Goal Rush: 5th August

Goal Rush: 5th August

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The Football League returns to our Goal Rush competition, with the English Championship and League One and Two all featuring on this weekend’s coupon.  We’ve sifted through the fixtures and picked out five matches that look good for both teams scoring and five where there’s less chance they’ll both find the net.

Who’s Hot:

3 - Fulham v Norwich

League encounters between these two last season finished in a 2-2 draw at Fulham before the Cottagers had a 3-1 win visiting Norwich.

Fulham’s last four friendly matches finished in a 2-2 draw with Czech side Zlin, a 2-1 defeat to West Ham, a 2-2 draw with Darmstadt 98 and a 3-0 loss to Wolfsburg.

Norwich have scored in all nine of their pre-season friendlies, eight of which came on the road.  They drew the most recent 1-1 hosting Brighton last weekend.

5 - Preston North End v Sheff Wed

Seven of their last ten league meetings have contained goals from both teams.  Championship meetings last season finished in a 2-1 home win for Sheff Wed and a 1-1 draw at Preston.

Preston’s last three pre-season friendlies were a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, a 2-1 defeat from Burnley and a 5-1 win over Fleetwood in the latest.

Sheffield Wednesday have scored in all but one of their last six on the road and have leaked goals in three of those games.

6 - QPR v Reading

Seven of their last ten meetings had both teams score, including two club friendlies last month which Reading won 2-1 and 5-2.

QPR have lost five of their six pre-season friendlies but only failed to score in one of those games.

Reading’s last match was a 3-2 defeat hosting Dutch side Vitesse last weekend.

7 - Sheff Utd v Brentford

The teams haven’t met since the 2013-2014 season where in League One Brentford had a 3-1 win at home before they drew 0-0 in the reverse.

Last season’s League One winners Sheffield Utd have won all six pre-season friendlies, there were goals from both teams in the last four.

Brentford are unbeaten in their six pre-season friendlies with four wins and two draws.  Both teams scored in all of those matches and there were four or more goals in four of the games.

23 - Chesterfield v Grimsby

Seven of their last eight meetings had both teams score. The most recent were League Two clashes in the 2009-2010 season, Chesterfield won 3-2 at home and they drew the reverse 2-2.

Chesterfield have followed defeats of 2-1 and 3-1 from Sheffield Utd and Rotherham with a 4-0 victory over Doncaster in their last match.

Grimsby had wins on the road of 11-1 and 7-1 against non-league sides Grimsby Borough and Tavistock last month. They drew their latest 1-1 with Wigan.


Who’s Not:

9 - Bradford C v Blackpool

They last met in League One in the 2015-2016 season and Bradford won both fixtures 1-0.

Bradford have failed to score in two of their last three home games, most recently losing 4-0 to Newcastle in a friendly last month.

Blackpool have kept a clean sheet in their last two matches, winning 3-0 visiting Chorley and 2-0 at Macclesfield Town.

14 - Milton K Dons v Wigan A

They last met in the FA Cup in 2014 where Wigan won 3-1 in extra time.

MK Dons have failed to score in three of their last five matches, most recently drawing 0-0 in a friendly with Leicester last Friday.

Wigan were the joint lowest goal scorers in the Championship last season.  Their last match finished in a 1-1 draw with Grimsby last weekend.

17 - Portsmouth v Rochdale

Their only other meeting was in League Two in the 2013-2014 season where they each had a 3-0 home win.

Portsmouth had the best defensive record in League Two last season and conceded just nineteen goals on their home turf.

Rochdale drew a blank in friendlies with Halifax and Barnsley last month. They won the latest 1-0 against Morecambe.

30 - Morecambe v Cheltenham

Only three of their eight league encounters since 2012 had goals from both teams.

Morecambe lost all four of their pre-season friendlies and netted just two goals in the process.

Cheltenham were beaten 3-0 by Bristol City and 5-1 by Peterborough in their last two matches.

35 - Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

Kilmarnock have won four of their last five meetings with St Johnstone and kept a clean sheet.

Kilmarnock have kept a clean sheet in their last two games, beating Annan 2-0 and Dumbarton 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup.

Five of St Johnstone’s last six matches had just one side score.  They beat Hartlepool 1-0 in the latest.


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