4 To Score: The picks that could bag you £25k this weekend
Our writers give you the best possible chance in our free-to-play prediction game with their top tips for the first team to score in each division.
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Here are our writers' predictions for each division...
Top pick: Chelsea
Chelsea have scored in the first 30 minutes on six occasions this season, with four of those goals coming away from home.
The Blues were 4 To Score winners on 23 September when they netted in the second minute against Stoke, and are the best bet again this weekend against a West Brom side that have no wins in nine in the Premier League.
The Baggies have conceded five goals in their last two home matches, and let one in after just 10 minutes against Manchester City last time they played at the Hawthorns.
Honourable mentions: Manchester City, Southampton
City are – as ever – a safe bet, given that they’ve scored eight goals more than any other team in the league and now face a Leicester side that should give them a relatively open game.
Southampton are one of just two teams in the league to have scored two goals inside 15 minutes this season, and are a sneakily good choice against Liverpool, who have conceded the league’s most first-half goals this term.
Top pick: Hull City
After correctly foreseeing an early Carlisle goal in League Two last week, I’m looking to replicate my skills in the Championship.
Despite sitting 20th, Hull are the division’s second-highest goalscorers, netting 21 goals in eight home matches this season.
Ipswich have conceded inside the first 15 minutes of four of their seven league away games so far, and are a good shout to do so again.
Honourable mentions: Bristol City, Millwall
Bristol City have scored inside the first half hour of their last three away matches, and go to Sheffield Wednesday, who have kept just one home clean sheet this term.
Millwall, meanwhile, can take advantage of crisis club Sunderland.
Top pick: Rochdale
Last week added weight to the theory that early goals tend to come in matches involving two middling-to-bottom sides.
That’s certainly the case with Oldham and Rochdale, who are no strangers to open starts having been involved in three of the last four fastest goals in the division between them.
The Latics were also 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes of their most recent home game, and have now conceded more in that period than any other team in the division, so I’ll plump for Dale.
Honourable mentions: Charlton, Plymouth
Charlton are unbeaten in seven league matches and have taken the lead inside 20 minutes of four of them, so they’re a solid shout to net early against an MK Dons team that have already conceded the division’s first goal a whopping five times this season.
Struggling Oxford conceded first last week while a much-improved Plymouth – who have taken points off three of the top seven during a five-match unbeaten run – scored first the time before that, so this one also adds up.
Top pick: Port Vale
As in League One, last week’s 4 To Score winner came from a match between two of the division’s unspectacular sides. So that’s where I’m looking this time.
Port Vale have won five of their last seven under new manager Neil Aspin and have scored four goals in the opening 20 minutes in that run.
They host out-of-form Barnet, who are without a win in 13 and have kept just one clean sheet in 19.
Honourable mentions: Luton, Forest Green
Luton are the top scorers in the Football League with 36 goals and have won 7-1 and 4-1 in their last seven matches.
Forest Green have picked up after a dreadful start and have now won four out of six.
They are at home to Crewe, who have lost seven away games on the spin and have conceded the first goal four times already this season.