Weekend Stats Pack: Championship sides meet in top-of-goals-table clash

Hull v Stoke - Over 2.5 Goals
@ 1.93 with Bet365
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Exeter v Northampton - Under 2.5 Goals
@ 1.83 with Betfair
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Millwall v Nottingham Forest – Under 2.5 Goals (1.69)

Friday night under the lights at The Den is never an easy challenge for any away side but Nottingham Forest are in the play-off spots and have been rarely defeated this season. Millwall have adapted to life very well since the appointment of Gary Rowett, especially at home. This does promise to be quite a close meeting given that Forest’s league matches are averaging only 2.10, whilst Millwall have only conceded nine times at home. Rowett and Sabri Lamouchi know how to set up their teams to be hard to beat, so expecting a festival of goals isn’t highly likely.

Hull v Stoke – Over 2.5 Goals (1.93)

Prior to Friday’s games, Hull against Stoke is essentially is 12th versus 23rd in the table, but it is actually a top of the table encounter is a different regard. The Over 2.5 Goal Table places this as 3rd against 5th, so watching Hull and Stoke this season has represented great value for money if goals are your thing! Although most of Hull’s recent home games and Stoke away games has fallen below this amount, both are entering this on the back of defeats and need to get back on track. That is certainly the case for lowly Stoke, and there is enough in offensive areas for these teams to expect a few goals.

Blackpool v Fleetwood – Both Teams To Score (1.83)

If you are looking for something to stick onto your accumulators this week then this is one play which you should consider. Blackpool against Fleetwood is a game which presents two teams which are used to scoring, but also conceding. In League One action this season, Blackpool and Fleetwood have played 34 games combined and 22 of them has seen both teams score. That is quite a substantial amount and they are two of only five teams in the league to have seen at least 11 matches contain BTTS. This is a big rivalry game with only about seven miles separating the two, so it promises to be an all-action clash.

Burton v Lincoln – Under 2.5 Goals (1.86)

Lincoln will be glad to be back in action having not played a game since November 20th, whilst during that period Burton have played an extra four matches, including when being held at home to lowly Southend on Tuesday night. Still, Burton are in decent form on the basis of three wins and just one defeat from their past five in all competitions. Lincoln have just one win in eight in all competitions, with scoring goals proving to be their Achilles heel. Truth be told, this is a game where goals shouldn’t be in high supply. League games involving these two has averaged 2.29 and 2.35 goals respectively, so Under 2.5 looks a decent shout.

Exeter v Northampton – Under 2.5 Goals (1.83)

Our first delve into League Two sees two teams who still remain in the FA Cup having played at the weekend, but both return to league action with both positioned inside the play-off spots. 4th against 6th suggests that there is very little between these two outfits, with Northampton only scoring four and conceding one less, but have two points less than Exeter. 23 of their 38 league fixtures so far has seen Under 2.5 Goals pay out and that has to be our call on this occasion. Plenty of respect will be on show for what is a top of the table clash. Exeter have conceded only six home goals so this promises to be a tight one.

Swindon to beat Grimsby (2.45)

Rather than focusing on the goal route we’ll have an outright play for our final selection of the weekend and it comes from what should be an undoubtedly cold and windy Blundell Park. The sun hasn’t shone there for a while now given they are winless in five, and boss Michael Jolley lost his job within that run. League leaders Swindon come to town this weekend and whilst it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest to see out of form Grimsby win this, I don’t think we can back against Richie Wellens’ side pre-match. They’re on a five-match winning run in League Two action and they no longer have the FA Cup as a distraction anymore. Only Forest Green has achieved more away points, too