FEB 26: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

I’VE already said elsewhere that I expect goals in the North London derby so I’ll start my line with Arsenal v Spurs.

There have been 25 in the last six meetings between the sides, including 3-2 to Spurs at the Emirates last season.

On their day both sides are capable of hitting the net so hopefully this will be an exciting warm-up to the Carling Cup Final.

There is an absolute cracker in Spain with Atletico Madrid meeting Barcelona. Now the men from the capital have shut up shop at the back since Diego Simeone took over as boss and started climbing the table but a strange thing happens when the sides meet – basically the goals shake.

Look at the stats. The last seven meetings between the sides have produced 35 goals – five of them featuring both to score.

In the other two it was 6-0 and 5-0 (earlier this season) to Barca and with Lionel Messi bouncing back to form with four goals against Valencia last week the champs will be confident of victory.

Barca have hit 17 goals in their last six games but have only kept one clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Villarreal.

Okay, so that’s two down. Let’s make Villarreal v Athletic Bilbao the third choice. Again this is a fixture that traditionally produced goals.

Nine of the last 12 have seen both teams score including the last three. You need the away team be capable of netting for this market to come up and Athletic have done so on their last three trips, including a 4-1 loss at Real Madrid.

Villarreal beat Granada 3-1 and drew 2-2 with Valencia either side of a 0-0 draw with Barcelona so there should be plenty of goals. Please note this is the early La Liga kick-off so get on before 11am.

Next it’s off to Italy and Siena v Palermo. I can’t see Siena keeping out their visitors who rammed five past Lazio last week and have hit 19 in six games. In only one of those matches have they kept a clean sheet and on the road drew 4-4 at Inter Milan.

Siena aren’t the most prolific but have netted in five of their last six and have rattled in 17 goals at home.

Complete the fivefold in the Bundesliga with leaders Borussia Dortmund who entertain a very useful Hannover side who won away to Bruges in the Europa League in midweek.

Dortmund have kept three successive clean sheets so this one’s a bit risky. However, Hannover have scored in their last three away games and crucially eight of the last nine meetings between the sides have seen both on target, including Hannover’s 2-1 win earlier in the season.

If you don’t fancy this one consider Bayern Munich v Schalke which should be tasty but has only brought up both teams score in four of the last 11 clashes.

Both teams to score

Arsenal v Spurs (1.30pm)

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona (8.30pm)

Villarreal v Athletic Bilbao (11am)

Siena v Palermo (2pm)

Borussia Dortmund v Hannover (4.30)

Perm any 4 and all 5 (6 bets)

Fivefold paid a biggest £175.70 to a £10 stake at Coral

(One game fell off slip on odds calculator so originally wrote 8-1 but got a surprise when I checked my winnings)

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20 Comments
  1. Kev Perry 6 years ago

    Good looking five-fold today but I’m tempted to take Siena v Palermo out and stick the Sheffield derby in instead. An early goal from either side and I think we’ll see a few more goals.also i think its nailed on that the north London derby will produce over 2.5 goals. And I like the look of Tottenham -1 at 4/1. They beat them there last season so that monkey is off their back and look how much better they are now and how bad Arsenal are now. I love the bug Sunday games , bring it on.

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Kev, well at least the first one came in. I’m always wary of taking such an early kick-off but Villarreal v Athletic simply looked full of goals and that’s how it turned out. Good luck with the Steel derby but in recent years it’s been a low scorer.

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Kev, just realised odds were 17-1 not 8s as originally stated. Cock-up with the odds calculator.

  2. Martin 6 years ago

    Good luck Paul I have gone for

    Arsenal v Spurs
    Atletico Madrid v Barcelona
    Genk v Club Brugge
    Twente v Utrecht
    PSV v Feyenoord

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Martin, that’s my first two up at Villarreal and Arsenal. Palermo have scored early against Siena but have gone down to 10 men so chances of the home side getting back into it are good.

  3. Kev Perry 6 years ago

    Oh dear oh dear , what do I know . Serves me right for not following your advice today mate. Looks like the fivefold of yours is coming in nicely. Good luck.

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Kev, don’t worry about it last week. I got none out of five on the Sunday games so happy to start with three out of three today. Fingers crossed for the other two.

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Kev, that’s the German game up now so it’s all down to Atletico Madrid v Barcelona for anyone on it.

  4. Kev Perry 6 years ago

    Oh I know I just saw that the Germans had both scored. What an idiot I am. I would have been covering up the Barca game straight away by putting a few quid on both NOT to score. Oh well lives and learns.

  5. Kev Perry 6 years ago

    Well done on this five-fold. Great picks.

  6. Martin 6 years ago

    Well done Paul.

    Wishing I had followed now but wasnt sure about the Siena-Palermo game :(

  7. david smith 6 years ago

    well done paul thats the line up after 54 mins

    not even a sweat on

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      David, walked the dog at half-time and by the time I’d got back Atletico had scored so no sweat as you say.

  8. Tony 6 years ago

    Ha ha get in straight acca. And an early ‘sweater’ too.
    Well in Paul.

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Thanks everyone. Made up for last Sunday’s shocker. Sometimes they are difficult to pick and sometimes they all come up. The next three on my shortlist also both scored that would have been eight out of eight.

  9. Badham 6 years ago

    Played football early this morning and by the time I finished I missed the villareal game so substituted that for the game at Psv against Feyendoor, lucky enough they both scored!other than that followed the other four… Great tips Paul!

  10. Badham 6 years ago

    Won £74 from a £5 which is clearly better odds aswell

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Badham, odds were actually about 17-1 which is what you got. The odds calculator I used dropped a game off and I didn’t realise until I checked my winnings. To be honest I thought 8-1 was a bit short but once the games have started it’s too late to check so I didn’t want to amend in case I overinflated them.

  11. Peter brown 6 years ago

    Well done Paul.great tips! See no 1 moaning today for a change! Haha

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      Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      Peter, I’ll always get some right and some wrong, same as all tipsters. We have good days and bad days.

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