Degsy is backing Newcastle to snatch a draw against Arsenal, meaning Spurs can secure Champions League football with a win against Sunderland...
Degsy is backing Robin van Persie to bag a goal in a United win against Swansea, while he also thinks Wigan will be on the receiving end of a paddlin' in the FA Cup final...
Arsenal v West Brom
It's two defeats inside a calendar week for the Gunners so only a legit crazy person (by this I mean someone on ESA and high-rate DLA for their nutsness) would consider backing them at 1/2 here. In fact the Arse have not won in the league since icing bitter rivals Tottenham 5-2 way back on November 17. Granted the Baggies have lost their way a bit themselves in recent weeks, but I still reckon they look a punt on the handicaps.
Betting: West Brom (+1) at 13/8 (Sky Bet)
Aston Villa v Stoke City
Stoke have won five of their last six league matches and would represent a punt for me this weekend at odds bigger than 2/1 but for the fact that Charlie Adam misses out through suspension. Villa for their part are still toiling and sit just two points about the bottom three. It might not be one for the purists this and given what we know about the sides I certainly wouldn't like to be laying 0-0 on the exchanges.
Betting: 'No Goalscorer' at 17/2 (Stan James)
Southampton v Reading
The Chancellor of the Exchequer keeps piping up about 'austerity', yet I honestly believe 'extreme couponing' might be the best way out of this recession. And with this in mind I am hoping a wedge on the Saints winning this 4-2 on Saturday will help me to box off Christmas in fine style. And anyone who saw Reading's defensive display against Manchester United last Saturday will know this bet is not without a chance.
Betting: Southampton to beat Reading 4-2 at 66/1 (Stan James)
Sunderland v Chelsea
Chelsea may well be the first club ever to win the Champions League and fail to make the knockout stages of the competition the following season, but Sunderland are absolute dog sh*te. With this in mind I implore everyone reading this to show some balls, splash on some Brut, get out there and charge headfirst into 5/6 quotes about the away win on Wearside.
Betting: Chelsea to beat Sunderland at 5/6 (Coral)
Swansea v Norwich
Michael Laudrup has apparently slapped a £30million price tag on Michu to ward off any interest in the transfer window. The Iberian has bagged 10 goals in 15 games since arriving at the Liberty Stadium and looks a sensational bit of business by the Swans at £2million. He's 11/2 to score first this weekend and at that price I'd rather be a backer than a layer.
Betting: Michu to score first at 11/2 (bet365)
Wigan v QPR
It's fair to say that should QPR, cast adrift already at the bottom of the league with just six points, lose this then they can almost certainly look forward to trips to Burnley and Barnsley next season. Harry Redknapp is unbeaten since taking over but it's D-Day at the DW Stadium, and old stretchy face knows a win over the Latics could galvanise his troops. Wigan have lost their last two, so 11/5 about an away win here looks decent enough.
Betting QPR to beat Wigan at 11/5 (Betfred)
Manchester City v Manchester United
Top two tussle in titanic title decider? What's not to like? One thing is for sure, I'll be staying well away from Twitter on Sunday. Indeed I'd rather eat my own eyeballs (after they had been rubbed in my own poo) than witness Piers Morgan, Jamie Oliver and other 'celebs' giving it large about the 'footy' on said social networking site. In terms of picking a winner here I reckon on current form Fergie's mob might be the value bet. If they can sort their sh*t out defensively I feel they have the talent up top to hurt the champions. And after much deliberation, I'll be mostly backing the Wayne Rooney/Manchester United score win double.
Betting: Rooney to score and Man Utd to win at 6/1 (Betfred)
Everton v Tottenham
Should be a good game this between two teams who like to have a go. If the season ended this weekend the boy Fellaini would surely be crowned Player of the Year. He is 7/1 to score first here and won't be without his backers on Sunday. I am going to have a speculative ten spot on Leighton Baines scoring first. The Toffees defender of course doubles up as their penalty taker so 16/1 quotes look more than acceptable.
Betting: Baines to score first at 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
West Ham v Liverpool
The Reds got the win they needed in Udinese in the week to make the cut for the Europa League, and having backed them to win in Italy I don't mind admitting I reckon Liverpool are the pig's tits just now. Never mind their poor record this season. Never mind their worrying reliance on Luis Suarez, me and the Reds are on a roll and I am happy to spin up my winnings from Thursday night (a princely £80) on them winning this at Upton Park.
Betting: Liverpool to beat West Ham at 6/4 (Blue Sq)