Going for Goals!

  • By: Dave John, Chris Hammer and Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: February 22 2013, 0:28 GMT

Our Going For Goals team are back with a both-teams-to-score treble covering the English leagues.

Arsenal could struggle to keep it tight at the back against Villa
Arsenal could struggle to keep it tight at the back against Villa

Arsenal v Aston Villa (DJ)

Arsenal are desperate to get back to winnings ways after a shock FA Cup exit to Blackburn was followed by a crushing 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie - but on Saturday they host an Aston Villa side who may just have turned the corner.

Paul Lambert's side were within moments of an impressive away win at Everton at the start of the month but put that disappointment behind them with a 2-1 victory over West Ham last time out.

Villa's last six games in all competitions have featured goals at both ends and we expect them to take advantage of Arsenal's current frailty at the back.

Charlton v Nottingham Forest (CH)

Nottingham Forest head to Charlton with renewed hope of closing the gap on the play-off places after last weekend's thumping 6-1 victory over struggling Huddersfield so they should at least be confident of finding the net again.

A poor run of three defeats and two draws before then - in which they conceded nine goals and kept no clean sheet - highlights their fragility at the back and that's why I also think Charlton can strike at the other end.

The Addicks are not completely out of the play-off race yet and come into this clash on the back of an impressive 2-1 victory at Leicester.

Barnet v Rochdale (NH)

Barnet gave their survival bid a boost with a 2-1 victory at York last weekend and now they are sitting outside the relegation zone.

This gives the Bees another chance to secure three points and I reckon there could be a few goals on the menu.

Rochdale sit in mid-table and have been Going For Goals winners in three of their previous four matches. They could do so again here.

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