With the big freeze following the continued cuts of this week’s Autumn Statement, it’s a potentially tough time to be a travelling football fan.
But for those who do make it down to the games at Pride Park, Portman Road and Selhurst Park this weekend, there promises to be goals to both warm their hearts and their wallets.
Derby, Ipswich, Crystal Palace and their respective visitors Leeds United, Millwall and Blackpool put away 14 goals between them last weekend and have played out 63 league games of over 2.5 goals already this campaign.
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Over 2.5 goals in Derby v Leeds @ 3/4
Neil Warnock’s side seem to be back on form with their 4-2 win at Huddersfield last weekend representing their third straight victory.
They will be confident of continuing that run against a Derby side who got turned over 4-1 by Leicester last time out, but Nigel Clough’s team have a proud home record to defend.
The Rams have lost just once at Pride Park all season and averaged better than two goals a game in the process, so Leeds will need their shooting boots on once again if they are to continue their winning streak.
Over 2.5 goals in Ipswich v Millwall @ 3/4
Ipswich have also picked up of late, with new manager Mick McCarthy guiding them to back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign as the Tractor Boys pull away from the relegation zone.
Their run, however, is nothing compared to the Championship’s form side Millwall, who last tasted defeat way back on September 22nd.
And having put three goals past relegated Wolves and Blackburn on their last two away trips, the Lions will fancy their chances of continuing that run against a side who’ve conceded 17 on their home patch already this term.
Over 2.5 goals in Crystal Palace v Blackpool @ 13/20
The Palace promotion juggernaut continues to roll on, with last weekend’s 3-0 whooping of hated rivals Brighton the high point of a campaign that’s seen them lose just once since the sunny days of August.
Even a change of manager hasn’t broken their stride and Ian Holloway will no doubt be keen to show his former side what they are missing by inflicting a first defeat on his replacement Michael Appleton in a game which promises to match the 14 goals these sides have shared over the past two seasons.