Boxing Day was a bust as only Derby came in, and that was a very safe pick anyway. No one expected that Arsenal performance at Southampton, or indeed the Saints performance as manager Ronald Koeman conceded afterwards. As for Shrewsbury… they were winning for basically the whole game only to let in a late equaliser, the bastards.
But we go again, otherwise how am I going to start winning back some of my now sizeable losses?
Bolton v Blackburn
With a heavy heart I’m predicting a Rovers win in the Championship’s early kick off tomorrow. Wanderers crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Rotherham on Boxing Day as their chances of avoiding the drop took what could well be a terminal blow, regardless of whether or not they are forced into administration. To swing this one even further in Blackburn’s favour they had a day off as their game against Middlesbrough was cancelled so they head to the Macron Stadium having had an unexpected festive rest.
Blackburn are 6/5 and at the time of publishing they’re shortening too according to the good people at Oddschecker, they might even go off at even money by the time the game itself rolls around.
Norwich V Aston Villa
The Premier League is proving incredibly hard to predict this season, even more so than usual, and I’m not particularly confident about this but I’m going to side with the hosts here. The Canaries are unbeaten in three at home having drawn with Everton and Arsenal, with one win coming against Swansea in their last five at Carrow Road. Villa have picked up a little under Remi Garde but not enough to inspire any confidence they’re going to beat the drop.
Norwich are 11/10 and as long as they’re odds against I’d say they were worth a punt, if they come in any more I’d leave it alone.
Middlesbrough V Sheffield Wednesday
This is the safest of the bunch as far as I’m concerned and I’m going for a home win here. Boro should have played Blackburn on Boxing Day so like the Rovers they’ve had a break, whereas the Owls were in action. Wednesday don’t travel well and Middlesbrough are flying, and at 7/10 they’re possibly a bigger price than they should be.
As a multiple that pays out at 7.57 so as per I’ll be putting a point on each as a single and a point on the treble. Profit and loss calculations will resume after this round as I can’t be bothered to do the maths right now, but suffice to say I’m way down at the moment.