Weekend Stats Pack: Baggies to bounce ahead early

West Brom to lead at HT
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Sheffield Wednesday v Reading – Under 2.5 Goals (1.78)

Things just aren’t going too well for both of these sides at the moment. A bad run of form looks to have ended Sheff Wed’s play-off hopes, and they’re in relative mid-table comfort along with Reading, who should have enough to stay in the league. A big issue for both is a lack of recent goals, which is why this one may struggle to reach three goals. The Owls have two in their last five Championship clashes combined, whilst Reading haven’t scored more than once in a league encounter since New Years’ Day.

West Brom v Nottingham Forest – West Brom Half Time (2.40)

Nottingham Forest will be hurting having suffered a shock loss at home to Charlton Athletic in midweek, and whilst they lost they at least rested some key players. However, West Brom are going great guns themselves and are looking like a sure thing to be back in the Premier League next season. A tentative play is taken on them to lead this lunchtime clash at half time as in the Championship First Half Table, this is 2nd versus 19th, so the Baggies know how to come out firing on all cylinders.

Portsmouth v Shrewsbury – Under 2.5 Goals (1.83)

Goals just ultimately haven’t been the name of the games involving these two League One outfits this season. No side in the league has seen fewer matches finish over 2.5 goals than Shrewsbury, whilst Portsmouth are on a run of their last five in league action finish below this amount. Pompey’s lengthy winning streak was ended versus Coventry on Tuesday and they’re not the sort of team to blow any opponent away. Shrewsbury have won once in 13, but 2-0 has been their biggest loss in that period.

Bristol Rovers v Blackpool – Half Time Draw (2.10)

Once again we just cannot help ourselves getting involved in another half time draw selection! Blackpool are always a strong consideration for this particular bet and they indeed get our vote this weekend. The main reason being is that they’re away from home, and they’ve been level at the interval in 11 of their 15 on the road. Bristol Rovers have been drawing at HT in just under half of their league matches overall, so this isn’t just a Blackpool based bet as Rovers have some form in this particular field, too. Whilst Simon Grayson has just been sacked by the Tangerines, that shouldn’t make a huge difference in the extreme short-term.

Plymouth v Crewe – Over 2.5 Goals (1.80)

Without a doubt the most eye-catching match on the League Two card this weekend, and certainly one of the top EFL clashes overall, is that of Plymouth Argyle versus Crewe Alexandra. This presents fourth against second in the English fourth-tier and it promises to be an exciting encounter indeed. What we can be sure of is both will play to win, and these two positioned in the top-three top scorers in the division, too. Both teams have seen exactly 20 of their games beat the 2.5 line so we couldn’t possibly tip against it on this occasion. This also paid out in the head-to-head meeting from earlier in the campaign.

Port Vale v Colchester – Both Teams To Score (1.85)

Another attractive contest taking place in League Two on Saturday is Port Vale against Colchester; two teams very much involved in the play-off picture and only one point separated the two. Vale are in especially good nick after winning three of their last four, but it is two defeats in three for Colchester and are eager to bounce back. Goals should be on the agenda here, as they so often are when these two are involved. Both teams to score has paid out of 60.61% of Port Vale’s league fixtures, and 57.87% of Colchester’s, too. The numbers alone suggests there is every reason to believe it’ll pay out once again.


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