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...
Wigan v Arsenal
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has blamed injuries for the fact that the Latics have slipped into the bottom three. I say it's more to do with them being a bit sh*t. They have lost five of their last seven Premier League matches and that makes Arsenal, who looked great against Reading on Monday, a bet here at a shade under evens.
Betting: Arsenal to beat Wigan at 3/4 (Betfred/Hills)
Manchester City v Reading
The Citizens look banker home win material here but go off no better than 1/6. If you, like me, have not really kicked on with your Christmas shopping yet, the temptation is to stick all of your money on the home win in this one. Granted you would be cutting it fine to get the prezzies in, but the upside of it all means you would boost the coffers and definitely be able to buy that Michael Buble Christmas album your other half has been mithering you about without suffering the indignity of using your own money. For the record I reckon this will be a stroll for Mancini's mob, and with Reading leaking goals I also feel Citeh on the handicap looks a bet.
Betting: Manchester City (-2) to beat Reading at evens (Boylesports)
Newcastle United v QPR
'Arry Redders finally guided the Rs to their first PL win of the season last week, and with Newcastle seemingly in freefall it seems every man and his dog are grabbing a piece of the away win action here at 11/4. However, I didn't become Hartlepool's most flamboyant betting tipster by following crowds. In the words of the song 'We don't follow no crowds, They follow us' and with this in mind all you shrewdies should follow me in backing the Gabriel Obertan/Newcastle score/win double.
Betting: Obertan to score - Newcastle to win at 13/2 (Betfred)
Southampton v Sunderland
I absolutely love Christmas me. Last year I got one of them Dyson ball cleaners. Alas I misjudged what it was, which is why I spent most of Boxing Day in A&E. Er, home win.
Betting: Southampton to win to nil at 13/5 (Coral)
Tottenham v Stoke City
Spurs will be fancied here at 4/6 but don't sleep on the Stokies, who are in the top half of the table on merit. Well drilled, physical and with a manager who loves a baseball cap regardless of the occasion. All things considered, I reckon odds against about both teams scoring at White Hart Lane looks a play.
Betting: BTTS at 11/10 (Coral)
West Brom v Norwich City
As high as third in November, the Baggies have gone into freefall faster than your average stogie-chomping, tracksuit wearing TV presenter in recent weeks. They have managed to claim just one point from a possible 12 and have failed to score in their past three PL matches. In stark contrast, Norwich are flying (unbeaten in 10) so I cannot for the life of me fathom how the Canaries are 3/1 here. This might just be the time to splash on some Brut though, get out there and put the Camel Coats firmly in their place.
Betting: Norwich to beat West Brom at 3/1 (Betfred/bet365)
West Ham v Everton
The strength of Everton's squad will be severely tested this Christmas with no less than four games in 10 days. The boy Fellaini is of course suspended and this looks a tough gig without their big-haired talisman. No side have drawn more games than the Toffees this term, and given the last time these two met at Upton Park in December back in 2010 it finished 1-1, the omens are there for draw backers at 13/5.
Betting: West Ham and Everton to draw at 13/5 (Stan James)
Liverpool v Fulham
My love affair with Liverpool (the f*cking dogs) was short lived. After smashing into Man City to beat Newcastle last week in the early kick-off I hit the Jager Bombs and had a balls-to-the-chopping-board single on the Reds to beat Aston Villa. Bad move all round. I ended up £270 down and am now barred from the Marine Hotel for drunkenly volleying Christmas Tree baubles over the bar in a fit of pique. Give me Fulham here by the odd goal in this one.
Betting: Fulham to beat Liverpool 1-0 at 20/1 (Coral)
Swansea v Manchester United
The Red Devils are six points clear heading into 2013 and have a glamour Champions League tie with Real Madrid to look forward to next year. They are scoring goals by the bucket-load and entertaining the masses wherever they rock up. What's not to like? I'll tell you what. The fact they have yet to draw a match domestically. 14 wins against three defeats so far with no draws. Outrageous scenes. It's going to happen at some point, so why not at the Liberty Stadium, where Michael Laudrup's ensemble have played some fine stuff at times this season.
Betting: Swansea and Manchester United to draw at 3/1 (Ladbrokes)
Chelsea v Aston Villa
After my Liverpool punting debacle last Saturday, Chelsea saved my Christmas in the week by battering Leeds in the Capital One Cup. And for this Senor Benitez, I will always be grateful. The Blues are 4/11 to win on Sunday but I'm not convinced they are the sure thing many people are making them out to be. If you take away defeats to Manchester United (a close run thing) and Manchester City, then Villa's recent return is decent. Furthermore, Chelsea were more than likely playing on adrenalin at Elland Road and there is a chance that their recent sojourn to Japan could come back to bite them in the arse here. I guess what I am trying to say is I would be much happier getting on Christian Benteke (whose potential Paul Lambert recently described as "frightening") to score at 7/2 than I would steaming into Chelsea at 4/11.
Betting: Benteke to score anytime at 7/2 (Sky Bet)