One of the most common football adages rolled out by unimaginative pundits is “goals win games”. At FST, we have added our own twist to that clichéd football axiom to make it read – “goals win bets”.
Whether you’ve taken a punt on an over 2.5 total goals selection or are hoping to conquer the both teams to score markets, the sound of a net rattling is music to your ears.
To cater to your needs and help satisfy your goal-lust, we will compile a list of the games that promise the most goals ahead of the action each week.
Armed with this information, you should be able attack those goal markets as a more informed bettor. But remember, it’s okay to take a break from gambling if the results aren’t going your way.
Remember to bookmark this page and check back for the latest updated list of potentially goal-filled fixtures.
Moldova vs France (Euro 2020 Qualifier) – Friday 22nd
World Cup champions France start their Euro 2020 qualification journey on Friday with a trip to play Moldova in a Group H contest that Les Bleus will expect to dominate.
Moldova’s recent international record borders on dreadful and the qualification outsiders have won only 3 of their last 38 matches in total.
Remarkably, all 3 victories during that period were secured against perennial international whipping boys San Marino, which further accentuates the problems Moldova have had since early 2017.
In contrast, the star-studded French team have lost only once in 18 games, and Les Blues glittering array of attack talent plundered at least 2 goals in 10 of those fixtures.
With Kylian MBappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and the rest of country’s big-hitters set to feature in Chişinău on Friday, France should be able to rack up a healthy scoreline by the time the final whistle blows.
Coventry City vs Oxford United (League One) – Saturday 23rd
Play off chasing Coventry City take on relegation threatened Oxford United in League One on Saturday hoping to extend their recent run of good form.
When it comes to the potential for goals, the omens and numbers look good at the Rocoh Arena. Over 2.5 goals were scored in each of Coventry’s last 3 games and the Sky Blues have only kept 2 clean sheets in 12 matches at home.
Oxford have kept their opponents out just 3 times in 15 games on the road, and an average of 3 goals were scored across their last 18 away games in all competitions.
In addition, over 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of the last 5 meeting between Coventry and Oxford. We expect that pattern to continue unabated this weekend.
Rochdale vs Scunthorpe United (League One) – Saturday 23rd
Rochdale and Scunthorpe United clash at Spotland on Saturday in a League One clash that’s positively dripping with goal-scoring potential.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in an eye-watering 76% of Rochdale’s last 17 fixtures in all competitions, and more recently at least 3 goals rattled the net in 5 of their last 8 games.
Scunthorpe have been posting more modest scoring figures, though it’s worth noting that they conceded in 87% of their last 8 matches. Furthermore, only 6 teams have conceded more away goals than United in League One this season.
When Rochdale and Scunthorpe faced-off earlier in the season, they shared the points after a pulsating 6 goal thriller. We think everything is in place for another goal-fest between the teams this weekend.
Spain vs Norway (Euro 2020 Qualifier) – Saturday 23rd
Spain play Norway on Saturday in what looks a Euro 2020 Qualification Group F mis-match at the Mestalla in Valencia.
After their poor showing at last summer’s World Cup, Spain will be desperate to get their latest competitive campaign off to an emphatic start.
Goals have been a feature of Spain’s recent fixtures, and over 2.5 goals flew in in 5 of their last 6 international games. In fact, an average of 4.16 goals were scored across that sextet of Spanish contests.
Norway’s results have been positive in the main over the past year, though the standard of opponent they faced have generally been below top level.
The last time the Norwegians faced one of international football’s elite in late 2017, they were trounced 6-0 by Germany.
A repeat of that scoreline this weekend is unlikely, though Spain will fancy themselves to win with relative comfort nonetheless.
Port Vale vs Forest Green (League Two) – Saturday 23rd
League Two strugglers Port Vale host Forest Green on Saturday, hoping to claim 3 vital points in their bid to widen the gap between them and the drop zone.
Vale’s matches have generally been quite low scoring affairs this season, but with the pressure to win increasing week on week, the goals have started to flow much more freely of late.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in 6 of Port Vale’s last 9 home games overall, and the Valiants have kept just 1 clean sheet in their most recent 11 league fixtures in front of their own supporters.
Similarly, a minimum of 3 goals hit the net in 6 of Forest Green’s last 10 away games, and the play off contenders managed to keep their opponents of the scoresheet in just 2 of their last 9 League Two ties in total.
That statistics paints a pretty convincing case here, and we should see plenty of goalmouth action at Vale Park on Saturday.