Knockout Tips for the Boxing Day Extravaganza

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Knockout Tips for the Boxing Day Extravaganza

James Capps

Christmas cheer was rife in the Cappa household thanks to a stoppage-time Brighton winner to seal my first acca of the season last weekend.

One place where such cheer is at a premium is the Casa de Pardew, where Alan lost his Crystal Palace job. Sam Allardyce’s Eagles travel to Vicerage Road to face a Watford side that have lost back-to-back league games. Palace are in the same boat, but were somewhat plucky in their recent single-goal defeats to Chelsea and Manchester United. Their record against the Hornets is encouraging too, with just a couple of defeats in their last 12 encounters with Watford. You can get 2/1 for Palace to extend that run to an unlucky 13. Tempting to say the least, especially with Big Sam around.

Mark Noble is doing his chances of still not getting in the England squad no harm thanks to winners in West Ham’s last two outings. He takes his side to face Swansea, who I’m laying so often that your mum is starting to get jealous. Brad Bobley’s side are leaky at the back, and West Ham are starting to find some form, especially against their relegation rivals. Get on the Hammers at 7/4 to continue their mini-revival, and Mr West Ham is 9/2 to continue his goalscoring form.

Mark Noble is hitting form at just the right time for West Ham. (Source: BBC Sport)
Mark Noble is hitting form at just the right time for West Ham. (Source: BBC Sport)

Leicester-Everton could be the game of the day at the King Power. The last seven games have produced 28 goals, including 3-1 and 3-2 wins for the Foxes last season. In a game that looks almost too close to call, Everton’s shoddy away form is the deciding factor for me. The Toffees have lost their last four on the road and have just one away clean sheet all season. A Leicester win plus both teams to score is my tip in this one, and you can get it at a very generous 15/4 with BoyleSports.

Chelsea may have won their last 11 games but you’ll be doing yourself a favour by giving them a massive swerve on Boxing Day. They’re a very short 2/5 to give Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are slightly late Christmas stuffing, but my advice is it’s probably not worth the hassle. Diego Costa and N’Golo Kanté are both suspended for the Cherries’ visit, which leaves a big hole in their side. Kante’s absence especially leaves the both to score door open, and 10/11 is as good as you’ll get for that sort of bet. Give it a chance.

Will Chelsea rue the absence of Costa and Kante against Bournemouth? (Source: Daily Express)
Will Chelsea rue the absence of Costa and Kante against Bournemouth? (Source: Daily Express)

Chelsea’s main title challengers should have easy rides in the title race this week. A £10 treble on Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool barely returns £20, which tells you all you need to know about the difficulty of their Boxing Day fixtures.

Burnley-Middlesbrough has plenty of nice odds flying around, and for that reason alone (I can’t think of any other reason to be interested in such a game), it’s well worth some attention. Boro’s form at Turf Moor is pretty decent against a side that are famed for a strong home record. Aitor Karanka’s side are unbeaten in their last four visits, which includes an impressive three clean sheets. They were fantastic in beating Swansea 3-0 at the Riverside last time out, so are rightly favourites at 31/20, and they’re creeping on to my acca.

My Tip of the Day is in the Championship this week, and you should be looking no further than Villa Park for a tidy home banker. Aston Villa entertain a Burton Albion side that are without an away win all season, and are starting to slide ever closer to the second tier’s relegation trap door. 4/6 for Villa is close enough to evens for me to be all over this like the last few pigs in blankets on Boxing Day.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Aston Villa at 4/6 to beat Burton Albion in the Championship.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on West Ham, Leicester, Newcastle and Leeds returns £338 with BoyleSports. Back it here!

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