This weekend I'll be keeping things relatively simple with a 'both teams to score double' and it involves one game from Saturday and one from Sunday.
Chelsea v Manchester United
This is a mouthwatering game that I can't wait to watch. I saw a lot of Chelsea's victory over Tottenham last week and although Roberto Di Matteo's side are in red hot form going forward, their inability to stop teams scoring at the other end must be a worry if they're to make a sustained challenge for the Premier League title again.
Although Chelsea have kept clean sheets against Stoke and Newcaslte so far, Manchester United should pose enough of an attacking threat to worry Petr Cech and Co. A midweek Champions League trip to Ukraine showed how vulnerable the defence can be and a 2-1 defeat could have been worse on the night.
United for their part, are in a run of form where a bet like both teams to score seems to be made for them. Much like Chelsea, they held Newcastle in their recent meeting but watching them against Braga, Stoke and Cluj since their loss against Spurs has not shown me anything to suggest they'll be able to keep Chelsea at bay.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are both very capable in the final third although United will miss the presence of Shinji Kagawa should he be unable to play a part due to a knee injury picked up in midweek. I will not be risking my bankroll by predicting a winner in this game but it should see at least one goal at each end and a price of 4/7 (1.57), both teams to score seems a solid bet to start the double.
Millwall v Huddersfield
The statistics say it all about this game really. Millwall have scored and conceded in their last six Championship games, four of those have been score draws including a quite remarkable game where the Lions let a three-goal lead slip against Birmingham on Tuesday night.
On Saturday afternoon they host a Huddersfield side that harbour promotion ambitions under the leadership of Lee Clark. The loss of Jordan Rhodes has been somewhat offset by the arrival of on-loan pair James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford although four losses in their last five dented their progress up the table.
On the road Huddersfield have scored and conceded in four of their last five matches and a trip to the New Den is unlikely to change that trend. Millwall have notched 10 goals in their last five matches and Saturday's visitors have hit nine.
The game looks set for more goalmouth action at both ends and at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power it completes a weekend double which pays just under 6/4 (2.50) and I'll be putting £20 of my betting bankroll on it as my only bet.
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Balance at the start of the week: £503.25
Profit for the season: £3.25
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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