ENGLAND’s failure to add to their two first half goals against Malta ended Selectabet’s hopes of an international correct score treble last weekend. A 6-0 win for Portugal was bang on the money but he had a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 win for the Three Lions covered.
Although that result was disappointing it would’ve been nothing compared to the despair he’d have felt had his bet made it to the final leg where he had Israel to win 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0 against Liechtenstein. Depsite cruising into a 2-0 lead the Israelis inexplicably lost a goal to the minnows in the second half. That would’ve been a sore one to take.
But it’s back to the bread and butter of domestic action and the chance to get back to winning ways…
Scunthorpe to score 2+
My old friends Scunthorpe sit proudly at the top of League One after a magnificent start to the season. They host MK Dons on Saturday as they attempt to make it 10 games in a row without defeat. The Iron were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Northampton last weekend so will be looking to bounce back with a home win after a free midweek.
Striker Josh Morris leads the goal scoring charts with a goal every 89 minutes and Scunthorpe have scored 2 or more in 75% of their league matches so far. They’re top scorers in the division with 27 goals, six ahead of nearest teams Peterborough and Bury on 21. At home they average 2.5 goals per match so all the stats point towards them scoring two or more.
Opponents MK Dons were the butt of many jokey comments on social media last weekend when rivals AFC Wimbledon overtook them in the league for the first time since their formation. The 1-0 defeat to Port Vale saw the Dons drop to 12th in the table.
Its worth noting that MK have actually had more shots on target than Scunthorpe this season (67 v 62) but with just 15 goals to show for it they’ve been much more wasteful than The Iron. MK Dons have been on the wrong end of 64 shots on target (the 4th highest in the league) so if Scunthorpe have their shooting boots on there could be goals in it for them.
One note of caution is that MK Dons could be considered somewhat of a bogey team for Scunthorpe as the Glanford Park side have won just one of the last nine meeting between the two sides. Time to put that right.
Doncaster to Score 2+
In League Two second-place Doncaster host 13th-placed Colchester who haven’t won in six.
Goals have been in abundance in Doncaster matches this season; 41 in 12 matches is a league high and their 25 strikes is sox more than any other team in the league. It’s no wonder then that they have one of the highest shots-on-target per match ratio at 5.92 per game. We’re looking for them to score two or more yet again, something they’ve managed in 10 of their 12 league matches to date.
Colchester appear to be heading in the wrong direction. Their only wins have come against Grimsby (10th), Blackpool (15th) and Wycombe (16th). Last week’s 0-0 draw with bottom placed Newport was their first clean sheet since September and only their second of the league campaign.
The gap between the two sides look too big and Doncaster should win this with a couple to spare.
Queen of the South to Score 2+
While Hibs appear to grab all the headlines Queen of the South have quietly gone about their business in the Scottish Championship and they currently lead Neil Lennon’s side by a point at the top of the table. They’re undefeated in eight games and saw off Northern Irish side Linfield last weekend after extra-time in the bastardised Scottish Challenge (Irn Bru) Cup. The Doonhamers’ only blemish so far was a 5-0 mauling by Rangers in the League Cup quarter finals.
Although not blessed with the same attacking options as the Hibees Queen of the South also top the scoring charts with 14 in eight games, nine of which were scored in four home matches. Tomorrow they host a Morton side who are having an unpredictable season. 6th in the table and knocked out of the Irn Bru Cup by Queen’s Park doesn’t make great reading, but looming large on the horizon is a huge semi-final showdown with Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup next weekend.
None of Morton’s squad will want to miss that one and it could be a bit of a distraction for their visit to Palmerston. Their record away from home isn’t great (W0 D1 L3) so it looks a decent bet that all three points will remain in Dumfries. Back Queen of the South to score a couple on their way to victory.