Those clever blighters Juventus and Real Madrid scored 2 each on Tuesday, including one each from Bale and Ronaldo but apart from that it was the Single Goal Gang as Copenhagen beat Galatasaray 1-0; Arsenal won at Dortmund by the same score and Celtic still couldn’t score away as they fell at Ajax. 4/6 or 5/8.
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday Saturday 3.00pm
Derby have had just 1 game with a 0 in it in the past 10 games while Wednesday have only had 1 in the whole of the league this season (yes, I know this is setting it up for a 0-0 bore draw). The Derby McClaren Great Leap Forward took a step back in the last 2 games with a draw against Brum and a loss to QPR but they still scored in both of them. Dave Jones’s Wednesday thumped Reading last week and shared 7 goals between them. Jamie Ward for County, Fryatt and Wickham for Wednesday.
Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin Saturday 2.30pm
Do you know the last time Hoffenheim had a Bundesliga match where one team didn’t score or concede? April, that’s when. For Hertha, it’s a bit more recent in that they didn’t score against Schalke last week, but this is the team that put 2 past top-of-the-table Bayern Munich recently and beat Munchengladbach the week before. Hoffenheim also scored against Munich in their last game. So there are goals in this here match. Roberto Firmino is popular in front of goal at the moment for Hoffenheim, Adrian Ramos for Hertha.
Mainz v Eintracht Frankfurt Sunday 2.30pm
They like their goals in Germany. Well, more so than in France, anyway. Neither of these 2 teams win much (Mainz beat Braunschweig a few games ago, but that’s it for either of them in the past 6 weeks) but they do like to score. Out of the 7 goals that Frankfurt have scored in their past 5 games, only 1 player has scored more than 1 and it’s the same statistic for Mainz. So even though neither has a recognisable and prolific striker, they’re both averaging over a goal a game.
And if you want to make it four… Bayern Munich v Augsburg Saturday 2.30pm