With teams from oop north having Gareth Baled me over the weekend, I’m now going daan saaaf in search of goals galore in the Championship midweek programme. And it’s not just so I can wheel out some cockney cliches that I fancy Crystal Palace, Charlton and Milwall to pie ‘n’ mash the three-goal mark when they face Barnsley, Leeds and Birmingham respectively.
With games involving those six sides containing nearly 400 goals this season, you better Adam ‘n’ Eve that odds in excess of 5/1 for an over 2.5 goals treble represent excellent value.
New customers using the free £20 bet available when registering with bwin stand to win £131.30 if all three games produce three or more goals – and here’s why I think they will.
Over 2.5 goals in Barnsley v Crystal Palace @ 21/20
The Eagles are soaring at the moment as they’ve hit the heights of fourth place on the back of a goal rush from Glenn Murray and Wilfried Zaha.
The duo have hit ten goals in the last five games and it seems unlikely a Barnsley defence that have let in three or more five times already this season will be able to keep them at bay.
Barnsley will pose a clear threat at the other end – even though eight-goal Craig Davies is ruled out through injury – and will look to capitalise on any indecision in a Palace team likely to be rocked by the sudden news of Dougie Freedman’s departure for Bolton.
Over 2.5 goals in Leeds v Charlton @3/4
Ten years ago, Leeds and Charlton shared a six-goal Premier League thriller and while the players on show tonight may not be of the calibre of Mark Viduka, James Milner and Scott Parker, they could put on as good a show.
Luciano Becchio and Bradley Wright-Philips are among the division’s best goal-getters and with both sides looking to forget last week’s matches for one reason or another, Neil Warnock and Chris Powell should send their teams out to entertain.
Over 2.5 goals in Millwall v Birmingham City @ 83/100
The Lions have the chance to give Lee Clark another mauling, with Birmingham struggling in the bottom four after a shocking start to the season.
Kenny Jackett’s men aren’t much better off, with both sides struggling mostly at the back having racked up the third and fifth worst defensive records in the league.
So with both teams desperate for points, then, a repeat of the nine goals they shared across their two games last season – or something similar – should see the over 2.5 goals target met.