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Get Set For Goals In St-Etienne And Sunderland But Not Udine

October 24, 2013

Zlatan Expected To Score Goals For PSGThe best ways to profit from football betting on Sunday 27 October 2013 have nothing to do with the actual result of matches, with the top picks relating to scoring statistics.

Paris Saint-Germain travels to Saint-Etienne for its 11th French Ligue Un game of the season off the back of a truly marvellous team performance against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a 20-minute hat-trick and ended up with four of his team’s five unanswered goals. Paris Saint-Germain has scored in every one of its 15 matches across all competitions this term and the partnership between Edinson Cavani and Ibrahimovic is coming together very nicely indeed.

Saint-Etienne may not have the class of Paris Saint-Germain – only Monaco is going to prevent PSG winning the French Ligue Un title – but it does know how to both score and concede goals. Saint-Etienne has both scored and conceded goals in each of its last seven French Ligue Un games since bowing out of the UEFA Europa League to Denmark’s Esbjerg.

Both teams to score in the French Ligue Un clash between Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain is available at odds of 1.91 with William Hill, while over two and a half goals is trading at odds of 2.00 with Stan James. Both teams to score is probably the better play.

The north-east of England comes to a standstill whenever Sunderland and Newcastle meet on a football pitch and the English Premier League derby between the Mackems and the Tackems is sure to be emotion charged with the home side desperate to secure its first English Premier League win of the season. It may only be Sunderland’s ninth match of the championship but the Black Cats need three points badly or they are going to be as good as down before Christmas.

Sunderland and Newcastle are towards the top of the English Premier League goals-per-game chart, with matches featuring the rivals averaging 3.13 goals. Six of Sunderland’s eight top-flight games have gone over two and a half goals and Newcastle has the exact same statistic so one should be looking at the same markets as the aforementioned pick.

Both teams to score in the English Premier League argument over local honours between Sunderland and Newcastle is available at odds of 1.75 with Ladbrokes, with the Magic Sign quoting over two and a half goals at odds of 1.95.

Sunderland has not managed an English Premier League clean sheet this term and Newcastle has kept only one, with both teams finding the back of the net in each of the Toon Army’s last five matches. Both teams to score looks worth a punt.

While there is likely to be goals in Saint-Etienne and Sunderland, they may be few and far between in Udine when Roma puts its 100 per cent Italian Serie A record on the line versus Udinese. Roma has conceded only one goal in its eight Italian Serie A victories, while Udinese’s top-flight games have been the least action packed featuring only 18 goals in total. One would have to think that Roma will be feeling the pressure of being perfect so far this term and that, eventually, the weight of expectation coupled with the fear of experiencing defeat will impact on its performances.

One can back under two and a half goals in the Italian Serie A scrap between Udinese’s grinders and Roma’s entertainers at odds of 1.95 with Bwin. Alternatively, one can bet on at least one of the sides keeping a clean sheet, an option that is trading at odds of 2.25 with Paddy Power. One’s preference is for backing under two and a half goals.

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Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

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Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.