Ben’s Bookie Bashers: Goalfest at Adams Park

March 23rd, 2012 by Ben Gledhill

The first tip of this week’s four-fold is Yeovil to beat struggling Hartlepool. Barring a 3-0 setback at Charlton in the midweek, Gary Johnson has turned his team around and they currently sit in a comfortable mid-table position. Their opponents, Hartlepool, are in a quagmire, as they go in search of their first win in six outings. They will have to do so in the knowledge that they have failed to score in just short of seven hours of football. Free-scoring Yeovil should be able to come up with the good to overcome Jeff Stelling’s boys; they came up for me last week and this weekend should be no different. Boylesports are best-priced at 5/4.

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A goalfest expected at Wycombe.

Staying in League One, and we’re going to change markets for our next bet. Wycombe host MK Dons this weekend and if ever there was a game with ‘Goalfest’ written all over it, it’s this one. Karl Robinson’s men have netted 71 times which is just short of two per game, whilst the Chairboys’ games have featured 127 goals combined (scored and conceded) which is well over three per game. It promises to be an open clash and a bet on the game having over 3.5 goals is a huge 2/1 courtesy of Stan James. If ever there was a value bet this weekend, that’s it!

Into League Two, and a team on the rise is Northampton. Aidy Boothroyd has certainly made his mark on the team as they are slowly getting themselves away from the trapdoor to Non-League football. A team that could still lose their place in the league is Plymouth. Even though the Pilgrims have improved their form in recent weeks, I like the home side to come out on top, and a win for them would virtually see them safe as they could be eight points clear with eight games remaining. William Hill’s 6/5 is the best bet for a Northampton win.

Finally, Crawley seem to have come back to life in the last few weeks. With no defeat in five for Steve Evans’ men, they host a Rotherham side that has recently sacked their manager Andy Scott after a run of one win in eight games. The Millers did bounce back on Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory over Macclesfield, but you should take into account that Macc have not won a game in 2012 so this should not come as a surprise. Compare that with Crawley’s 0-1 win at free-scoring Gillingham, and you sense that the home side should be able to see off the Yorkshiremen. Crawley are 4/6 with various companies for the win.


Yeovil to beat Hartlepool (Boylesports, 5/4)
Over 3.5 goals in the Wycombe/MK Dons game (Stan James, 2/1)
Northampton to beat Plymouth (William Hill, 6/5)
Crawley to beat Rotherham (BetVictor + Others, 4/6)

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