If goal music was played at every Premier League ground, then our ears would still be ringing from the weekend. Now let’s hope to be positively deafened by the amount of strikes in Wigan Athletic v Manchester United, Southampton v Arsenal and Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers.
There were 35 goals scored in the eight Premier League games played on Saturday and then six more in the two on Sunday, but sadly we fell one goal short of a winning treble thanks to United and West Brom serving up a mere pair of strikes between them.
However, the sheer volume of goals overall in the top division over the weekend restored my faith in the terrible defending it can offer, so here’s three fixtures from the new year’s midweek list that will hopefully produce goals by the barrel-load.
Should you think they will, then you might want to put the free £20 bet you get for opening a bwin account on this treble and give yourself a shot at a prize of £82.
Over 2.5 goals in Wigan v Manchester United @ 57/100
As Robin van Persie crashed the ball into the back of the net to seal victory over West Brom, Manchester United registered their 50th Premier League goal of the season.
Wigan have been regularly appearing in games of over three goals, including their impressive 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Fourteen of Roberto Martinez’s boys’ 20 games in the league have seen over 2.5 goals, while 15 of United’s outings have featured the same.
Wigan will fancy their chances of scoring against the league leaders, but it is hard to imagine any result other than an away win given the form of the Red Devils.
Over 2.5 goals in Swansea v Aston Villa @ 87/100
The outcome of this game could be highly dependent on whether or not Michu plays and not just so I can do another Michu-do about nothing joke – they stopped being funny after about the 16th time.
Swansea’s record of Premier League games featuring over 2.5 goals is even after the weekend, with ten of their 20 outings seeing three or more fly in.
Villa have conceded 15 goals in their last three games and given that even Wigan managed to put three past them at Villa Park, if they cannot stop the rot, then Swansea will back themselves to do the same or worse. In fact, Michu may just fancy the role himself.
Even if he does, it’ll be Michu-do ab… you know what? I’m not going to do it, so there.
Over 2.5 goals in Chelsea v QPR @ 11/25
As QPR were leaking goals against Liverpool on Sunday, it was hard to tell how much of it was the magic of Luis Suarez and how much was down to kamikaze defending from the Hoops.
Harry Redknapp has found things hard going after taking the reins at Loftus Road and is hoping to bring in more faces to help the fight against relegation, but he will have to travel to in-form Chelsea for a derby before that.
Rafa Benitez has had quite the opposite effect since taking charge of Chelsea and if they’re not careful, the Blues fans will be chanting for the sacking of a manager who has lifted their team back into the title race.
Although they played out a goalless draw in October, their clash at Stamford Bridge last season saw Chelsea run out 6-1 winners and given the defensive problems that the Hoops showed against Liverpool – not to mention the fact that the Blues recently slammed eight past a hapless Aston Villa – I can see the home side bagging at least three themselves in this clash.
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