After a couple of lean weeks for our Saturday BTTS column, we slim down to just six-matches as we look to backup our 11/1 and 15/1 winners from earlier in the season. This sixfold is available to back at 22/1 as of the time of publication…

BTTS Tips – Saturday 23 September, 2023

  • Back BTTS Yes in Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest @ 11/10
  • Back BTTS Yes in Bristol Rovers vs Wigan Athletic @ 4/6
  • Back BTTS Yes in Stockport County vs Wrexham @ 4/7
  • Back BTTS Yes in Hampton & Richmond vs Yeovil Town @ 4/6
  • Back BTTS Yes in Taunton Town vs Havant & Waterlooville @ 4/6
  • Back BTTS Yes in Annan Athletic vs Alloa Athletic @ 8/15
  • Overall Odds – 22/1

The first game of this sixfold is the only one longer than Evens and is certainly an eye-opener.

However, Manchester City have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past four games. It has been a fine start to the season for Pep’s side but that statistic must be a little bit concerning for the superstar manager. They’ve conceded against Sheffield United, Fulham, West Ham and Red Star Belgrade in that time. Not exactly a wide range of attacking talent (bar maybe West Ham) among those sides.

On the other side, Nottingham Forest supporters have been given at least one moment to celebrate in all five of their league games. They didn’t look great on Monday night but still found the back of the net as they got a point at home to Burnley. Every reason to think they’ll find a way in front of goal again at least once on Saturday afternoon.

Every game so far this season in all competitions at the Memorial Stadium has resulted in Both Teams to Score. Both Bristol Rovers and Wigan Athletic are rolling at a 71% clip for this bet to come in and with score lines of 1-1, 1-2, 1-1, 4-1 and 1-3, you can see why I’ve put this leg into the piece.

Wigan themselves have scored in every game on their travels in league play, with the only time home or away that they’ve failed to find the back of the net being a game in which they were down to ten-men in the 21st minute. The stats suggest it is a good bet.

Stockport County and Wrexham are both at 75% for BTTS this season, which alone is a good enough reason to put them in this accumulator. The visitors have long been a fixture in this column but when you consider you have to go back to the opening day of the season to see Dave Challinor’s side failing to score. I don’t need to dwell on why this game being included for too long.

A couple of games in the National League South are next and that means for the first time this term, no games from the National League proper are included. No team in this division is now 100% for BTTS and whilst I fully expect plenty of games to be scored at that level on Saturday afternoon, none of the games stand out unlike the two here.

Hampton & Richmond are not a great side by any shakes of the imagination and they don’t score plenty, yet they have found the back of the net in four straight games. What has to be noted is that they have only played one game at home so far this campaign due to ground improvement works. That will certainly be affecting both their goal output and results.

Yeovil Town make the journey to west London in excellent form in front of goal, having scored no fewer than 13 times in their past 270 minutes of football. They have a five-game streak of BTTS going and I think both sides here to score at least the once.

It is a tough game for bottom-of-the-table Havant & Waterlooville as they travel west to take on promotion-chasing Taunton Town but the Hampshire club have been one of the best Both Teams to Score teams in this division despite propping up the table. They have seen the bet come in seven times from nine games and have only failed to do it once since the opening day (typically when I put them up in the column – doh!).

The home side are also a strong BTTS player with the Peacocks having found the back of the net every time they’ve taken to the pitch so far this season. They have kept just the three clean sheets to go along with that and whilst the home win looks a very strong play, I like the Hawks’ chances of giving their travelling supporters something to cheer about.

Lastly a brief trip north of the border where the last time we had a dip into Scottish League 1, we needed a 98th minute equaliser to seal the deal on a 15/1 winning BTTS column. This time I’m looking at two poor sides in Annan and Alloa who have both conceded at a clip of two per game so far this campaign and are scoring themselves at better than a goal a game.

The only team to stop Annan scoring so far in the league are top-of-the-table Falkirk whilst the visitors, despite having won just two games, have actually scored in every league game they’ve played where they’ve kept 11 men on the pitch. I like goals at the Galabank Stadium.

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