For most football fans, the week leading up to a derby match prompts excitement, banter and sleepless nights.
Yet Saturday’s Midlands derby between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa could be a contender for the unwanted weekly award of last game on Match of the Day.
Wolves have looked the embodiment of ineptitude for much of the Premier League season, while Villa have been turgid at best.
The goal forecast looks bleak at Molineux this weekend, as the two sides have managed just 46 goals in their combined 42 league games this season.
If ever a game looked ripe for a goalless draw then this could be it, and the last meeting between the two sides did indeed end scoreless back in August.
Even in the face of such uninspiring fare, there’s always value to be found in the goalscorer markets and this weekend it could be Steven Fletcher and Darren Bent, both of whom are priced at 6/1 to score first by bwin, and 17/10 to net at any time.
The ex-Wolves striker has struck four times in four meetings with his former side, and while many fans may see this as the striker’s nostalgic Premier League swan-song, Keane has looked sharp in training according to team-mate Shay Given.
Fletcher has impressed in the Black Country this season by netting nine league goals already – more than a third of his team’s goal tally – including six in his last eight appearances.
The January sales haven’t proved too distracting for Bent, who has scored twice in his last three matches. The England forward now has seven for the season and was on the scoresheet on his last visit to Molineux with Sunderland last season.
If either forward nets first on Saturday then new customers using their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com to back them would collect a cool £175.
However, the long-shot of the weekend could be to punt on Robbie Keane, who has joined Villa on a six-week loan from LA Galaxy.
The ex-Wolves striker has struck four times in four meetings with his former side, and while many fans may see this as the striker’s nostalgic Premier League swan-song, Keane has looked sharp in training according to team-mate Shay Given as he looks to get in top shape ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Keane is 13/2 to net last and that could be excellent value as he is likely to start on the bench, as he did against Everton last weekend.
New bwin punters backing the Republic of Ireland skipper to score the final goals of the game with that free £25 bet could walk away with £187.50 if he obliges.
But if none of the above has managed to persuade you, then the price for no goalscorer is 27/4.
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