Another massive weekend of EFL action is approaching where teams are in need of points for different reasons. Charlie Mullan picks out a treble with a game from the Championship, League One and League Two from what promises to be another thrilling weekend of action.
West Brom to beat Preston and both teams to score
SportPesa are offering odds of 2/3 for both teams to score when Preston (20/21) travel to West Brom (14/5). Six of the last eight league games at the Hawthorns have seen both the Baggies and their opponents score while four of Preston’s last five league games away from Deepdale have seen both sides hit the net.
West Brom are 5/2 to win this game with goals for both teams while Preston are 11/2 to claim all three points with both teams scoring which has happened in the last two meetings between these two sides which have also produced exactly five goals in each game. In the corresponding fixture last season, West Brom won 3-2 with all five goals coming in the first half. This season, the outcome was the same with all five goals coming after half-time at Deepdale. Over 4.5 goals to be scored in this contest is available at 17/4.
After losing 2-0 at home to Leeds on Tuesday night, Preston’s play-off hopes are fading fast while West Brom are likely to have to settle on a play-off place after a 3-2 defeat at Bristol City dented their hopes of winning automatic promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking. There are certainly cause for optimism for Preston who have won six of their last seven away games with a recent defeat at Reading ending a run of six straight wins.
In the first 15 minutes of matches, Preston have outscored their opponents 9-0 while Albion have been outscored 6-12 in the opening 15 minutes. A goal to be scored between the first and 15th minute is trading at 21/10. Preston have won all seven away games in which they have scored first while West Brom have taken 25 points from a possible 33 after opening the scoring. Preston are 59/20 to score the first goal this time with the Baggies 5/8 to open the scoring at the Hawthorns.
Both sides have been reduced to 10 men in recent games with Preston’s Ben Pearce dismissed at the start of the second half against Leeds in midweek while West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazy was shown a red card last weekend in their 2-0 defeat at Millwall.
In the goalscoring market, Jay Rodriguez has scored 26 per cent of West Brom’s league goals this season and he is 6/4 to score anytime and 5/1 to bag the first goal for the Baggies. For Preston, Alan Browne will be looking to add to the 11 goals he has scored this campaign and is a generous 33/10 for anytime scorer and 10/1 to find the back of the net first.
Charlton and Luton to draw and both teams to score
The standout fixture in League One sees league leaders Luton (23/20) travel to Charlton (9/4) with both sides aiming to preserve their impressive unbeaten records. It’s been 28 games home and away since Luton last lost including 13 matches away from home while the Addicks have gone 14 games since their last home defeat when Coventry beat them 2-1 at the Valley on October 6.
Luton’s four defeats this season have all come on the road against the teams currently third, fourth, sixth and seventh and Charlton, currently fifth, will be hoping to complete that sequence. Whatever the outcome, expect this to be a close game. Three of those four losses Luton have had have been by a single-goal margin while eight of Charlton’s nine losses have been by the slimmest of margins. The Hatters are 43/20 with SportPesa to beat Charlton by a single-goal margin while the Addicks are 16/5 to win by a single-goal margin.
The opening 15 minutes of the second half should be interesting given the trend both teams have of scoring between the 46th and 60th minute. Lee Bowyer’s side have outscored their opposition 12-2 while Mick Harford’s Luton have scored 13 and conceded four in the same period. A goal to be scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half is trading at 33/20.
Forest Green to beat Macclesfield and both teams to score
The great escape is well and truly on for Macclesfield (9/2) after Sol Campbell’s side came from 1-0 and 2-1 down to promotion-chasing Exeter (5/8) to win 3-2 in midweek and climb out of League Two’s relegation zone. The win extended the Silkmen’s unbeaten run to five games during which they have taken nine points while their opponents have taken 10 points from their last five matches despite losing 2-1 to MK Dons in their last home game.
Macclesfield’s 3-2 win over Exeter was the fourth successive game in which both teams have scored while Rovers’ 2-1 win at Crawley was the third time in four fixtures it has happened. SportPesa are offering odds of 53/20 for Forest Green to win with both teams scoring while Macclesfield are 10/1 to take the three points with both teams finding the net. Both teams scored in the first meeting earlier this season when Scott Wilson equalised for Macclesfield after Dale Grubb opened the scoring for Rovers in a 1-1 draw.
Rovers are 20/49 to score first which they have done 24 times this season winning 13 and losing three while Macclesfield have scored first 17 times winning six and losing five and they are 23/10 to open the scoring this time. Leading the market in the goalscoring market is Rovers’ Christian Doidge who is 15/4 to score the first goal and 6/5 to be an anytime scorer while Macclesfield’s Scott Wilson is 33/10 to find the net anytime during the game and 9/1 to score first.
West Brom to beat Preston and both teams to score @ 5/2
Charlton and Luton to draw with both teams scoring @ 33/10
Forest Green to beat Macclesfield with both teams to score @ 53/20
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