Following a fascinating midweek of Premier League games, we look to Wigan Athletic v Southampton, Fulham v Manchester United and Manchester City v Liverpool for the net-bulgers to entertain the masses and improve our bank balances.
Last weekend’s FA Cup selection came up trumps and so we head forth into Premier League action hoping to make it two in a row.
The regularity with which January signings score on their debuts will hopefully ensure we’re treated to a feast of fine finishes following Thursday’s deadline day scramble.
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Over 2.5 goals in Wigan v Southampton @ 4/5
Wigan have slowly been creeping up the table recently. Not the Premier League table, but the ‘over 2.5 goals’ table.
The Latics sit third, having seen 17 of their 24 top-flight games feature three or more goals, with nine coming from 12 appearances at the DW Stadium.
Southampton have not been so prolific at the front or sloppy at the back overall, but in away games they almost live up to Wigan’s form, with nine of their 13 away trips seeing over 2.5 strikes.
Roberto Martinez’s men earned a 2-2 draw at Stoke on Tuesday, while the Saints ran Manchester United close in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, and I think both teams will produce the goods when they clash on Saturday.
Over 2.5 goals in Fulham v Manchester United @ 3/5
Having championed Wigan for their appearances in high-scoring games, this one was a certainty for this treble.
The top two in the over 2.5 goals table meet for the second Saturday evening in a row and of course, the goals flowed last week – at one end at least – as United ran out 4-1 winners in the FA Cup fourth round.
Both teams enjoyed midweek wins and both games featured over 2.5 goals, while after their 3-1 victory over West Ham, nine of Fulham’s 12 matches at Craven Cottage this season have now seen three or more fly in.
This fixture finished 5-0 to the Red Devils last season. I don’t think it’ll be that brutal this time around, but Fulham are more than capable of both scoring and conceding against the league leaders.
Over 2.5 goals in Manchester City v Liverpool @ 13/20
Just to keep you waiting, we’re going to go for the very last game of the weekend as the champions entertain Liverpool on Sunday.
This selection is not so much based on the regularity with which the teams compete in goalfests, but more the general feeling I get coming into the fixture that at least three goals will be scored.
Brendan Rodgers’ side showed signs of progress as they took a two-goal lead at the Emirates on Wednesday, but also showed that there is still work to be done as they slipped to a 2-2 draw.
City have a slightly more talented attack than Arsenal, despite the journalist-saddening departure of Mario Balotelli, and will fancy their chances of taking advantage of a vulnerable Reds backline.
However, with Luis Suarez in the kind of goalscoring form reminiscent of his Ajax days and Daniel Sturridge returning to the club that raised him, I also think Liverpool will muddy Joe Hart’s sheet at least once.
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