Back Pep to give Wenger the Christmas (Sky) Blues

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Back Pep to give Wenger the Christmas (Sky) Blues

James Capps


The last Pre-Christmas Premier League matchday is here, and last weekend’s Cappa Acca proves that I’m probably on Santa’s naughty list this year. If you’re in my boat, I’ve got a few gems that will ensure you won’t give a toss by Boxing Day. Promise.

We kick things off with a London derby at Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace host runaway leaders Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime. Recent history suggests both teams to score is a good place to start. In the last six games, both to score “yes” and “no” has taken turns – and the last encounter between the two saw a 3-0 Chelsea win, meaning a goal glut is surely on the cards. Early kick offs usually bring goals too, with both teams scoring in the last five Saturday lunchtime games. 8/11 is a great price to get your acca going.

Palace were unlucky in defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night. (Source: BBC Sport)

You’ll soon regret that heated argument with the missus for the Saturday afternoon sofa when you realise Stoke v Leicester is the pick of the 3 o’clock kick offs. Leicester have the worst away form in the division, and the Foxes are surely going to put their eggs in the Champions League basket this season. Stoke meanwhile have three clean sheets in their last four, so are in a good position to take advantage of the champions’ travel sickness. Take a punt on the potters at 8/5 with Ladbrokes.

Elsewhere in the 3 o’clocks, expect Middlesbrough to get back to winning ways against a Swansea side that struggle on their travels under Bob Bradley. They’re winless on the road under the American, and have conceded 16 goals in their last four trips away from the Liberty Stadium. 11/10 is your price for a fairly sturdy Boro side to take the spoils here. 

It’s 6th versus 7th in the Saturday evening game that pits in-form West Brom against, err, in-form Man United. The sides have had just one defeat between them in 14 Premier League games so a smart move could be the draw at 11/4. Baggies striker Salomon Rondon bagged a hat trick of headers in their midweek victory over Swansea, and he’s almost 3/1 to score at least once against United. Well worth a tenner for the evening drinks fund, surely?

Salomon Rondon is now only the second player to score a hat trick of headers in the Premier League. (Source: BBC Sport)

Arsenal have the chance to knock Pep Guardiola off his Man City horse in the title race on Sunday when they head to the Etihad. City have struggled in recent fixtures against the Gunners: they’re winless in six against Arsene Wenger’s side, and their victory over Watford on Wednesday saw only their second clean sheet in ten games. Expect goals in this one. Man City to finally get their act together and win with both teams scoring is an enticing 13/5, but my tip in this one has to be City to score in both halves at 9/5 with BoyleSports. You don’t become a bad side overnight, and Arsenal are just heading into their annual New Year’s capitulation.

We’re going to drop down into the Championship for my tip of the day this week. Derby County have won seven games in a row, whilst also keeping five consecutive clean sheets. They were 1-0 winners over QPR in midweek, and they will remain in west London for a weekend trip to a Fulham side with just one clean sheet in five. Fancy the Rams at 11/5 to make it eight in a row?

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Derby County at 11/5 to beat Fulham in the Championship.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Chelsea, Sunderland, Man United and Brighton returns a lovely £146 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!

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