It was Fulham who sunk us in last Saturday’s BTTS column as they failed to score against Brentford. Our regular stomping ground of the National League though keeps coming up trumps and as for Wrxeham, well I think they’ve earned their season ticket to this piece. Six games for Saturday with a 15/1 price as of the time of writing…
Wrexham were involved in a 5-5 draw last week and it wasn’t a great surprise to anyone. They are a BTTS behemoth and so far this season if you are a neutral and just wanted to see an entertaining game, then they have been the team to go see. Ben Foster may have decided to hang up his goalkeeping gloves but he wasn’t the sole reason Phil Parkinson’s side have been so woeful at the back. On Saturday they travel to Barrow and their opposition haven’t been half as good a watch, but they are three of four with both teams scoring. Until proven otherwise, the Hollywood-owned club will continue to be a fixture in this column.
There are five teams in the National League who still have a 100% record when it comes to BTTS and four of them face each other on Saturday, unsurprisingly I’m putting both games up in this accumulator. Altrincham have been a stalwart of this column all season long and I see no reason to stop now as they welcome Chesterfield into the J Davidson Stadium. The visitors let in an injury time equaliser last weekend, which kept up their BTTS streak and this has the hallmarks of making it five from five for both sides.
In addition to that game, the live game on TNT Sports 1 later in the day comes from Victoria Park where Hartlepool entertain AFC Fylde. The home side have scored at least twice in all four league games so far. The visitors have also scored twice in every league game so far. That record will obviously have to end at some point but until it does, I’m going to continue to roll with it.
The only other side in the division with a 100% BTTS record is Gateshead and like Altricham, they’ve been in every BTTS column I’ve done so far this season and clearly, they’ve not let me down. This however is the first time this season where they aren’t a slam dunk for me and that is because Woking have yet to score on the road. Both of their home games have been five-goal thrillers but away from the Kingfield Stadium, it has been slim pickings. They have to score soon away from home and I always like Gateshead.
For the first time this term we take the BTTS column north of the border with two selections. First of all we take in the bottom of the table clash at the Galabank Stadium where Annan Athletic take on FC Edinburgh. Both teams have started the season poorly to say the least. The home side have conceded three times in each game they’ve played on the way to propping up the division, scoring just twice across those 270 minutes of football. Alan Maybury’s side have a better goal difference but their keeper has picked the ball out of the back of his net six times. Both teams are clearly bad at the back and that overrides poor attacking play for me. Both teams will also have a small sense of early-in-the-season desperation.
Lastly we stick in Scottish League 1 with Queen of the South who are the slightly less glamorous Wrexham of this division. Scored eight and conceded six through three games and BTTS has come in each and every time. They make the long journey to the Cove Bay area of Aberdeen on Saturday to face Cove Rangers. The home team have only played one game in front of their own fans so far this campaign and that was an entertaining 2-2 draw with Falkirk. QotS may become a staple of this column and there is no reason not to like their matchup this weekend.