Saturday, March 29, 2008
READING - BLACKBURN ROVERS
Fancy that we will see goals here. Last three meetings between these two have produced 15 goals, so , an average of five per game.
Reading have been involved in some very high scoring games this season and although, looking at the bare results, you might think that their matches have tightened up, there have still been a lot of chances at both ends of the pitch.
The hosts are still not safe yet and I think both will be looking for maximum points. Rovers play a pretty open style and have both scored and conceded in 12 of their last 17 starts. They will miss the suspended Chris Samba at the heart of their defence and this should make things easier for the home strikers.
At the other end of the pitch Blackburn have real threat and in Roque Santa Cruz, have an inform striker, three goals in his last two, who has scored 11 of his 18 goals this season on the road. He is a minor doubt, but should play and could be looked at in the anytime scorer market at circa 3.0.
5 points "over" 2.5 goals 2.11 asian line.
DERBY COUNTY - FULHAM FC
Fulham have not won away since I last wore short trousers, but will not get a better chance at hapless Derby. The hosts will not simply roll over and will also see this as a chance to get a win, however, to have any chance of survival, the visitors simply have to seek the win.
The performance at Newcastle aside, Roy Hodgson's side have played much better in recent weeks and certainly do not lack too much in confidence, despite their lowly league position, any side with five americans in the squad, will never lack in that respect. They do have a real goal threat up front and that gives them an edge over goal shy County, who have only managed 14 goals in 31 matches.
5 points Fulham -1/2 ball 2.40 general quote.