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill now is to keep Stoke out of the relegation zone and a win at Fulham would boost their chances of doing so. Fulham, like many of the sides at the top of the Championship, have struggled for consistency lately with their 2-1 win over Leeds before Christmas their only win in five. The Craven Cottage side, who are fifth in the table, average 2.75 goals per game while games involving their opponents produce an average of 2.79 goals per game which is why there is a good chance over 2.5 total goals will land in west London. Seven of Fulham’s last eight games have seen three or more goals scored and five of their last six have seen BTTS land. As for Stoke, five of their last six league games have seen a minimum of three goals scored while three of City’s last four away game have seen goals for both them and their opposition. SportPesa are offering odds of 23/20 for the two sides to find each other’s net and combine for three or more goals. Fulham are 33/20 to win and over 2.5 goals land while Stoke are 6/1 to enhance their survival hopes with back-to-back wins with three or more total goals scored.

BTTS: Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City v Barnsley, Fleetwood Town v Bristol Rovers

Supporters of both Norwich (15/4) and Tottenham (5/7) will take a moment to remember their former player Martin Peters who passed away just before Christmas. Peters played for both sides with great distinction and scored England’s second goal in the 1966 World Cup final. A fitting tribute to the World Cup winner would be an open game of football with plenty of goals and if recent form is anything to go by, that could well be the case in this game. Eight of Spurs’ last nine games have seen three or more goals scored while eight of their last 10 have seen games where there have been goals for both Jose Mourinho’s side and their opponents. Before Boxing Day’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa that saw the Canaries drop to bottom of the Premier League, City’s last five games had seen BTTS land while four of those five matches saw a minimum of three total goals scored. The last time Norwich were in the top flight, they lost both meetings with Tottenham 3-0 with Harry Kane scoring from the spot in each as he bagged a brace in both fixtures. Kane is 3/1 to be the game’s first goalscorer with SportPesa who are also are offering odds of 13/1 for Spurs to win this game 3-0. Odds of 5/8 are available for both Norwich and Spurs to find the net while a score draw is trading at 7/2. The home side are 13/2 to win with at least one goal for Tottenham who are 37/20 to win with BTTS landing.

The last four meetings between Swansea (10/11) and Barnsley (3/1) have seen goals at both ends including the reverse fixture at Oakwell on October 19 when Andre Ayew’s 67th minute opener was cancelled out by Alex Mowatt’s equaliser three minutes later. BTTS has been a trend for both sides in recent weeks with Barnsley’s last six league games producing goals for both them and their opponents. The Tykes showed great character to recover from conceding in the fifth minute of their Boxing Day game at home to Championship leaders West Brom to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw thanks to Aapo Halme’s leveller in the last minute. Swansea’s 3-1 loss at Brentford saw the London side climb to third in the table and leave the Welsh side eighth, two points off the play-off places. It was also the sixth game in the Swans’ last seven in which BTTS has landed. Seven of Swansea’s 12 home games have seen goals for both them and their opponents while six of Barnsley’s 11 games away from Oakwell have seen BTTS land. SportPesa have odds of 4/7 for both teams to find the net while a score draw is available at 3/1. The visitors are 21/4 to take all three points back to Yorkshire with at least one goal for Swansea who are 11/5 to win with both sides registering at least one goal.

Bristol Rovers’ trip to Fleetwood (5/7) looks like being one of the games of the day in League One. Rovers (7/2) are sixth in the table just one place and one point better off than Joey Barton’s side who have a game in hand on the Pirates. Fleetwood’s 3-2 win at Rochdale on Boxing Day was their sixth successive league game in which BTTS has landed with Wes Burns popping up with the winner a minute from time. Rovers’ last three league games away from the Memorial Ground have seen goals for both them and the team they have been playing and that includes their 2-1 win at Ipswich. In past meetings, six of the last eight have seen both goalkeepers picking the ball out of their nets and SportPesa are offering odds of 10/11 for goals to be scored by both the Pirates and the home side. A score draw, like Fleetwood’s 2-2 draw at Rotherham in their final game before Christmas is trading at 7/2. Fleetwood are 11/4 to take all three points and climb above their opponents who are 31/4 to win with game despite conceding at least one goal.

