Momentum is key and it’s a well-noted football fact that a new manager provides a boost to a club (68% of Football League managers won their first game last season) so the new appointments at Crystal Palace, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers should bring Goals Galore with them.
Just Ian Holloway’s mere presence inspired Palace to beat Blackburn at the weekend and the Eagles fans must be salivating at the prospect of the former Blackpool boss implementing his attacking philosophy with a front line of ten-goal Glenn Murray and £10m-rated Wilfried Zaha.
Ollie will have his chance to make a high-scoring start against Ipswich’s new gaffer Mick McCarthy, while their fellow new bosses, Sean Dyche at Burnley and Dougie Freedman at Bolton, will hope to build on their opening wins when they face off-form duo Leeds United and Leicester City respectively.
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Over 2.5 goals in Crystal Palace v Ipswich @ 3/4
Holloway will look to pick up with Palace where he left off at Blackpool, who were the Championship’s joint top home scorers before his surprise weekend move to the capital.
Not that Palace have exactly been scoring slouches before his arrival, with Championship second-top scoring Murray leading the charge for a side who’ve averaged nearly two per game.
That’s around the same rate Ipswich were conceding at before McCarthy’s arrival and while the promotion specialist helped them to a surprise opening win at Birmingham, he’ll need even more magic to patch up the Tractor Boys’ defence against potent Palace.
Over 2.5 goals in Burnley v Leeds @ 4/5
Another game, another goal for the country’s top marksman Charlie Austin, who moved on to 19 for the season as Burnley beat Wolves at the weekend.
What will have pleased new Clarets boss Dyche even more was that it came with a rare clean sheet, with Burnley having let in a league-high 29 goals in their previous 12 games.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock would give anything for a blank having seen his side concede in every league game since the opening day, but at least they’re back on the goal trail.
A 2-2 draw at Brighton on Friday followed the impressive 3-0 League Cup win over Southampton, so the two free-scoring sides seem set for another game featuring three or more goals.
Over 2.5 goals in Bolton v Leicester @ 3/5
Our final new manager had the best start of them all at the weekend as Freedman’s new Bolton team beat league leaders Cardiff City, but things won’t get any easier as they next host pre-season title favourites Leicester.
However, this doesn’t seem to be the Foxes side that stormed to the top of the table, as they’ve lost their last two against Watford and Freedman’s former side Palace – both in games of over 2.5 goals.
With Freedman seemingly having already galvanised the likes of former French Under-21 international David N’Gog and ex-Manchester City star Martin Petrov, he’ll fancy his chances of continuing both Leicester’s run of defeats and three-goal games to complete our treble.