The new football season gets underway and teams up and down the country will be wanting to get off on the right foot. Goals will hopefully rain down in the opening fixtures as we take a look at those fixtures in which both sides are likely to find the net.
Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Not the obvious first choice, but I think Bournemouth are likely to play in a fairly open style and will be desperate to score on their Premier League debut. Villa meanwhile have a number of new players bedding in and Scott Sinclair has looked sharp in pre-season. Jordan Ayew will be hoping to fill the big boots of Benteke and despite running away with the Championship last season, Bournemouth conceded a fair few along the way.
Blackburn v Wolves
It could be a season of struggle for Blackburn, they’ve had to cost cut and if Jordan Rhodes leaves, it will leave them light up front. They’ve signed Nathan Delfounso to replace Rudy Gestede, but he is a poor alternative, he lacks composure in front of goal and regularly missed from yards out playing for relegated Blackpool last season. But saying that, Rhodes Is still at the club and he is always dangerous. They score goals from midfield whilst Ben Marshall is always a threat from set pieces. Wolves scored hat fulls last season, Nouah Dicko and Benik Afobe are always going to score goals and both teams should find a way past one another here.
Rochdale v Peterborough
There was a time when you could always rely on Peterborough to both score and concede. Not so much, last season as they were generally poorer and struggled in the final third. But I think they can score at Spotland against a Rochdale side who haven’t strengthened much over the summer. Keith Hill’s men still boast Ian Henderson in their ranks and he is always good for a goal or two. I think this could end up a score draw.
Mansfield v Carlisle
Mansfield are many people’s idea of relegation fodder this season in League Two. They have signed Craig Westcarr and Matt Green though, so if nothing else, they will score goals. Carlisle have a largely new defence and whilst they should have a better season this time around, I wouldn’t bank on them keeping a clean sheet here. They do possess Charlie Wyke who had a scoring ratio of 1 in 2 last season and an even better ratio when playing for Hartlepool in this division.
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