Friday, 28 October 2011

Goals Goals Goals....

As you may or may not know I have now started writing for football betting website 'That's A Goal' ( Here is my latest article for them, looking at tips for games in which both teams will score this weekend. Have a browse and have a flutter:

Goal Rush, Goals Galore or Goals Goals Goals. Call it what you want, but you need both teams to be hitting the back of the net. Here’s our tip for both teams to score this weekend. 

Preston vs Bournemouth

Preston were tipped for a goal last weekend which they provided. They played out a 3-3 draw with Oldham midweek and they are looking good for goals on Saturday as well. They have four wins at home, sitting just outside the playoffs with a game in hand on those above them. More importantly (and more impressively) they have scored 16 at home whilst conceding a massive 15. They’ve conceded more home goals than any team in the league, shipping 11 in their last four at Deepdale.

Bournemouth are currently sitting in top position. Top position in the relegation zone that is. Their form this season has been rather indifferent but they are better on their travels than they are at home.  They have 10 goals scored and 12 conceded away from Dean Court. As well as this both teams have scored in each of their last four matches. 10 goals away from home is definitely a good record for their league position and they’ll be looking to worsen Preston’s already awful home defensive record.

Carlisle vs Oldham

Carlisle are one place above Preston but their home form is somewhat indifferent. They’ve won three and lost three whilst scoring 10 and conceding 13. This is a decent amount scored but it is nearly an average of two goals conceded every home match. On Tuesday they played out a 3-2 win against Sheffield Wednesday and Saturday’s outing could be a similar goal fest.

Oldham are much like their opponents, indifferent form plus plenty of goals scored and conceded. They’re hovering in mid-table currently but are only four points off the playoffs, they’ll be looking for the win here at Brunton Park. 11 goals scored and 15 conceded on their travels, including a 3-3 draw away at Preston on Tuesday. These two will attack each other and we should get goals from both as a result.

Morecambe vs Gillingham

Morecambe are defensively tight away from home, the same cannot be said for their at the Globe Arena though. They are pushing for automatic promotion but this has mainly been aided by their away performances. They’ve lost more than they have won at home but haven’t been shy of hitting the back of net, they’ve scored 15 and conceded 10. Morecambe have come in for goals galore in each of their last four games and this one should be no different.

Gillingham have been hugely unpredictable this season. No team has a better home defensive record than the Gills. However compare this with the fact that only one team has conceded more than them away from home.  They’re no pushovers on their travels though, they’ve actually scored a fantastic 16 goals in eight games away from Priestfield. Gills defender Matt Lawrence has come out this week and admitted their league position is not good enough so they’ll be looking to improve on that on Saturday.

Torquay vs Hereford

Torquay’s matches are always prime candidates for goals. 18 scored and 16 conceded with wins, draws and losses. Their results are quite unpredictable but the propensity and likelihood of goals is not. In their last three matches they have scored or conceded at least four goals. They are currently lying in mid-table but after a 4-0 win against AFC Wimbledon during the week and manager Martin Ling is urging them to go on a winning run.

Hereford are languishing dangerously close to the relegation zone but they will be a buoyed by an away win at Northampton on Tuesday. They have scored an average of over one goal every away game and will fancy themselves against Torquay’s extremely shaky defensive record. Their win against the Cobblers was actually their third on the trot so they will be going into this one with confidence. That in turn will hopefully lead to a hatful of goals.

Dunfermline vs Dundee United

Dunfermline comfortably won Division One north of the border last season but they have struggled in the SPL so far. They have scored a decent seven in six games but conceded a whopping 15.  They have no wins at home yet but Dundee United are only one place and one point above them. They’ll see this as an early relegation six-pointer but also a fantastic chance to register their first home victory. They scored plenty of goals last season and they’ll be trying to recreate that form come Saturday afternoon.

Dundee United haven’t had the greatest of starts either but they have scored plenty of goals away from home. With nine scored and 14 conceded in just five games they are certainly a decent tip for both teams scoring when they are on their travels. Their last four away league games have come in on this type of bet and much like Dunfermline they will see this as an early six-pointer. Neither of these teams will want to be left behind near the relegation zone and will both be looking for the win here.

A £5 bet with William Hill returns £60.42.

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