Time for the
biggest night most overhyped night of the year. You spend too much on taxis that have bumped up fares, to get you to nightclubs with bumped up entry fees to a bar with bumped up drink prices…
It’s a lot of promise followed by eventual disappointment. Sounds like a Saturday afternoon trip to the bookies. Well, unless you’re this lad. Absolute tekkers.
New Year’s Eve is the time to reflect on a year that has seen the end of a fairytale Leicester City season, followed by the beginning of a pretty shit Leicester City season. Their tame title defence continues on Saturday against a West Ham side that are having a welcome end-of-year surge up the table. I’m a man who likes to back form, and it’s hard to see past the Hammers in this one. They’ve won their last three, while Leicester have lost four of their last six, and have kept just one clean sheet since the start of November. Goals aren’t a problem for either side, so take a chance on West Ham to win with both teams scoring at a monster price of 11/2 with Ladbrokes. The away side to win either half at 5/4 is also well worth a few quid.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to see more of the world, don’t include a trip to Turf Moor in your itinerary. While the Lancashire market town shouldn’t be your first stop in search of beauty, it’s a pretty sweet destination for decent odds. This weekend is no different when they host Sunderland. Not many things are stronger than Burnley’s home form, but the Black Cats’ record there certainly is. They’ve lost just once at Turf Moor in 43 years, and have only failed to score once in the last 22 years against the Clarets. Back goals in this one. If Sunderland are scoring, you know Jermain Defoe is. He’s a huge 9/5 to score at anytime, and his side are 9/4 to drag Burnley into the relegation dogfight.
Don’t worry, boys and girls, I haven’t forgotten about Liverpool-Man City. It’s a classic ploy to get you read all the way to the end of the blog. Stay with me…
Man United and Chelsea should have fairly routine victories to get them in the party spirit ahead of the big night. But at odds of 1/4 for the pair of them, don’t count on them boost your pre-midnight taxi kitty by much.
Swansea and Bournemouth met on New Year’s weekend 30 years ago. It ended in a 1-1 draw and I’d forgive you for backing likewise again on Saturday. The Cherries have only won once on the road all season, while their hosts have only tasted success twice at the Liberty Stadium in that time. They have, however, given Bob Bradley the boot, which could give them a boost in the right direction, so at least back a draw that both sides would be happy with.
Our last pre-Anfield stop is St. Mary’s for Southampton v West Brom, and if a “Both Teams to Score” acca is more your thing, then this isn’t the game for you. At least one side has failed to find the back of the net in each of the last eight meetings between the two, going back over eight years. 8/11 for that to happen again looks like solid enough.
It may be the day to leave woes of year behind, but a poor result for either Liverpool or Man City in the evening game could lead to a hangover that goes well into the New Year. Both sides have won their last three games, and one more victory could dump their counterpart out of the title race. Everything points to goals here. Both sides have struggled recently for clean sheets, and both sides have scored in nine of the last ten meetings.
Now we’ve worked out a goal glut is the way to go, it’s time to decide who’s going to emerge victorious and give us reason to smile as we wave goodbye to 2016. As a closet Man United fan, my heart says draw, but my head tells me that Philippe Coutinho’s absence could swing the game in City’s favour. City plus both teams to score is 15/4, while Capps to lunge in for a desperate midnight kiss with Nottingham’s finest is 1/10. Happy New Year.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: West Ham at 5/4 to win either half against Leicester.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Sunderland, Man City, Huddersfield and Norwich returns a cracking £438 with BoyleSports. Back it here!
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