It’s the penultimate weekend before Christmas, which means the bookies are relying on us to fund their Christmas piss ups. Here’s to being a massive spoil sport; I’m feeling lucky…
The latest round of fixtures begin at Vicarage Road, where Watford host Everton, and the lads at Ladbrokes and BoyleSports have offered up an early Christmas present in the form of 7/5 for a Toffees away win. Ronald Koeman’s side have lost just once in 21 encounters with the Hornets, with that defeat coming 29 years ago. The last two ties have ended in score draws, but don’t let that put you off backing the away win here.
There’s a Burnley-shaped carrot dangling in front of our noses in their 3 o’clock kick off at home to Bournemouth. 12/5 is your price for a Clarets side that have done well at home against sides outside the top four. They’ve beaten Watford, Palace and Everton at Turf Moor, who all have better away records than the Cherries this season. Andre Gray is due a goal, too, so back his wincast at 4/1 if you’re feeling lucky.
Speaking of carrots, David Moyes is ginger. In other news, he’s taking Sunderland to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea side that are looking leaky at the back, and as blunt up front as the WantMyBet boys looked when they hooked up with the World’s No.1 striker coach this week…
There’s not a huge deal between the two teams. But the main advantage Sunderland have is they happen to employ Jermain Defoe, while their opponents, well, don’t. A Defoe wincast is 7/2, but the Sunderland win is big enough to take a chance on, at 13/5.
At The Emirates, Arsenal face Stoke, and the Potters have failed to score against the Gunners in four of the last five meetings. BoyleSports are offering better than even money for the away side to draw another blank.
The evening kick off sees the game of the day between Leicester and Man City. Leicester carried their naff Premier League form into the Champions League with a 5-0 thrashing by Porto on Wednesday. City, meanwhile, have won three on the spin on the road, and 8/11 for another three points is probably the way to go. The Foxes are rarely shut out on their home patch, mind you, so 7/10 for both teams to score might be a better option. If you’ve had a few pints by 5:30pm, go crazy and back the City win with both teams scoring, at 9/4.
Chelsea kick off Sunday’s proceedings with a home game against an in-form West Brom side. Apart from that fact that Chelsea are miles better than the Baggies (and everyone else at the minute), history is firmly against Tony Pulis’ side. They haven’t won a league encounter at Stamford Bridge since 1978, and only have one clean sheet in eight against the Blues. 1/4 for the home win does nothing to tempt me, but Diego Costa to score first at 11/4 is much more to my liking.
United v Spurs should be Sunday’s pre-Crimbo cracker. Both sides enter the game following decent results in Europe, but United’s return from a Europa League tie in Ukraine may well take its toll. Spurs have won twice at Old Trafford in their last four visits, which followed a dreadful run that saw them fail to beat United home or away in 26 games. Both teams to score looks decent at 5/6, but my tip here is Spurs to win either half, at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
We finish off at Anfield for Liverpool against West Ham, in a game which can only be described as “kicking off at 4:30pm on Sunday”. It’s another one of those games which promises a lot in the goals department. West Ham have scored in their last five games, which would be great news if they could keep clean sheets. But they can’t – just two this season – and none in their last five. Liverpool also love a goal – scoring 19 of them at home this season – a league high. Both to score HAS to be the way to go in this one. You can get 8/11 for that with Ladbrokes.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Everton to beat Watford at 7/5.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Everton, Burnley, Juventus and Inter Milan returns a huge £267 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!
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