We have gone for an all-Saturday Goals Galore this time around, so you will hopefully have Arsenal v Fulham, Reading v Norwich City and Southampton v Swansea City to thank for funding a Sunday shopping spree.
Last time out, we came within one goal of victory, and not for the first time this season. If Swansea and Chelsea had just managed to muster one more strike we would have been rolling in the bank notes. As it is, I have had to roll in pennies instead, which hurts. It’s almost as if money wasn’t designed to be rolled in.
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Over 2.5 goals in Arsenal v Fulham @ 31/50
Santi Cazorla’s injury-time strike at Old Trafford kept our GG treble alive last week and that good deed shall be rewarded as we rely on Arsenal again this week.
The main reason the faith is kept with the Gunners is that they face a team who are to goals what Barack Obama is to votes – lots for and lots against.
The Cottagers have played ten games in the Premier League this season and just one of those games has featured under 2.5 goals.
Every one of their five away games has seen three or more goals go in and against an Arsenal side that has scored ten and conceded nine in their last three games, this clash at the Emirates has goals written all over it.
Over 2.5 goals in Reading v Norwich @ 4/5
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The Royals were part of a 3-3 draw with Fulham in their last home league game and of course, followed that with the infamous 7-5 defeat to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
Still searching for their first league win of the season, Brian McDermott’s team face a Norwich side that is starting to pick up form, enjoying recent wins over Arsenal and Tottenham.
Both their meetings in the Championship in the 2010/11 season featured three or more goals, with a 3-3 draw being fought out at the Madejski. We might not get that many this time, but when Reading are at home, who knows?
Over 2.5 goals in Southampton v Swansea @ 67/100
This is my official ‘lock of the week’. Both these teams believe in attack first and defend if there’s time, especially the hosts.
Southampton have conceded an incomprehensible 28 goals in their ten games so far, meaning they average over 2.5 goals per game before you even take into account how many they score (14 so far, just one less than Arsenal, since you ask).
Their Welsh visitors this Saturday have been practically impenetrable by comparison, though the 14 Michael Laudrup’s men have conceded is still far from solid, while the 15 they have scored is likely to be added to at St Mary’s.
The Saints’ loss to West Brom on Monday was the first time in eight games where less than three goals were scored and Rickie Lambert was a lick of paint away from keeping the run going. With all that in mind, this match is as close to a certainty as any other Premier League game this weekend.