OptaJoke Betting Blog – Bank Holiday Special

We were one goal away from our 2.5 goals treble last week so this time round I’m hoping to go one better. It was a week of upsets as far as the bookies were concerned with Stoke running out comprehensive winners over Bolton in one FA Cup semi final and Manchester City triumphed over their Manchester rivals in the other. This weekend see’s a full set of Premier League fixtures and after some teams have played midweek, the full extents of a squads depth are sure to be tested at this final stretch of the season. As we came so close last week with an over 2.5 goals multiple I’ve prepared two of varying degrees of risk this week so good luck and let’s hope for some high scoring encounters.

Over 2.5 goals multiple

Blackpool v Newcastle

If you backed the overs market in every Blackpool home game this season you’d be considerably wealthier than back in August. Every single league game at Bloomfield Road has contained at least 3 goals, except the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Ian Holloway’s team have a gung ho mentality which has seen them score regularly but concede with even more regualrity. Newcastle will be thrilled with their current standing of 9th in the league and they will look to kick on here against a team short of confidence and staring down the barrell of relegation. The 0-0 draw with Manchester United will give ther Magpies heart and I can see them coming out on top here but a high scoring affair is equally as likely.

Chelsea v West Ham

The hosts come into this game with a slim chance of challenging Manchester United’s claim for the Premier League title. They will need to maintain an almost perfect run in if they are to stand any chance and a victory over struggling West Ham would go a long way towards continuing that. Normally Chelsea are defensively strong but West Ham can pose a threat to anyone with their attacking options. Avram Grant’s side are in a real mess and every game becomes more and more important as teams around them pick up points. The corresponding game at Upton Park contained 4 goals as Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners and I think they could well cover the 3 goals line themselves again here.

Tottenham v West Brom

Spurs played in what has been called the game of the season on Tuesday night and came away with a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw. The game tippified how exciting they can be to watch and reminded me of their Champions League campaign where goals were aplenty. Thier last two games have seen 11 goals and I think the trend could continue as they host Roy Hodgson’s resurgent West Brom side. The baggies have climbed out of the relegation dog fight and now look as good as secure for a Premier league place next season. Thier last 5 games have all gone over the 2.5 goals mark and they have proved their fearless approach against the top teams can prove fruitful (Arsenal 2-2, Liverpool 2-1 for example). Spurs need to maintain the pressure on 4th place and I think they will carry some of the momentum through from Tuesday’s game and could well come out on top, having said that I do fancy West Brom to trouble the scorers at some point too.

This treble is the safer option and returns around 5/1 if you shop around to find the best prices.

Friday Goals Galore coupon

As it’s a bank holiday weekend lots of team’s games have been moved around, some for TV coverage and others to allow a second lot of games over the coming week as the hectic schedule continues. For Good Friday I think there is some value in a Goals Galore coupon with Betfred. Both teams must score in each game to make the selection a winner. This weeks chosen games are…

MK Dons v Huddersfield

The hosts are on a run of 9 straight league games where they have found the back of the net. Of all their league matches since the turn of the year, they have scored in all but 2 of them (20/22). The visitors are making a charge for automatic promotion and have found the net in 11 out of their last 12 games. With so much still to play for in this one I don’t think the defences will cancel each other out and both teams could well hit the back of the net.

Nottingham Forest v Leicester

Forest have been amongst the goals in recent weeks, scoring and conceding at least once in 4 out of their last 5 games. They are always dangerous going forward but with very few new faces to freshen up their squad the signs of fatigue are starting to show and they aren’t as solid defensively as they were earlier in the season. The Foxes have slipped out of contention for the play-off race due to the Jekyl and Hyde nature of their squad. Defensively they are fragile with the possibility of the entire back 4 being made up on loan signings. That said, they have scored in 6 of their last 7 league games and this one could well go the same way.

Leeds v Reading

Two fantastic teams to watch meet in this one and I foresee some goals! Leeds need to continue to pick up points if they are to maintain 6th place. They are the highest scorers in the league with 78 goals but have issues at the back as they have conceded 68, thats more than all but 3 clubs in the league (Scunthorpe, Sheffield United and Doncaster). Reading are on a superb run, winning their last 8 consecutive games and scoring in all but one of their last 13. They are scoring for fun at the moment but they have also only kept 3 clean sheet in their last 11.

Northampton v Rotherham

This is a huge game for the Cobblers, they are perched just outside the drop zone in League Two and are in desperate need of some points. They have scored and conceded in all but one of their last 15 games. Astonshing really given they havent won any of those matches! Rotherham have had mixed fortunes this season and they have been on the end of some big scorelines in recent weeks, a 5-0 loss to Chesterfield was followed by a 6-0 win against Lincoln. With both sides capable of scoring but also defensively shaky, this one could well see both teams score.

This 4 match coupon returns 9/1


As always, good luck and gamble responsibly.

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