ONE goal beat my btts treble on Saturday but it was good to see Scott Allott’s treble landing.
I’ve reduced the shortlist I made during the week to three and here is Sunday’s effort.
I’m starting with Southampton v Bournemouth, a south-coast derby that should produce goals. Southampton’s last five have brought up the market as have Bournemouth’s previous four.
Saints are boosted by the return of star striker Sadio Mane while Graziano Pelle is still scoring plenty. Bournemouth have struggled for results since losing Callum Wilson but they’re still scoring – the problem is their conceding more.
Ten have been shipped in their last two Premier League matches against Spurs and Man City and it’s doubtful we’ll see keeper Artur Boruc after his howlers against Spurs.
Next I’m on Heerenveen v Cambuur in the Dutch league. Two recent meetings have finished 2-2 and 2-1 and there have been 11 in Heerenveen’s last two. Cambuur’s previous have been score draws – three 1-1s and a 3-3.
Complete the treble in the French League with Nice v Lille which I’m taking ahead of another contender Nantes v Marseille.
Previous meetings haven’t been that high scoring but all Nice games are packed with goals these days – 25 in the past five with all seeing both teams scoring. There have been two 3-1s, two 4-1s and a 6-1.
Three of Lille’s last six have seen both scoring so let’s hope they join the party.
Both to Score Treble
Southampton v Bournemouth (4pm)
Heerenveen v Cambuur (1.30pm)
Nice v Lille (1pm)