Thursday, 15 December 2011

Grab Yourself An Early Christmas Present

My deepest and severest apologies for my lack of posting recently. I have decided to make it up to my sharing my latest article for This article concerns betting on both teams to score this very weekend. So have a read, have a flutter and bring some festive cheer into your life this Saturday afternoon. For many more great betting articles and tips visit

The festive period can often be integral in the seasons of many teams. Some are worried about losing touch with the leading pack, some fear getting dragged into a relegation dogfight. How do they fight these worries? By scoring goals and plenty of them.   Here we’ve looked at the games where we think both teams will score this weekend.

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Blackburn vs West Brom

An early six-pointer? I don’t see why not. West Brom may argue they are five points clear of Blackburn but Rovers will be looking for the win here. They smashed Swansea 4-2 in their last home match and were unlucky not to get anything at the Stadium of Light last week. Steve Kean will be acutely aware that these are the kind of games he needs to win to save his job, so expect them to attack. Blackburn have also scored and conceded in their last four matches.

Who else has scored and conceded in their last four? West Brom of course. They suffered a somewhat embarrassing defeat to Wigan last week and will want to bounce back with a win against Rovers. The Baggies won’t wish to be involved in a season-long relegation battle and by winning this game they can help ensure that doesn’t happen. Don’t expect either team to settle for a draw but expect goals.  

West Ham vs Barnsley

West Ham sit second in The Championship but they got hammered 3-0 last time out away at Reading. They have banged in an impressive 18 at Upton Park but have conceded a less than amazing 12 in 10 home games. Even Doncaster who sit second bottom have a better home defensive record than this. Piquionne, Cole and Nolan can bang them in but there’s certainly no guarantee the Hammers’ defence is going to keep them out.

Now that X-Factor is over the country will be looking elsewhere for their entertainment and Barnsley are providing it in abundance. The Tykes have scored and conceded in their last four with a huge turnover of 21 goals in these matches. They’ve been in decent form barring their recent 5-3 defeat against Ipswich and will be hoping to continue their push for the playoffs here. Keep an eye out for ex-Bolton man Ricardo Vaz Te, he’s been scoring for fun in the last few weeks.

Carlisle vs Wycombe

Carlisle enter this one in indifferent form, in their last six they have won two, drawn two and you guessed it – lost two as well.  They have scored 14 at home but conceded 16 which is surprising for a team just outside the playoffs. In fact none of the teams in the relegation zone have conceded more than this. Having said that the Cumbrians won last week and as Wycombe are dangerously close to the bottom of the table, Carlisle will look to attack here.

Wycombe sitting 23rd in the league may seem like an odd choice for goals here but their scoring record away from home is very good for a team in their position. They have bagged 12 in 10 away outings, a figure which playoff dwellers Sheffield United and Brentford cannot beat. They also managed to bang three in at MK Dons in their last away match and were unfortunate not to get a point. The problem for the Chairboys though is that they also concede too many from home. Having said that, this isn’t a problem for the punter putting both teams on to score in this one.

Port Vale vs Aldershot

Port Vale are one of those reliable teams when it comes to this kind of bet. At home this season they have played 10, scored 18 and conceded 17. Need I say more? They’ll also be worried about losing touch with those above them and will look to attack the lower placed Aldershot. The problem for Vale is that when they attack they concede almost as much as they score, which is quite a lot. Should be a sure thing here.

Aldershot’s away form is exactly the same as their home, four wins, one draw and five defeats. They are also very reliable for this kind of bet, 14 goals scored and 15 conceded away from the Recreation Ground. Their excellent League Cup run earlier in the season shows they have no fear away from home, defeating West Ham at Upton Park proves this. I think they’ll fancy themselves here against Port Vale’s shaky defence.

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