Over 2.5 goals: Liverpool v Wolves, Bristol City v Luton Town, Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

Liverpool supporters are enjoying life right now. The newly-crowned club world champions are flying high at the top of the Premier League with a healthy 13-point lead over second placed Leicester, who were soundly beaten 4-0 by the Reds at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day. The result sent a shuddering statement to the rest of the league that it’s going to take something phenomenal to stop Jurgen Klopp’s side from finally getting their hands on the Premier League trophy for the first time in their glittering history. Can Wolves (19/2) be the first to beat the Reds (2/7) in the league this season? Like I said, if they are, it’s going to take something very special indeed. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are capable of going to Anfield and winning, but their defence is going to have to find a way of stopping Liverpool’s front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino who has scored four of his side’s last six goals including the only one in Qatar to win the FIFA Club World Cup. Eight of Liverpool’s last nine league games have seen three or more goals scored and that includes their demolition of their nearest rivals on Boxing Day. Wolves’ 2-1 win at Norwich just before Christmas was the fourth successive game away from Molineux that three or more goals had been scored in games involving the Midlands side. Over 2.5 total match goals is available at 4/7 with SportPesa who are also offering odds of 13/10 for both sides to score and combine for at least three goals netted. In-form Liverpool are 10/13 to win what could be a high-scoring game with a minimum of three goals scored while the visitors are 17/1 to bring an end to the Reds’ incredible run of taking 52 points from a possible 54 in a game with over 2.5 total goals.

When Bristol City (5/7) and Luton (7/2) meet, the two sides usually put on high-scoring games for their supporters. This season, at Kenilworth Road, The Robins were beaten 3-0 which was their heaviest defeat of the season and Luton’s highest win of the campaign so far, not that there has been too to choose from. The Hatters have only won six times and their thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Fulham on Boxing Day was not enough to stop them from dropping into the Championship’s bottom three. A win for City will keep Lee Johnson’s side in the mix for a play-off place at the end of the season. Coming off four straight losses, the pressure will be on City to get back to winning ways with a few goals to spare if possible. On Boxing Day, the Robins were 13 minutes away from claiming a much-needed win at Charlton after goals from Andreas Weimann and Niclas Eliasson put them in a winning position. But Macauley Bonne and Alfie Doughty turned the game on its head and sent the Robins back to Ashton Gate empty-handed. Over 2.5 total goals is on the market at 10/17 with SportPesa who are also offering odds of 20/21 for both teams to score and combine for three or more goals in the West Country. Bristol City are 13/10 to win with over 2.5 total goals scored while the visitors are 15/4 to complete a league double over their opponents with a minimum of three goals registered.

Cardiff (15/4) travel to Sheffield Wednesday (20/29) hoping they don’t need to perform another dramatic comeback like the one they pulled off in their last away game in the Championship. That was at Elland Road when the Bluebirds found themselves 3-0 down to Leeds with half an hour to play that left them staring a second successive defeat in the face. But Neil Harris’ side found another gear to stun the promotion hopefuls with three late goals, with the equaliser coming after Sean Morrison had been sent off. The Owls go into the game still reeling from the manner of their 3-2 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day. Leading 2-1 in the third minute of added-on time, the Potters stunned their visitors with goals from Tyrese Campbell and Sam Vokes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In seven of Wednesday’s last 10 games, three or more total goals have been scored while three of Cardiff’s last four fixtures played away from the Welsh capital have seen a minimum of three goals scored. SportPesa are offering odds of 1/1 for there to be three or more goals scored at Hillsborough and odds of 29/20 are on the market for both the Owls and Bluebirds to score and combine for over 2.5 total goals. Wednesday are 17/10 to win this game with at least three total goals scored while the Welsh side are 53/20 to claim their first league win in five games with over 2.5 goals scored.

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