Football betting fans have plenty of midweek action to get stuck into and as ever, we here at bwinbetting are attempting to do the hard work for you.
We’ve scoured the world to find a trio of fixtures which appear to be outstanding candidates to contain three or more goals.
It’s a peculiar little combo as we include Barcelona v BATE in the Champions League and Preston against Chesterfield in the world-famous Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, both of which kick off on Tuesday evening.
We then hop across to Japan where mighty Kashiwa Reysol take on the fearsome Auckland City in the FIFA World Club Cup on Thursday morning, hopefully completing the treble.
Backing these three selections with the free £25 bet new customers can claim for joining bwin.com could bring a nice return of £94.63.
Now let’s see if you’re convinced…
Over 2.5 Goals in Barcelona v BATE Borisov @ 11/20
Barcelona have already secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League as winners of Group H and will certainly rest plenty of players ahead of this weekend’s El Clasico.
But with the likes of Pedro, gifted young playmaker Thiago Alcantara and promising winger Isaac Cuenca – who scored against Levante at the weekend – in their line-up, the Catalans will not exactly be short of attacking threat.
Unless you’ve been living under a stone, you will know that Barca’s games in La Liga tend to be full of goals. In fact, of the 15 they have played, 11 have featured three or more goals – as have eight of their nine matches at Camp Nou – and this against stronger opposition than BATE.
The Belarusian minnows were humbled 5-0 in the reverse fixture and with home advantage on this occasion, Pep Guardiola’s men should have little trouble hitting the back of the net.
Factor in the possibility of BATE breaching a makeshift Barca back line and it’s easy to see why this clash should be included in any over 2.5 goals treble.
Over 2.5 Goals in Preston v Chesterfield @ 13/20
This JPT northern semi-final clash brings together two sides whose games in League One have contained plenty of goals so far this term.
Preston fans have witnessed a whopping 68 strikes in their opening 19 fixtures (at an average of 3.58), while the back of the net has been hit 60 times in Chesterfield’s matches (at an average of 3.16).
On top of that, six of Preston’s nine matches at Deepdale have contained three or more goals, with seven of Chesterfield’s nine matches on the road also fitting our criterion.
It would be remiss not to look at both sides’ matches in this competition so far, but this does little to shake the feeling that their meeting merits inclusion in the treble.
Chesterfield have beaten Tranmere 4-3 and Notts County 3-1 to reach this stage, while Preston drew 2-2 with Morecambe and 1-1 with Rochdale before beating both on penalties.
There’s no such thing as a certainty in football, but over 2.5 goals in this one looks to have a more than decent chance of coming in.
Over 2.5 Goals in Kashiwa Reysol v Auckland City @ 12/25
Remember the FIFA World Club Cup? It’s one of the shining beacons of the football calendar (ahem) and is about to get underway again with a mouth-watering qualifying clash between Kashiwa Reysol and Auckland City.
The good news for football betting fans is that we might be able to make some money from it by including it in this over 2.5 goals treble. The bad news is you might have to watch the match if the other two selections come in two days earlier.
Joking aside, Kashiwa are the reigning J-League champions and are heavy favourites to beat Auckland, especially with home advantage as the tournament is being played in Japan.
A whopping 23 of Kashiwa’s 34 league matches last term contained three or more goals, including a divisional-high 13 of 17 playing in front of their own fans.
The New Zealand league is hardly of the highest standard, so the hosts will be looking to rack up a cricket score and book a quarter-final tie with Mexican side Monterrey.
Even if you think Kashiwa might struggle, it’s interesting to note that all four domestic matches involving Auckland – who won the 2010-11 OFC Champions League – so far this term have featured over 2.5 goals.
Admittedly, this selection is out of left field, but you’ll be thanking me if it rounds off a nice little treble!
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