In a division that has averaged a whopping 3.13 goals per game thus far, there’s only one way to hit the top and that’s score, score and score some more – and the Goals Galore formula is one Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion have had no trouble following, with over 50 strikes between them in all competitions so far this season. And with their respective opponents for this weekend, Cardiff City, Watford and Birmingham City, conceding at nearly the same rate, there’s no reason for that not to continue.
New customers using the free £20 bet available when registering with bwin stand to win £100.72 if all three games produce three or more goals – and here’s why I think they will.
Over 2.5 goals in Cardiff v Blackpool @ 67/100
Before Monday night’s surprise defeat to Huddersfield (more on that later), Ian Holloway’s famously open approach was working wonderfully as Blackpool led the Championship table and goalscoring charts.
I’d be shocked if that defeat changed Ollie’s philosophy and with Cardiff’s 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend showing they can be equally open, goals should again be on the menu in South Wales.
(Read a full Cardiff v Blackpool betting preview here)
Over 2.5 goals in Huddersfield v Watford @ 83/100
Speaking of the Terriers, Championship sides have found their bite is most definitely worse than their bark.
Simon Grayson’s men have sneaked into second place almost unnoticed on the back of impressive 3-1 wins at Bloomfield Road and Hillsborough.
Should the likes of former Manchester United youngster Oliver Norwood and on-loan Norwich striker James Vaughan continue to bang in the goals against a Watford side who twice let leads slip in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City, then surely attention will come Huddersfield’s way.
Over 2.5 goals in Brighton v Birmingham @ 4/5
As I mentioned in my full betting preview of this match, despite having started the season with similar promotion odds, Albion and Birmingham have experienced very different starts to their campaigns.
The gulf in achievements became a Grand Canyon last weekend when a 2-1 win at Millwall sent Brighton top of the table the day before a 5-0 home whipping by Barnsley left Blues struggling in the bottom four.
With an average of 2.7 goals per home game so far, it’s unlikely Albion will let up against a side struggling for form and confidence – and even they do manage to grab a consolation goal, then all the better for rounding off our latest treble.
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