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.
Bournemouth vs West Ham – Saturday 19th
12th placed Bournemouth can close to within 1 point of West Ham in 9th this weekend, if the Cherries can find a way to beat the Irons at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
But while predicting which of these incredibly inconsistent teams is likely to come out top could prove a tricky task, forecasting plenty of goals feels a much safer bet.
Bournemouth have been one of the most enjoyable sides to observe this season, from a neutral’s perspective at least, and over 2.5 goals were scored in a massive 73% of the Cherries’ Premier League matches so far in 2018/19.
West Ham’s overall total goals figures aren’t as impressive, though it’s worth noting that the Irons have kept only 2 clean sheets in 10 attempts of the road this season.
In addition, an average of 4 goals were scored across Bournemouth and West Ham’s last 7 encounters, and we think that their latest clash has similarly high goal-scoring potential.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach – Saturday 19th
The 2018/19 Bundesliga season resumes after its winter break this weekend, and Bayer Leverkusen’s clash with Borussia Monchengladbach is one of the standout games from German top flight’s first round of fixtures in 2019.
Bayern and Gladbach have been among the most exciting teams to watch in the Bundesliga this season, and their games are routinely thrill a minute contests, packed to bursting with goalmouth drama.
Over 2.5 goals flew in in 65% of Leverkusen’s league matches since the summer, while Borussia’s equivalent figure stands at an even healthier 71%.
Furthermore, at least 3 goals were scored in 6 of the last 8 league meetings between the clubs, and we think that high goal average will be comfortably maintained at the BayArena this week.
Doncaster Rovers vs Burton Albion – Saturday 19th
League One play-off hopefuls Doncaster Rovers entertain mid-table Burton Albion at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in a battle between two of the division’s highest-ranking teams for goal averages per game.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in an impressive 67% of Doncaster Rovers League One matches this season – a figure that puts Donny at number one in that metric for the division.
Pushing Doncaster hard for top spot in the over 2.5 goals rankings, are their opponents this weekend, Burton Albion. A minimum of 3 goals hit the net in 63% of Albion’s league fixtures since the summer.
More recently, over 2.5 goals were registered in 100% of Doncaster’s last 8 matches, and we believe there is a huge chance that perfect overs run will continue on Saturday.
PEC Zwolle vs Feyenoord – Saturday 19th
Dutch minnows and Eredivisie relegation favourites PEC Zwolle face a tough test against traditional giants Feyenoord on Saturday in another fixture that promises plenty of goals.
Zwolle conceded 10 goals in their last 4 home matches before the Eredivisie paused for it’s yearly winter break, and 3rd placed Feyenoord aren’t exactly the ideal opponents to resume a faltering campaign against.
Feyenoord have been the “best of the rest” in the Netherlands this season behind the title-chasing runaway pair of PSV and Ajax, and while goal scoring hasn’t been a problem for Giovani van Bronckhorst’s charges, keeping teams off the scoresheet at the other end has.
Before the winter break, Feyenoord kept just 2 clean sheets in 8 Eredivisie fixtures, and De Stadionclub have stopped their opponents scoring just once on the road this season in total.
Goals are extremely likely at both ends on Saturday then, and with Feyenoord still expected to carve out a victory, over 2.5 goals looks an eminently passable target in this fixture.