Football is full of clichés such as ‘you need to score while you’re on top’ and this is one saying Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City and Leeds United have been putting into practice of late as they currently hold the three longest winning runs in the Championship.
Ten back-to-back wins featuring 27 goals have seen all three surge up the table and the high-scoring aspect of those runs definitely looks set to continue as they face interesting midweek games against Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Bolton respectively.
New customers using the free £20 bet available when registering with bwin stand to win £112.14 if they use it to back all three games to produce three or more goals – and here’s why I think they will.
Over 2.5 goals in Wolves v Crystal Palace @ 4/5
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Stale Solbakken has slowly but surely awoken the West Midlands giants despite the loss of their top two scorers from last season and the ‘Old Gold’ have climbed into third place on the back of four straight wins.
The visit of equally in-form Palace, unbeaten in five themselves, may prove the toughest challenge to that win streak so far, but it’s unlikely to be a low-scoring affair as the two teams have averaged 3.66 goals per game in their last ten meetings.
Established and in-form Championship goal-getters like Sylvan Ebanks-Blake of Wolves and Palace’s Glenn Murray should ensure that this run continues.
Over 2.5 goals in Huddersfield v Leicester @ 39/50
Until last week, Huddersfield would have made this list as likely winners of an over 2.5 goals game but a late 3-2 defeat by Watford (snapping a six-match unbeaten run) will prove a real test of their mettle on their Championship return.
The Foxes’ ambitions are much higher than those of their visitors and the pre-season title favourites are hardly the ideal pick-me-up opponents.
Nigel Pearson’s side have averaged over 2.5 goals per game as they’ve risen to fifth place and the ten-goal strike pairing of ex-England international David Nugent and £1 million man Jamie Vardy will look to gun down any hopes of a Terriers fightback.
Over 2.5 goals in Bolton v Leeds @ 3/4
Despite his propensity for hyperbole, it’s hard to argue with Neil Warnock’s assessment that last week was “one of [his] best in football”.
Wins over Bristol City and Nottingham Forest were sandwiched between an historic 2-1 League Cup success over Everton, proving that goals are the key to success.
While Bolton broke a run of losing games of over 2.5 goals at the weekend, I’m not sure boss Owen Coyle will regard a 1-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace as a solution to that particular problem.
Playing host to Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio and El-Hadji Diouf (who have 200 career league goals between them) is also not likely to be the best way to turn their new-found defensive solidity into a win, but another entertaining affair at the Reebok Stadium can be expected.
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