Yesterday’s Capital One Cup third round adhered to a trend of goal-heavy encounters that has been lining the pockets of discerning punters for years.
Five of the ten ties tipped the 2.5 strikes line to keep firmly on course with last year’s round of 32, in which eight of the 16 matches yielded three or more.
The year before that 13 of the 16 collisions had enriched overs backers and that punting cohort can get up to the same old tricks this evening thanks to Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United v Crystal Palace and Chelsea v Bolton.
An over 2.5 goals treble pays £44.40 to a £10 stake and here’s just why it’s a gift-horse punters can ill afford to glance in the gnashers.
Man City v Sheffield Wednesday – over 2.5 goals @ 21/50
During the Citizens’ victorious ride through the League Cup last term all but one of their six outings hurdled the 2.5 bar, with four ending up north of the 3.5 strike line.
In fact the two ties that the Sky Blues played on home soil, against Wigan and West Ham, saw them come out on top by an aggregate of 11-0.
As such it’s safe to assume that Manuel Pellegrini will take this tussle seriously, especially when his side haven’t won in four outings and need the momentum.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle – over 2.5 goals @ 91/100
This pair played out a pulsating and error-strewn 3-3 epic at St James’ Park earlier this term and that concession-rich affair is no island in their respective formbooks.
Alan Pardew’s men have seen their last three outings produce four goals or more, while all but one of the Eagles’ six outings in 2014/15 have landed the overs odds.
Chelsea v Bolton – over 2.5 goals @ 21/50
Dougie Freedman’s troubled Trotters have just a solitary win to show from their ten games so far in a miserable campaign and look ripe for a thumping.
There’s ample motivation on hand for the Blues’ fringe element to prove themselves worthy of greater consideration from their manager too.
That should be enough to see the likes of Loic Remy, Didier Drogba and Mohamed Salah give Bolton the fox in the chicken coup treatment.