InplayMan is back with a 5/1 Saturday both teams to score treble, covering action in the Premier League, Championship and League One.
Fulham vs Newcastle
6th in the Premier League after their opening seven games, Fulham fans have plenty to cheer about so far. They’ve faced some tough sides along the way in that run but have still managed three wins over Forest, Bright and Brentford as well as draws against Wolves and Liverpool.
They have a huge threat going forwards in Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was even bagging goals for his home nation Serbia during the international break, but they do leave a lot to be desired at the back, and in fact boast the worst defensive record of any top eight side.
Newcastle have been relatively tight at times this season, but five of their last six games have seen both teams find the net, and the goalless draw against Palace sandwiched in between was far from a bore fest and probably should have produced more goals than it did.
In their own Alexander (Isak) they’ve found a proven goalscorer, while Callum Wilson is a more than adequate replacement should the Swede fail to recover from injury. Eddie Howe will have targeted this game against a newly promoted side as a decent chance of three points prior to a ball being kicked, but while I think they have the quality, I don’t think Newcastle will get this all their own way.
West Brom vs Swansea
Not normally a game I’d tip for goals on the face of it, but West Brom with home advantage are usually a pretty solid punt to find a goal and at the moment they just cannot keep a clean sheet. Prior to the international break they were winless in six games in all competitions, conceding in every single one of those along the way. Their last clean sheet came against Cardiff back in August, each of their last five seeing both teams find the net, including that dodgy loss here at The Hawthornes against neighbours Birmingham in their last home game.
Swansea have hardly been flying themselves with 12 points from their opening 10 games, but they’ve managed only one win on the road this season against Blackpool. That 0-1 win is the only exception in an otherwise perfect record of scoring and conceding in every game away from home this season, and they picked up a pretty decent 0-2 win here last season so can’t be underestimated. I don’t think they’re on a decent enough run right now to repeat that win to nil, and West Brom very rarely fail to find the net here, so both teams to score looks a decent little play in my eyes.
Cheltenham vs Shrewsbury
Two sides who have seen a pack of goals so far this season and I’m banking on that continuing as the two sides face off at Whaddon Road this Saturday. Cheltenham had a rough start to their campaign to say the least with four straight losses in all competitions, including a 0-7 drubbing at the hands of Exeter here in the League Cup, but the tide is slowly starting to turn.
They’ve now lost just one of their last five games and haven’t tasted defeat on home soil for over a month, but while they’ve scored in six of their last seven in all comps, there’s still plenty of goals leaking at the other end, with their last clean sheet coming on the 20th of August.
They welcome a Shrewsbury side who got back to winning ways last week after successive losses in the league and EFL Trophy against Port Vale, but the goals are still leaking. They were narrow winners over Exeter conceding twice and conceded six in two games vs Port Vale before squeezing past Burton 2-1 last weekend. Both meetings between the pair last season saw both sides find the net, and I like the look of that run continuing as the two meet again here.