West Ham v Liverpool
So here we are, in the dying embers of 2015. Facebook is definitely worth swerving over the next few days from all the lunatics with their ‘New Year New Me’ sh*t. Me? My resolution is to delete and block all those on social media who have taken to writing huge essays to ISIS and other terrorist factions. As if ISIS are actually reading intently and thinking ‘Fair one Jenny from Wakefield – maybe it is actually time we packed it in and sorted our sh*t out?’ I digress. Both these teams enjoyed welcome wins on Boxing Day and the Hammers are now unbeaten in six matches. All things considered they look too big to me here at 14/5.
Betting: West Ham to win at 14/5 (Bet Victor)
Arsenal v Newcastle United
The Gunners start 2016 on top of the league while the Mags are perched rather uncomfortably in the relegation zone. Arsenal losing to Southampton on Boxing Day cost a friend of mine £6,300 (off a ludicrous £200 7-fold) and said friend had been on the mother of all benders ever since. Woody, if you are reading this pal, please get yourself home. Your family are worried and I’m hearing your underpants are in a very bad way.
Betting: Arsenal (-2) to win at 2/1 (Paddy Power)
Leicester v Bournemouth
The Foxes are a huge price for me here at even money. Everyone is expecting their bubble to burst but I think they are nailed on for a top-four finish (still available at odds against) and don’t forget they are a club with a few quid to strengthen in key areas during the January transfer window.
Betting: Leicester to win at evens (Paddy Power/Sky Bet)
Manchester United v Swansea
The death stare LVG gave Sky reporter Patrick Davison after his post-match interview following their 2-0 loss at Stoke was absolutely top drawer. Brutal Louis, just brutal. His charges are 4/7 to finally record a league win on Saturday but I much prefer the 9/4 quotes about there being less than two goals at Old Trafford.
Betting: Under 1.5 goals at 9/4 (Hills)
Norwich v Southampton
The Saints have been clueless on their travels in recent weeks and I’m willing to wager the Canaries can follow their win over Villa up by taking another precious three points here.
Betting: Norwich to win at 23/10 (Hills/Stan James)
Sunderland v Aston Villa
It’s all over bar the shouting for Villa. The 1982 European Cup winners are now 11 points from safety and booked in for a spell in the Championship. Sunderland could well be joining them if they don’t shape up rather quickly but could take a huge step in the right direction with victory here. Big Sam will have them pumped for this and I reckon they look a decent bet to out hustle a beleaguered Villa side.
Betting: Sunderland (-1) to win at 17/4 (Stan James)
West Brom v Stoke City
Stoke are absolutely flying and might be the bet of the day here at 15/8. Their home form is far better than their away form but any side who takes three points from Everton at Goodison (and score four goals in the process) deserves respect.
Betting: Stoke to win at 15/8 (bet365/Coral)
Watford v Manchester City
The news that big Vince Kompany is going to be out for the foreseeable will have been well received by Messrs Ighalo and Deeney. The former has scored seven goals in his last six matches so I’m absolutely astonished to see him at higher than 2/1 to score here.
Betting: Ighalo to score anytime at 21/10 (Ladbrokes)
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Palace busted so many coupons after their recent 0-0 draw with Swansea the other day it’s fair to say they actually owe the gambling masses of this country. What better way to get back in our good books than by beating Chelsea? I’m still not convinced by the Blues, who have hardly looked a team transformed under Guus Hiddink. This reeks of home win.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 3/1 (Bet Victor)
Everton v Tottenham
Spurs look a huge price here to win on Merseyside. They’ve won their last three matches and with Harry Kane operating at the very peak of his powers again I fancy they’ll be too much for Martinez’s mob. The Toffees are uber inconsistent and may even have one eye on their forthcoming Capital One Cup semi against Man City, which takes place just a few days after this. 7/4 Spurs? F*ck yeah!
Betting: Tottenham to win at 7/4 (bet365)