Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
With the return of the Champions League and Europa League right around the corner, this week sees cup games and league action squeezed in before the continental competitions return to centre stage.
I’ve poured over this week’s fixtures to pick out a Both Teams to Score bet each day from Monday to Sunday. You can see the 43/1 tip below, which was picked out with bet365. New bet365 customers can also take advantage of this great offer below!
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Monday – Brentford vs Manchester City
Brentford are in terrible shape at the minute, having shipped 18 goals across their last seven games to cap off a freefall down the table. Hosting Manchester City is the last thing they’d want after a run of eight defeats in 10 league games, but the visitors have looked a little shaky at the back.
City have conceded in 10 of their last 11 league matches and they’ve managed just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League trips. While the champions remain fearsome going forward, back them to concede against a strong Brentford attack.
Tuesday – Bristol Rovers vs Fleetwood
Bristol Rovers haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 at home, recording a single shutout from their 18 home matches in all competitions this season. That record should continue when Fleetwood arrive for this League One clash.
The visitors have seen both teams score across their last four away games. Bristol Rovers won 2-1 when these two last met, but Fleetwood were able to claim a 2-2 draw in their previous visit to the Memorial Stadium.
Wednesday – St Johnstone vs Hearts
Hearts have made third-place their own in the Scottish Premiership thanks to a run of seven wins from eight. However, they’ve also seen both teams score in five of their last six, so the Jambos are far from unbreachable.
Hearts head to St Johnstone on Wednesday night with the Saints having scored in nine consecutive home matches. Hearts have found the net in each of their last 11 away games, so back these two in-form forward lines to score on Wednesday.
Thursday – Groningen vs Fortuna Sittard
Thursday is a quiet night of football but the best entertainment is likely to be found in the Dutch Cup, where second-tier Groningen search for an upset against Fortuna Sittard. With Fortuna heading into this contest on the back of a 3-3 draw at home to Heerenveen, their defence can’t exactly be trusted here.
Fortuna did win both meetings last season when Groningen were in the top flight, but they conceded in both victories. With the home side scoring twice in each of their last six games at Euroborg, back both teams to score in this quarter-final clash.
Friday – Notts County vs Gillingham
Just one point separates these two League Two playoff chasers ahead of Friday’s showdown. Notts County head into the clash after a rough run, having failed to win any of their last four. However, with a 4-2 loss to Tranmere and a 5-5 draw with Grimsby in that run, goals should be on the cards.
Gillingham are in mixed form too, having failed to keep a clean sheet since New Year’s Day. The Gills have seen both teams score in their last four matches, so expect goals at Meadow Lane.
Saturday – Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle
Both teams to score is odds-on here but you’d have expected an even shorter price on the back of Newcastle’s 4-4 draw with Luton.
On top of that, Nottingham Forest have now seen both teams score in eight of their first nine matches under Nuno Espirito Santo’s watch. Among those was a 3-1 win at St James’ Park on Boxing Day. With Newcastle conceding in eight consecutive away league games, an open encounter is on the cards at the City Ground.
Sunday – West Ham vs Arsenal
After their 3-0 loss at Manchester United on Sunday, West Ham are now without a clean sheet in five. While there was some encouragement for David Moyes with his team creating good chances, they look vulnerable at the back ahead of Arsenal’s visit.
The Gunners are on a high after beating Liverpool 3-1 but they’ve conceded in 11 of their last 12 away games across all competitions. With defensive concerns hanging over both sides, expect both teams to score for the fifth time in six head-to-head meetings.
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