Both teams to score tips for Monday 2nd January with the best odds for the 4-fold and reasons for each selection made by our footy tipster.
We’re hoping to start 2017 with a bang and we’ve picked out four matches in which both sides are likely to find the target. The odds for this BTTS tip are a touch under 8/1 with Ladbrokes, if you haven’t got an account with them you will get a £50 free bet when you use this link to open a Ladbrokes account.
Newcastle got back to winning ways with a convincing 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Friday night. It’s now three games without a clean sheet for the Toon, but they do sit top of the table as we enter 2017. Blackburn beat Rafa Benitez’s side when they met around a month ago, but this should be a different story. The visitors have hit exactly two goals in 5 of their last 6 away matches and although they tend to favour the 2-0 scoreline, they did concede to low-scoring Burton last time out. Sam Gallagher and Danny Graham are a menacing front pair who will cause problems for the Newcastle backline although Rovers are without the suspended Darragh Lenihan, who provides a cushion for the defence and he will be sorely missed against the leaders. Newcastle have scored in every away game since the opening weekend whilst Blackburn have netted in each of their last six home games including notching twice against Brighton.
Neither of these sides saw much action on Friday night and as a result will be well rested. Fulham did play 45 minutes against Reading before the Majeski Stadium became engulfed in fog. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have been excellent here at Craven Cottage and have hit 15 goals in their last 5 home matches. They may have come up against significantly weaker defences than this one, but they can certainly find the target against Chris Hughton’s side. They hit 5 past Huddersfield and Reading, both of whom are in the top six. They even conceded to lowly Rotherham and had to settle for a 2-2 draw with in-form Derby a couple of weeks ago. Brighton’s last two away games have been very close and they secured a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Birmingham in the dying embers of the game. Previously, they had beaten Blackburn 3-2 and their defence isn’t quite as secure on their travels. They tend to find the net though with 10 goals scored in their last 6 outings.
Both of these sides played on Friday night and had contrasting fortunes. Chesterfield were unable to find the net as they huffed and puffed against Port Vale. It was all in vain as apart from some half-hearted penalty appeals, Port Vale never looked likely to concede. The Spirerites have been improving of late and are much better on home soil. At the end of November, they surprisingly beat Bristol Rover 3-2 here but had previously been beaten 4-1 by Sheffield United in front of the TV Cameras. They have been struggling to defend all season and that could be a real problem against a rejuvenated MK Dons. The visiting fans will hope to see their side build upon the 3-2 victory over Swindon which saw Nicky Maynard net a rare goal. The veteran striker has struggling since arriving at the club, but his strike was the difference in the end. The Dons still had time to concede another late goal as they almost let Swindon back into it, but they held on. The visitors have kept just 1 clean sheet in 5 on the road and have conceded in each of their last three League One games.
Barnet continue to go from strength to strength in League Two and it’s mainly down to striker John Akinde. The big striker is on the verge of breaking the 20 goal barrier and is likely to cause the Plymouth defence plenty of problems. The Pilgrims have been back on form recently, but have kept just a single clean sheet in five away matches. That came against Accrington, a match in which Plymouth were lucky to come away with anything after seeing their goal peppered throughout. Barnet have won two of their last four games at home by a 3-2 scoreline, but did recently lost 2-1 to Stevenage here. They’ve only failed to score twice in eight home games and likewise only kept two clean sheets in that run. The last time Plymouth failed to net on the road was back on the 13th of August.
Blackburn v Newcastle
Fulham v Brighton
Chesterfield v MK Dons
Barnet v Plymouth
BTTS ODDS – 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
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