Oxford United versus Bury
Both teams have scored in 10 (53%) of the 19 matches Oxford have played at home and in 13 (65%) of the 20 matches Bury have played away this season. The U’s have kept just four clean sheets and the Shakers just six in their respective matches, so 4/6 with Sky Bet looks fair enough.
Accrington Stanley versus Cambridge United
Stanley are having a favourable season, as far as we’re concerned, keeping just four clean sheets and failing to score just twice in 19 matches at home. United have kept six clean sheets and failed to score five times in 18 matches on the road, so 4/5 with Sky Bet looks decent value.
Chester versus Barrow
Chester have kept eight clean sheets in 19 home matches – 16 involving at least two match goals and 12 involving at least three – and failed to score just twice this season. Barrow have conceded at least one goal in 15 of 19 away matches and scored in 14, so 8/13 with Sky Bet looks fair value to complete our treble this week.
Selections: BTTS 5-point Win Treble (3.85/1 with Sky Bet)
Oxford United versus Bolton Wanderers
Both teams have scored in exactly half of the 18 matches Oxford have played at the Kassam stadium this season, with the U’s keeping six clean sheets and failing to score four times. The Trotters have kept five clean sheets and failed to score five times in 17 matches away from Ewood Park and, while both teams have scored just seven times, odds of 8/11 with Sky Bet look fair enough.
Rochdale versus Millwall
Rochdale have managed to shut out the opposition eight times in 18 matches at the Spotland Stadium, failing to score just three times. The Lions, though, have a decent record on the road – at least as far as we’re concerned – failing to score just four times in 18 matches and keeping just three clean sheets. Again, odds of 4/6 with Sky Bet look justified.
Newport County versus Luton Town
League Two strugglers Newport have kept just three clean sheets in 18 matches at Rodney Parade but, despite their lowly league position, have failed to score just five times. Luton have a better defensive record away from Kenilworth Road than they do at home, keeping eight clean sheets in 18 matches. The Hatters have failed to score five times but, at 10/11 with Sky Bet, this one also looks decent value.
Selections: BTTS 5-point Win Treble (4.7/1 with Sky Bet)
The Cheltenham Festival, which commences on Tuesday, March 14, inevitably throws up a handful of horses that cannot sensibly be opposed so, this week, we’ve taken a “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” stance and highlighted the chances of the three shortest-priced favourites of the week in the ante post betting.
Last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Altior (1.33) has made a seamless transition to fences this season, winning all four starts, including the Grade 1 King Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, in impressive fashion. The 7-year-old jumped well when winning at Newbury in February and, already rated 15lb higher over fences than he was over hurdles, should prove far too good for his rivals in the Arkle Trophy on Tuesday.
Limini (2.25) won the new race at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, in splendid style and, this year, is a warm order for the other mares’ race, the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race, on Tuesday. The 6-year-old daughter of Pente Celebre was a beaten favourite on two subsequent outings, both at Grade 1 level, at Aintree and Punchestown, last season, but looked as good as ever when comfortably beating Apple’s Jade by 2 lengths in the Listed Quevega Mares’ Hurdle on her reappearance at Punchestown in February.
Douvan (1.33) has won all 12 starts since joining Willie Mullins and is already twice a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, comfortably beating Sizing John in the Arkle Trophy last year to supplement his victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle the year before. The 7-year-old has plenty in hand of his rivals on official ratings and it will be bitterly disappointing if he doesn’t add to his Festival tally in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.
Selections: Altior (1.33), Limini (2.25), Douvan (1.33), 5-point Win Treble (3.98 with Bet Stars)
Blackburn Rovers versus Cardiff (5/6 with Sky Bet)
Blackburn have kept five clean sheets in 18 games at Ewood Park this season and failed to score just three times. Cardiff City, on the other hand, have kept just two clean sheets and failed to score just four times on the road.
Fulham versus Leeds United (8/13 with Sky Bet)
Four clean sheets and failure to score just twice in 17 games at Craven Cottage make Fulham an attractive betting proposition for BTTS punters, especially as Leeds have a very similar record away from Elland Road this season; the Whites have kept the same number of clean sheets and failed to score just once more than the home side in as many games.
Nottingham Forest versus Brentford (8/15 with Sky Bet)
Overall, both teams have scored in 12 of the 17 matches Forest have played at the City Ground this season, the Reds keeping just three clean sheets and failing to score just twice. Brentford have been ‘BTTS Friendly’ on their travels, too, keeping just four clean sheets and failing to score just four times in 18 games away from Griffin Park.
Selections: Both Teams to Score, Blackburn Rovers v.Cardiff, Fulham v. Leeds United, Nottingham Forest v. Brentford, 5-point Win Treble (3.54/1 with Sky Bet)
Blackpool versus Barnet
Barnet have scored in all 16 away games (100%) in League 2 this season, with both teams scoring in 11 out of the 16 (69%). Blackpool have failed to score in five out of 15 home games (33%) and kept a clean sheet in just four (27%), so 8/11 about both teams to score looks fair enough.
Cambridge United versus Doncaster Rovers
Both teams have scored in nine of the 16 home matches (56%) that Cambridge have played, and in 11 of the 16 away matches (69%) that Doncaster have played, in League 2 this season. Doncaster have failed to score just twice away from home, but kept just four clean sheets and, while Cambridge haven’t been prolific scorers at home, they’ve still managed an average of 1.3 goals per game. Sky Bet have this one priced about right at 8/11.
Crawley Town versus Exeter City
Crawley have failed to score in just one of 14 home matches so far this season so, with Exeter winning five and drawing two of their last eight away matches, and scoring 14 goals in the process so, once again, 8/11 about both teams to score looks fair value.
Selections: Both teams to score, Blackpool versus Barnet (8/11 with Sky Bet), Cambridge United versus Doncaster Rovers (8/11) with Sky Bet, Crawley Town versus Exeter City (8/11 with Sky Bet), 5-point Win Treble (4.15/1 with Sky Bet)