Norwich City v Everton
The Blues have been looking a bit ominous in recent weeks and I give them a good shout here against a Norwich side finding out top-flight football isn’t all peaches and cream. Gerard Deulofeu has been a revelation since his return to Goodison and the Spanish box of tricks screams value at 11/1 to be named Man of the Match in this early kick-off.
Betting: Deulofeu to be Man of the Match at 11/1 (Paddy Power)
Crystal Palace v Southampton
The Saints have fallen away in quite alarming fashion these last few weeks. Three defeats on the spin was followed by a dour 1-1 draw at home to basement boys Aston Villa, at home, and I reckon another hour and a half of struggle is on the cards for Koeman’s strollers.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 13/8 (Coral)
Manchester City v Swansea
There’s been loads of debate over the sacking of Garry Monk this week. Did he just suddenly become a sh*t boss or was he the victim of players on good money having sh*t attitudes? Who knows. What we do know was a run of one win in 11 matches proved unpalatable for the Swansea hierarchy, who are mindful of next season’s monster TV deal for Premier League clubs. It will get worse before it gets better, and Raheem Sterling can help the Citizens to a resounding win at the Etihad.
Betting: Sterling to score anytime at 15/8 (Coral)
Sunderland v Watford
He couldn’t buy a goal earlier this season but Troy Deeney has suddenly caught fire. Five goals in his last six matches tells its own story and he could be Sunderland’s worst nightmare on Wearside this weekend.
I always remember my dad telling me “son, never kick a man when he’s down”. Sound advice pops, but also the fundamental reason I lost every fight during my time in UFC. This weekend of course sees Jose Aldo take on Conor McGregor for all the marbles at featherweight and the former is my tip to shut McGregor’s mouth for him.
Betting: Aldo to beat McGregor at 11/10 (Paddy Power)
West Ham v Stoke
The Hammers were very unlucky not to take all three points against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week so I’m told and will have their backers here. Stoke ain’t no sh*t shovellers though so the message here is go large on both teams scoring at Upton Park.
Betting: Both teams to score at 19/20 (Hills)
Bournemouth v Manchester United
It’s looking like it will be anything but a happy Christmas for LVG. The fans are now starting to lose patience – in their droves. Yes, they are three points off the top but are already out of the Champions League and face the prospect of getting laughed at on a Thursday night now alongside Liverpool and Spurs in the Europa League. It’s 3/4 that there are less than 2.5 goals in the game and I think that looks an absolutely lock once again.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 3/4 (Bet Victor)
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Villa are a whopping 6/1 to win this on home turf but I daren’t back against Arsenal following their super show in Greece the other night. Olivier Giroud was the star of the show on Tuesday but it’s a fit-again Theo Walcott I fancy to run amok against a villa rearguard on Sunday.
Betting: Walcott to score anytime at 8/5 (bet365)
Liverpool v West Brom
Well my talk of the Reds running up a ‘cricket score’ against Newcastle last weekend meant I ended up looking like a proper tool after their 2-0 capitulation. It’s all about the gegenpressing for Klopp (I prefer Guinness myself) and while I think they’ll get back to winning ways here I reckon the Baggies will give them a stern argument.
Betting: Liverpool to win by one goal at 13/5 (Stan James)
Tottenham v Newcastle
The Mags might have made a monkey of me last Sunday but lightening won’t strike twice on this particular sabbath as I fully expect Spurs to win this comfortably. Tottenham are no joke this season and I can definitely see them finishing in the top four. Bottom line – anything better than evens on them winning this by more than a goal should be getting you moist.
Betting: Tottenham (-1) to win at 21/20 (Stan James)