OK, ‘bonanza’ might be a bit much… in any case here’s what I’ll be backing on Boxing Day.
Southampton v Arsenal
Saints have been poor lately and they’re playing like a team low on confidence, meaning a game against Arsenal is probably exactly what they don’t need on Boxing Day. For some reason the Gunners are odds against and at a top price 23/20 I’ll be having a nibble on them.
*Olivier Giroud has six goals in his last four games and he’s 8/5 to score at any time, if the Frenchman starts I’ll be backing that. You’d think he’ll start but the games come thick and fast over Christmas so there’s a chance he might not, but if he does that’s worth backing too.
I’m struggling with the rest of the Premier League to be honest, they’re either too hard to call or the odds aren’t good enough to make me want to back anyone in the standard match betting markets. Spurs could be worth a look even at 4/9 but Norwich go into that game on the back of a win at Old Trafford so there is a question mark to a degree. Similarly both teams to score in Newcastle against Everton looks a good bet but at 4/7 probably not worth adding to a coupon.
Derby v Fulham
Spurs may not have tempted me at 4/9 but Derby do at 8/15 against a Fulham side who couldn’t beat Bolton on the road in their last away day. The Rams have won four of their last five home games and only Brighton managed to avoid defeat, or indeed score, in Derby over that period, as such this looks a home banker.
Shrewsbury v Fleetwood
This is a bit of a relegation six pointer in League One and at 7/4 I reckon the Shrews are worth backing. Fleetwood have picked up a bit of late but only at home and on their travels they’re still struggling, having managed just a point at Crewe in their last away day, prior to that they lost at Blackpool. Of the three this is definitely the risk but the home side represent good value for me.
As a treble this pays out at around 8/1, so as always I’ll stick another ‘point’ on that and if Giroud starts a point on that too. Obviously, this is my last post until after Christmas so have a good one and I’ll see you on the other side.