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Merry Christmas to you all. Hopefully you’re suitably rested after over-indulging on turkey and wine and we can get on with the more important part of the week; Boxing Day football.
With a full card in the Scottish Premier League, English Premier League, Championship and lower leagues both north and south of the border, there is plenty of value as bookmakers, especially our Ladbrokes, show their giving side with some very favourable odds.
Hopefully, we can get that one big win before the New Year celebrations begin and make you all even happier this festive period. We’re still £76 up this month so it’s profit all round, but we want to get that result that takes us over the £100 mark and get you at least a new jumper at the Christmas sales.#GameOn
It’s extremely difficult to ever ignore a team, playing at home, who haven’t lost at their own ground in 14 games. It becomes even harder when their opponents haven’t beaten them there since September 2009 and have picked up just one point from their last 15 games. So as Wigan Athletic visit the in-form Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday it’s no surprise who we’ve decided to back. Davie Moyes’ side sit fifth in the Premier League table and could yet break in to the top four before the turn of the year. In Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar, the Scot has two experienced attackers capable of scoring goals against any side and, in the absence of the suspended Marouane Fellaini, influential enough to fill the Belgian’s gap. Wigan, on the other hand, languish third bottom of the league and are widely expected to feature in the relegation race come the season’s end. That said, Roberto Martinez’ side, for all their defensive woes, have the ability to sucker punch teams who don’t give them enough respect and in Arouna Kone, Franco Di Santo and Shaun Maloney they have three attackers with nine goals between them this term. Their threat cannot be ignored. Ultimately, it is set to be an entertaining game at an atmospheric Goodison Park, but the home form as well as the dismal run Wigan find themselves on means we have to back EVERTON at 1/2 – surprisngly good odds for what seems to be such a one-sided fixture going on past meetings between the teams.
Hornets have too much sting for City
Despite the unpredictability of the Championship, there always seems to be one or two fixtures which represent great odds and in Watford’s visit to Bristol City we think we’ve found one of those games. Gianfranco Zola has steadily gone about putting his stamp on the Hornets since taking over in July and has the away team on a run of four unbeaten on the road. In Matej Vydra, he’s found a player capable of finding the net regularly and hopes of another positive result away from home will hinge largely on the shoulders of the 10-goal Czech striker. Bristol City haven’t had the same such progression since Derek McInnes took over in October of 2011. The ex-St Johnstone manager has a win ratio of 27.12 per cent and has achieved just two home wins in 11 games this season. They’ve yet to keep a clean sheet this season so expect goals regardless of result; we just have to hope that Watford can continue their good form and, in some way, replicate the 2-0 scoreline they achieved the last time they visited Ashton Gate. At 5/4 we’re going for a WATFORD win.
Butchers and boys ain’t your Buddies!
The most impressive side out with Celtic in the SPL this season has to Inverness Caley Thistle who sit second top of the league as we approach 2013. Terry Butcher’s men have lost just three times this season and go into this one at home on the back of only one defeat in their last 15 games. At home, Motherwell and Celtic have been the only teams to have emerged with three points and Saturday’s opponents won’t be confident if their away record is anything to go by. Danny Lennon’s St Mirren have managed only one away win in the league this term and injuries to key players like Jim Goodwin and Marc McAusland make Saturday’s trip away a nightmare for any Buddies fans. The form of Inverness’ Billy McKay, who has 14 goals in 19 games this term, makes him the man to watch and you wouldn’t bet against him notching again against a St Mirren defence missing the influential McAusland and Paul Dummett. Inverness have struck 18 times in their last six games and tomorrow should follow a similar theme. Let’s just hope they can keep the back door shut and do a professional job at home against a limited side. So, completing the short-odds treble, we’re backing INVERNESS to take the win at 5/6.
The odds this week are much shorter than the last few tips at 6.18/1 so we’re feeling confident of getting a good result. All three teams have been in good form and, although nothing is certain in football, we fancy them all to continue their recent runs and get us the wins we need to make your Christmas and New Year all the better. Good luck and #GameOn!
Keeping in the festive spirit, we’re offering a £10 free bet to one of our lucky readers. Just retweet, share and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to enter and the winner will be announced in the coming days. It may not be a lot, but a successful tenner bet could make your festive period a whole lot better. #GameOn
Merry Christmas everyone!
Treble: EVERTON v Wigan (1/2), Bristol City v WATFORD (5/4) and INVERNESS CT v St Mirren (5/6) – 6.18/1
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