At odds of 289/100, a successful £25 free bet on this over 2.5 goals treble will return £97.25, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account. Below, Luke Winter explains the reasons behind his picks.
Manchester City v Stoke City @1/2
Although Man City only managed a solitary goal in victory over Arsenal at the weekend, this game wasn’t a difficult selection with City scoring an average of 3.13 goals every game by themselves.
Roberto Mancini’s richly assembled side has been scoring goals for fun this season, so much so that they have found the back of the net 13 more times than nearest rivals and neighbours Manchester United. The forward triumvirate of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli have scored 29 goals alone.
Stoke haven’t been scoring at the same rate as their opponents, but they have certainly been involved in some high scoring matches. Their last six Premier League games have seen 21 goals in total and half of their games have seen over 2.5 goals.
Atletico Madrid v Albacete @ 12/25
The future may look uncertain for manager Gregorio Manzano, but there is one thing that you can almost always count on from an Atletico Madrid match and that is goals.
Ten out of 16 of Madrid’s La Liga games have seen over 2.5 goals and they have scored 18 of their 23 league goals in front of their own fans at the Vicente Calderon. With their opponents on Wednesday night plying their trade in Segunda B, the third tier of Spanish football, the chances are that Atletico will treat their fans to plenty of goals and in fact they will have to after losing the first leg of this Copa Del Rey tie 2-1.
Last time Albacete played in the Vicente Calderon the match had over 2.5 goals, with the home side winning 3-1. Fernando Torres scored for Atletico that day and although he is long gone, they now have another free scoring striker in Colombian star Falcao. The former Porto man has scored 11 in 19 this season and he will surely be relishing the prospect of adding to that tally against lower league opposition.
Aston Villa v Arsenal @ 3/4
This one may not be quite as much of a banker as the first two matches, but with Robin Van Persie on the pitch anything is possible.
The Arsenal striker has scored 33 Premier League goals in 2011 and is responsible for just under half of all the goals that the Gunners have scored in the current season. He had a rare off day against Man City at the weekend so will be desperate to get back amongst the goals at Villa Park.
The chances of goals will also be helped by the return from suspension of Villa’s star man Gabby Agbonlahor and the possible return from injury of Darren Bent. Together these two have scored ten of the 18 League goals that the Birmingham club have managed so far and it was clear that they were both missed in the weekend defeat to Liverpool.
Last season, Arsene Wenger’s side won a goal-packed game at Villa Park 4-2 and four of the last five times the two sides have played there has been at least three goals, so the chances of goals on Wednesday night are high.
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