West Brom have been a little up-and-down in recent times and they look to end their two-match winless streak when entertaining local rivals Birmingham City. The Blues themselves have hit a bit of a slump by going six without a win, including consecutive defeats in their previous two. Something connected these two rivals together also are their respective both teams to score numbers. In that regard, this is a top-five Championship encounter, and both teams should score but also concede.
This is arguably the biggest game on the Championship card this weekend and for all that Hull and Charlton are in bad form and may fear losing, they will also understand the effects of winning. So much so, this is more likely to be an attack-minded approach from Grant McCann and Lee Bowyer, rather than a nervy and cagey affair. Anyhow, this is a top-four Championship clash in a ranking of teams seeing their matches feature over 2.5 goals, so we won’t go against that trend.
Sure, Rotherham should be beating Southend this weekend if the league table is anything to go by, but Sol Campbell’s charges have, to their credit, been more competitive that their perilous position may suggest. They even earned just their fourth league win of the campaign last time out over Bristol Rovers. Rotherham have won once in five, so the points are arguably more important to them on Saturday. A goals angle appears the way to go, with this being a top-five League One clash for the amount of their battles which has seen both teams score.
Coventry have a relatively comfortably five-point lead at the summit of League One, whilst also having a game in hand over almost all of their rivals. Shrewsbury look relatively safe from relegation, but they’re struggling for consistency at present. One consistent factor about them however is the lack of goals in their matches, which ranks as the lowest in League One. Coventry are only just above them in that regard, with a strong defence proving the key to their success this season. They may win again, but it’ll likely be tight.
A run of three draws has seen Port Vale slip outside the play-off places but they firmly remain in contention. A four-match unbeaten run has given Crawley half a chance of gate-crashing the play-off picture, they really need a run of wins, including this tricky away tie. Some hope comes for them in the form of how regularly they score, but the issue is they don’t really do clean sheets. Port Vale aren’t too dissimilar to that either. In fact, only Crewe has seen more matches feature both teams scoring than Crawley in League Two this season. 22/37 for Vale has done too, including three of their last four at Vale Park.
A bet-builder selection will cap off our weekend stats article, and with good reason. As mentioned above, Crewe not only top the League Two table outright, but they also do in terms of both teams scoring, which is quite an incredible fact. Mansfield are in the top-eight for BTTS, and winning two of their last three will make them feel a little better about themselves. This clash is also a top-four battle in terms of the League Two Over 2.5 Goals tally, so both teams are used to seeing at least three goals in their matches.