Lumping on the Mariniers and backing goals in the Premier League

It’s weekend tips time and, in a break from the norm, we’re heading straight for the Blue Square Premier to take advantage of one of the morning’s trending bets.

Lumping on the Mariniers and backing goals in the Premier League

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November 25th, 2011

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Kettering Town are a club in crisis, with five players leaving the club yesterday and severe doubts over whether the Poppies can actually field a team at all. Financial problems have meant that the players have only been paid a percentage of their November pay packets and the entire squad is currently on the transfer list.

And all of this for a club that has just one win in the last six – that coming BlueSQ South side Sutton United in the FA Cup.

Bets have flooded in on a Grimsby victory over the past 24 hours, with BlueSQ, Paddy Power and 888Sport all closing the book on the match, whilst the Mariners have been cut from 6/4 when the market opened to a best of just 7/10 with Boylesports.

Grimsby, whilst being a historically inconsistent side themselves, are unbeaten in the last five (their last outing being a FA Cup replay success against Port Vale) and expect that 7/10 to keep tumbling throughout the day.

So with that matched covered, let’s go back to the usual stuff and the actual Premier League, where we’re expecting goals, goals and goals.

We’re opening up the ‘both to score’ coupon and adding Stoke v Blackburn, Norwich v QPR and Bolton v Everton all into the mix, looking to take advantage of some slap-dash defending from those six.

If we take the last six matches of each of those sides, we can find just two clean sheets within those 36 games. One of those was earned by Bolton in a 5-0 success over Stoke whilst the other was claimed by QPR in their 1-0 win over Chelsea.

Blackburn have scored 12 goals and conceded 13 goals in the last six whilst their opponents, Stoke, have conceded 16 and scored seven, so there are definitely goals in this clash. We’re slightly tempted to back Blackburn at 7/2 although we’re sticking with our ‘both to score’ pick.

At Carrow Road, Norwich’s only blank in their last six was their 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford whilst QPR, who have impressed on the road, have seen four or more goals in their last three outings.

Bolton have the worst defence in the top flight this season, having conceded 29 times, as they face Everton at the Reebok but they can score (Stoke will testify to that) so that match makes up our Premier League treble.

Our Picks:

Kettering Town vs Grimsby Town: Grimsby – 7/10 (Boylesports)

Both Teams to score: Stoke v Blackburn, Bolton v Everton and Norwich v QPR – Treble at 5.3 (BlueSQ)

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