The third round of the FA Cup is traditionally one of the most anticipated moments of the football calendar and here at bwin, we think the ties on offer promise a weekend full of goals.
And we also reckon that the games at Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham look the best bet to have at least three goals apiece – so get on them in an over 2.5 goals treble.
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Over 2.5 goals in Fulham v Blackpool @ 18/25
The match between Fulham and Blackpool at Craven Cottage pits two attacking teams together and there is every chance that the match is going to be full of goals, so at 18/25, you have to be getting on there being at least three.
Despite their relative struggles – Fulham have won just two of the last 13 matches – goals have followed Martin Jol’s side wherever they have been this season. Only games involving Manchester United have seen more Premier League goals than Fulham’s matches and an incredible 81% of their league games (17 out of 21) have featured over 2.5 goals.
Eight of their ten home matches have done just that and the visit of Blackpool can see more of the same. The Seasiders are the sixth in the total goals league in the Championship and their away games in the second tier are averaging 3.08 goals a fixture.
Three of the five away games under new boss Michael Appleton have seen at least four strikes, so this looks like a tie that will be full of attacking action, most likely at both ends.
Over 2.5 goals in Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City @ 53/100
League One Coventry City have been in great form over the last couple of months and with their games packed full of goals, I like the look of there being over 2.5 of them when they go to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur.
Since sacking Andy Thorn and replacing him with Mark Robins, the Sky Blues have turned their season around, winning 11 of their last 15 games in all competitions, losing just two, and will go to north London full of confidence that they can get on the scoresheet.
City have failed to score just once in their last 25 matches and recently their games have seen plenty of goals at either end. Fourteen of the last 19 games Coventry have contested have featured at least 2.5 goals and the same can happen against Spurs.
Andre Villas-Boas will make changes, but there will still be quality on show and it shouldn’t change the way Spurs play too much.
With at least three goals scored in eight of their last ten fixtures, they could bring the tip home by themselves and even if they only manage to score twice, it would be no surprise to see their suspect rearguard being breached by Coventry.
Over 2.5 goals in West Ham United v Manchester United @ 13/20
If you have ever wanted goals this season, then Manchester United have surely been your go-to team and there is no reason to think their trip to Upton Park to face West Ham United will be any different.
There have been 82 goals in the 21 Premier League matches the Red Devils have played this season, 13 more than nearest challengers Fulham, which works out at an average of 3.90 goals per fixture.
It is because goals are flying in at both ends of the pitch: 54 for United and a quite incredible 28 against, which is more than all but the bottom eight sides. With just five clean sheets to their name all season and a brilliantly impressive scoring record, I fancy more of the same against the Hammers.
Games at Upton Park are averaging 2.9 goals a match, with seven of their 11 league home matches going over 2.5 goals, and even with changes on both sides I think this one will continue the trend.