It was a case of so-so for our both teams to score betting tips last week, with three out of five landing and turning a profit, just, thanks to the 5/6 pick of Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday.
We took a chance on an odds-against shout, Burnley vs Manchester United, but the Clarets failed to get on the scoresheet.
We’ve an international break to contend with this week, meaning a terminal shortage of available fixtures, nevertheless we believed we’ve picked out some selections with plenty of BTTS potential.
|Match||Both Teams to Score Yes/No||Odds|
|Doncaster Rovers vs Luton Town||Yes||3/4|
|Gillingham vs AFC Wimbledon||Yes||4/5|
|Barnet vs Maidenhead United||Yes||19/20|
|America MG vs Vasco de Gama||No||7/10|
|Orgryte IS vs Osters IF||Yes||8/13|
|All Five Results as an Accumulator||15.86/1|
Doncaster Rovers vs Luton Town – Yes (3/4)
Backing a side who has only delivered 2/6 on the BTTS front this term, with a pair of 0-0 draws into the bargain, might be seen as foolhardy at best.
But we prefer to pick out our selections based on the underlying data, and that suggests Doncaster Rovers should be more of a force in the goalscoring stakes.
They record an average of 5.17 shots on target per game, the third highest tally in League One, and their Expected Goals stats are similarly impressive. In short, Donny will start scoring plenty of goals soon enough if they continue in this vein.
Luton are rather more proactive in front of goal, and laconic defending their own, with BTTS landing in four of their last five league fixtures.
Gillingham vs AFC Wimbledon – Yes (4/5)
Here are the kinds of stat that case BTTS backers to come out in a cold sweat: Gillingham are one of only five League One teams to have conceded double figures this season, and yet on the flipside they have scored in all six of their league outings.
All of the above is borne out by the underlying performance stats, which confirm that Gillingham play an open, enterprising brand of football.
As for Wimbledon, they are struggling defensively with eight goals conceded in their last three games, and yet their attacking Expected Goals counts have been 2.3, 1.6 and 2.3, which insinuates they should have scored plenty too. Let’s hope the Dons strikers can turn theory into fact on Saturday.
Barnet vs Maidenhead United – Yes (19/20)
Both Barnet and Maidenhead are both in decent form, and hopefully that should reflect itself in an entertaining, open game.
Barnet have won four on the bounce, but the indication is that they are a little too open at their Hive Stadium home having shipped four in two on home soil thus far.
Maidenhead’s nine games have seen a total of 27 goals so far, but after embarking on an unbeaten run of four (W3 D1 L0) they will surely play positively against the Bees. Nine goals scored in that run of four is suggestive of such.
America MG vs Vasco de Gama – No (7/10)
Both teams to score (no) is a punt that would have landed in nine of the last twelve matches played in the Brazilian Serie A, and it’s a selection that has certainly worked wonders for this column recently too.
The latest candidate sees America MG host Vasco de Gama, with the visitors’ attacking record under scrutiny.
Vasco have scored just three goals from open play in nine away dates thus far, and that paucity is matched by America MG’s defensive record on home soil: they have shipped just five times in open play in eleven matches.
Orgryte IS vs Osters IF – Yes (8/13)
It’s down to the Swedish Superettan now as two teams with a penchant for a goal collide.
Ten Orgryte home matches this season have witnessed a staggering 32 goals in total, with 18 bagged by the hosts and 14 by their visitors.
Similarly, Osters have played eleven games on the road that have seen a combined tally of 36 goals; 21 for Osters and 15 for their opposition.
Most pleasing is Osters’ away form – W7 D0 L4 suggests they won’t die wondering at Orgryte, and this one could degenerate into an end-to-end affair if the stats are anything to go by.