With last season’s Championship opening weekend producing 33 goals, the 2012-13 campaign will have to go some way to top it.
Nevertheless, three fixtures stand out as most likely to guarantee goals.
The Friday night season opener sees Craig Bellamy’s Cardiff City host a Huddersfield Town side who scored 79 goals en route to securing playoff promotion from League One last term.
And if that game has a high probability of goals, then the weekend match-ups between Leicester City and Peterborough United (55 combined games of over 2.5 goals last season) and Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers, who scored over 150 goals between them last term, are near certainties.
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Over 2.5 goals in Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town @ 87/100
Two sides with differing ambitions, Cardiff are 4/1 fourth favourites for promotion while Huddersfield are sixth favourites to go back down at 11/1, but both sides are likely to attack their way to their targets.
In re-signing Craig Bellamy, Cardiff now possess arguably the Championship’s best player, and you can expect them to continue in the vein that saw an average of three goals per home game in matches featuring Bellamy during his last spell.
That’s even more likely against a Town side who earned a reputation as an attacking side in League One, and with 36-goal Jordan Rhodes so far resisting Premier League overtures they should start their first Championship campaign in over a decade with a similar style.
Over 2.5 goals in Leicester City v Peterborough United @ 67/100
The 13/2 title favourites against the most open side in the Championship should make goals a certainty.
The likes of former England striker David Nugent and new signing Jamie Vardy will fancy their chances of netting against a Posh side whose games yielded 144 goals last term as well as 5-1 and 4-0 reverses against the Foxes in recent years.
Over 2.5 goals in Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers @ 4/5
If Peterborough are open, then Ipswich Town’s approach can only be described as cavalier – with 1-7 & 2-5 losses balanced against 5-1 & 5-3 wins in a season that brought 29 games of over 2.5 goals.
Blackburn were their Premier League equivalent as the division’s 8th best attack (48 goals) ultimately failed to cover for the second worst defence (78 conceded).
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