What a whirlwind start to the new season it has been and with the opening Premier League fixtures averaging over 2.5 goals each, what better market to get our hands on ahead of this weekend? We look to Manchester United v Fulham and Southampton v Wigan Athletic for goals, while we also had to pick Norwich City v QPR, the two harshest victims of the first weekend’s action.
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Over 2.5 goals in Manchester United v Fulham @ 3/5
As the whistle blows to start the game, an overpowering sense of anticipation will fill the Theatre of Dreams and the worldwide audience as two new strike partners attempt to fire their side to glory. Bryan Ruiz and Mladen Petric were outstanding against Norwich and will be hoping to continue that form at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
I jest, of course. All eyes will no doubt be on the duo of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to see if they can strike up a rapport with more potential than fish and chips. After failing to find the net in their loss to Everton on Monday, United will be a wounded animal likely to show no mercy against Martin Jol’s men.
However, don’t discount the Cottagers, who hammered five past a beleaguered Norwich on Saturday. Despite missing the talismanic Clint Dempsey, Fulham showed incredible craft and adventure and fully deserved their romp. Against a Red Devils defence that looked extremely ordinary at Goodison Park, the visitors will fancy their chances of pestering David De Gea’s net.
Over half of United’s home games last season featured more than 2.5 goals and while the Premier League runners-up are looking far stronger at the front than they are at the back – and with Fulham also piled high with goalscorers – this clash looks good for a 3/5 shot.
Over 2.5 goals in Norwich City v QPR @ 39/50
As stated at the start of the article, this game just had to be on the coupon. As both sides lost their first fixtures of the season 5-0, with QPR having to face that particular humiliation by Swansea at their Loftus Road home, their respective fans will be hoping that a fire is lit inside them to ensure that it won’t happen twice in a row.
With both teams having massive points to prove, and apparently defences that couldn’t keep a small child from weaving through and smacking one in the top corner (that was not a joke at Nathan Dyer’s expense), the 39/50 on offer here looks a snip.
Both the Canaries and the Hoops were involved in more games with over 2.5 goals last season than not (Norwich in 23 out of 38 and QPR in 20) and both conceded an eye-watering 66 goals.
However, Chris Hughton’s charges could also boast scoring 52 times in 2011/12, five more than Liverpool, and despite the new signings in west London, Norwich will be hoping to once again defeat a side that they achieved the double over in last year’s campaign, by a scoreline of 2-1 on both occasions.
Over 2.5 goals in Southampton v Wigan Athletic @ 87/100
Last week saw our predictions fall just one measly goal short, despite Chelsea having 83 minutes to find a third at the DW Stadium, but where the Blues and Wigan failed, Southampton and… err… Wigan shall triumph.
This fixture didn’t exactly fly off the page as an obvious goal-fest, but when flicking through various statistics I noticed that of the Latics’ 19 away games in the Premier League last season, 14 featured over 2.5 goals.
Roberto Martinez appears to favour the Kevin Keegan approach to away games, which must be unnerving for the fans, but it’s great for a Goals Galore article.
Southampton impressed many with their narrow loss in a five-goal thriller at Manchester City on Sunday and with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez – who scored 52 goals between them last season for the Saints and Burnley respectively – to call upon, Nigel Adkins will fancy his team’s chances of bagging some goals and a first win since their return to the top flight.
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The Magpies won eight times on their travels last term – only the top three could boast more victories on the road – while Manchester United were the solitary side who managed more clean sheets than the Magpies’ six.