Reading v Sheffield United catches the eye in weekend's both teams to score accumulator
There is an exciting weekend of football ahead, including action from the fourth round of the FA Cup and a host of fixtures from the football league. It should make for an enthralling weekend for punters and we've taken a look at some of the games that caught our eye for a goals galore accumulator bet. After pouring over the stats we've picked out four matches that we fancy both teams to score in. Our four-match accumulator returns a touch over 13/2, with a £10 bet with Bet365 returning a healthy £75.40.
Millwall v Aston Villa - Both teams to score @ odds of 4/6 with Bet365
The weekend can get off to a flier with this FA Cup fourth round match from The New Den on Friday night. Championship outfit Millwall take on Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in a match that looks ripe for an upset - if you can call it that! Villa have shown they are no strangers to shock defeats after they failed to get the better of League Two Bradford over two legs in the Capital One Cup recently and Paul Lambert's side are really creaking now.
The Midlands club are 17th in the league and their defence is the worst in the top-flight having conceded 44 goals. They remain suspect from set pieces so expect Millwall to bombard them with high balls and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Championship side score at least once against a Villa side that will be woefully short of confidence. Villa can grab a goal themselves after their last six away games yielded 29 goals in all competitions and the 4/6 for both teams to score with B365 looks a decent bet.
Millwall at home: On average scoring 1.43 and conceding 1.23 goals
Aston Villa away: On average scoring 0.73 goals and conceding 1.45 goals
Reading v Sheffield United - Both teams to score @ odds of 8/11 with Bet365
We remain with the fourth round of the FA Cup for our next match as Premier League Reading welcome League One side Sheffield United to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday. Brian McDermott's side have picked up some creditable results to boost their survival hopes in the top-flight lately and there has been no shortage of goals as their last three outings have produced 12 goals.
They boast a real attacking threat and are more than capable of scoring against a Sheffield United side that had been defensively sound on the road until recently. The Blades have hit a rough patch after failing to win their last four in the league but they will be right up for this and can take advantage of a Reading defence that have conceded 43 league goals this term.
Reading at home: On average scoring 1.64 and conceding 1.91 goals
Sheffield United away: On average scoring 1.14 goals and conceding 0.79 goals
Nottingham Forest v Watford - Both teams to score @ odds of 4/7 with Bet365
Our attention turns to the football league next and the Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Watford catches the eye. Forest are still struggling to get to grips with life under Alex McLeish after the shock dismissal of Sean O'Driscoll, although they did earn a creditable 1-1 draw with Derby last weekend.
Forest, who are ninth, will see sixth-place Watford as a real threat to their play-off hopes and Gianfranco Zola's men have been full of goals this season. They have conceded at least one goal in all of their away league games, although they have scored in 92% of matches on their travels too. They have scored at least one in each of their last 12 matches home and away, while 70% of matches have gone over 2.5 and they will no doubt look to entertain again this weekend, with Bet365.com going 4/7 for both teams to score.
Nottingham Forest at home: On average scoring 1.50 and conceding 1.14 goals
Watford away: On average scoring 2.23 goals and conceding 1.69 goals
Carlisle v Scunthorpe- Both teams to score @ odds of 4/6 with Bet365.
Our final selection comes from League One on Saturday as Carlisle take on Scunthorpe in a match that could have significant implications for the lower reaches of the table. Carlisle would be all but safe with a win but Scunthorpe are in real trouble as they sit just a place and two points above the relegation zone.
Scunny will take heart from the fact that they have earned 68% of their points away from home this term but they remain defensively suspect as they have conceded at least one goal in 93% of away games. Carlisle have also struggled at the back as they have conceded at least one goal in 79% of home games, so this could be an entertaining fixture, particularly with Carlisle's last nine home games yielding a total of 34 goals.
Carlisle at home: On average scoring 1.43 and conceding 2.07 goals
Scunthorpe away: On average scoring 1.07 goals and conceding 1.57 goals
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