You know things aren’t going your way when a Both Teams to Score: No bet is downed in just four minutes!
That’s exactly what happened in Croatia vs Denmark, while Russia netted from the penalty spot to down out BTTS: No selection against the Spaniards.
All in all, we landed 2/5 last week, which isn’t great but in the face of some unlikely results in the World Cup is just about passable!
Here are this week’s both teams to score betting tips:
|Match||Both Teams to Score Yes/No||Odds|
|Brazil vs Belgium||Yes||4/5|
|Sweden vs England||No||8/13|
|Hammarby vs Ostersunds||Yes||8/13|
|Ponte Preta v Fortaleza||Yes||11/10|
|Machida Zelvia vs Tochigi SC||No||4/5|
|All Five Results as an Accumulator||16.75/1|
Brazil vs Belgium – Yes (4/5)
Brazil have slipped into fourth gear in their last two victories over Serbia and Mexico, and they may just be ready to put their foot to the floor against a Belgium side that looks suspect defensively.
Opinions are just that….opinions, but this column is of the belief that Vincent Kompany is no longer an elite-level defender, and he was cruelly exposed by Japan last time out with wing backs Thomas Meunier and Yannick Carrasco offering no defensive cover whatsoever.
That forces Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen wider, and leaves Kompany’s brittle legs vulnerable to pacey onrushing midfielders.
We’ve already seen Paulinho score once from a similar play for Brazil and he and Philippe Coutinho could be key in advancing from midfield areas.
Alongside a red hot Neymar and Willian, Brazil will surely find the net against a fragile Belgian backline.
But we can’t rule out a side featuring messrs Hazard, De Bruyne and Lukaku – they will create chances, and another string to Belgium’s bow is that they have a forceable Plan B: the sizeable presence and elbows of Marouane Fellaini.
Sweden vs England – No (8/13)
There’s good news and bad news here: we expect England to win this game, but the bad news is that we expect it to be a slog against a well-drilled and disciplined Swedish outfit.
The Swedes offer very little going forward: a fact confirmed by the reality that of their six goals so far, two have been penalties, one has been an own goal and another came from a wicked, unforeseen deflection.
But they are a tough old unit to break down too, with three clean sheets kept in four starts.
You can forgive the England players for feeling slightly jaded after Tuesday’s heroics, and that may manifest itself in weary legs and occasionally sloppy play.
Like we say, the Three Lions should win this game, and keeping a clean sheet will be the foundation for that.
Hammarby vs Ostersunds – Yes (8/13)
The Swedish Allsvenskan returns after its six-week break, and both Hammarby and Ostersunds will be hoping to continue where they left off goals-wise.
BTTS has landed in 9/11 Hammarby matches this term, and in seven of their last eight. They score at an eye-popping rate of greater than 2.50 goals per game on home soil.
But Ostersunds are no mugs, and prior to the break they had won matches 4-0, 3-2, 5-2 and 2-0, so goals have a habit of following them around.
Ponte Preta v Fortaleza – Yes (11/10)
We’ll drop in on the Brazilian Serie B now, with all six Ponte Preta home games this campaign so far witnessing the hosts conceding a goal.
That bodes well for BTTS punters – indeed, the mark has landed in the last four of those, and that pattern could be extended against an Fortaleza outfit who have found the back of the net on 5/6 games on the road so far this season.
The last three meetings between the two sides have seen BTTS land, with 9 goals scored in the process.
Ponte Preta have shipped as many goals as they have scored so far, so how will they cope with a Fortaleza side that are the second top scorers in the division?
Machida Zelvia vs Tochigi SC – No (4/5)
There’s no magic or science behind our last pick this week.
Tochigi have failed to register a single goal in six of their last seven games and find themselves on a winless streak of nine outings. They have scored five in ten on the road.
Machida Zelvia have kept two clean sheets in their last three games and five in their last nine, and they have lost just two of ten on home soil.