It was another tough week for goals-based punters, with seemingly little rhyme or reason to those matches that enjoyed plenty of goalmouth action and those which fizzled out.
All we can do is stick to the principles that have served us so well all season and hope for the best!
So as the European season comes to its conclusion, here are five both teams to score betting tips to consider:
|Match||Both Teams to Score Yes/No||Odds|
|Tranmere vs Boreham Wood||Yes||10/11|
|Livingston vs Dundee United||Yes||7/10|
|Schalke vs Frankfurt||Yes||4/7|
|Hamburg vs Borussia M’gladbach||Yes||1/2|
|Levante vs Barcelona||Yes||7/10|
|All Five Results as an Accumulator||12/1|
Tranmere vs Boreham Wood – Yes (10/11)
The National League play-off final takes place at Wembley on Saturday, and for both Tranmere and Boreham Wood the stakes are so high.
Tranmere, of course, used to be a Football League institution before falling on hard times, whereas for Boreham Wood this is their first opportunity to secure ascension to the paid ranks.
The Merseysiders have had a wobble of late, losing their last two league games 1-2 before bouncing back with a 4-2 victory against Ebbsfleet in the play-off semi-final (albeit after extra time).
Boreham Wood, meanwhile, love a goal-laden encounter: their last three in the league phase ended 4-2, 2-3 and 3-1, and they beat Sutton United 3-2 in the semi-finals.
The two league meetings between these sides ended 2-2 and 1-2 in Boreham Wood’s favour.
Livingston vs Dundee United – Yes (7/10)
The first leg of this Scottish Premiership play-off ended 3-2 to Livingston, and in a match played at a breakneck speed there could well have been more goals.
If a similar tempo is displayed in Friday’s second leg then we would expect a similar scoreline once more – especially if Dundee United can net an away goal, which would really put the cat amongst the pigeons.
These two sides met four times in the league phase and while BTTS only hit the mark once, each encounter witnessed at least two goals, which is a handy indicator about how this pair go about their business.
Schalke vs Frankfurt – Yes (4/7)
The final round of fixtures in the German Bundesliga has thrown up some intriguing propositions, not least in the quest for a top six finish.
Schalke will finish second whatever happens, and that is a fine achievement aided admittedly by the decline of Borussia Dortmund.
The hosts don’t concede many at home, but Frankfurt will come to party; especially as a win can seal them a sixth place finish and a slot in next season’s Europa League.
This is a side that has won 3-0, lost 3-0 and been defeated 1-4 twice in their last quartet of matches, so we have no idea how this game will pan out!
Hamburg vs Borussia M’gladbach – Yes (1/2)
The Bundesliga campaign is set for a thrilling conclusion at the other end of the table too, with Wolfsburg and Hamburg battling to avoid automatic relegation to the second tier.
Wolfsburg only need a point to survive, but given that they have lost their last three with a goal difference of -8, Hamburg will be giving it everything.
They are the sort of side that can produce goals (at both ends) having won 3-2 and 3-1 and lost 0-3 in their last five matches alone, and Sunday’s opponents, Borussia M’gladbach, are not the sort to die wondering.
BTTS has landed in four of their last five, and in that time they have netted at Bayern and Schalke; the two best teams in Germany according to the league table.
Levante vs Barcelona – Yes (7/10)
Levante may have a dreadful head-to-head record against Barcelona, but after seven wins in their last nine games they might just fancy causing a huge upset on Sunday.
Curiously, BTTS has landed in each of Barca’s last six, and even more surprisingly the La Liga champions have conceded two or more in four of those.
Lionel Messi and co are looking to complete an ‘invincibles’ season, and you would expect them to get a positive result here. But their fragile defence might get a thorough examination from Levante’s in-form attacking options.