2016 may be the one auld acquaintance that we never want to bring to mind again, but the year is giving us one final act of Premier League drama on Saturday.
It’s fair to say the league has been as explosive as the New Year’s fireworks so far this season and our punters will be hoping to end it with one final bang.
For those hoping to light the blue touch paper on the last act of 2016, we’ve dived into the odds and pulled out three tasty punts that may be worth a sniff for our customers.
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After finding himself on the missing list for much of the opening months of his Manchester United career, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is quickly becoming one of the most important cogs in Jose Mourinho’s red juggernaut.
He became the first Armenian in history to score in the Premier League thanks to his winner against Tottenham earlier this month, before unfortunately leaving the field on a stretcher with a nasty looking ankle injury.
Thankfully the knock wasn’t as bad as first feared and he returned to action in style on Boxing Day, netting a sensational acrobatic kick after coming on as a second half substitute.
He seems to be finding his scoring boots at the right time for the Red Devils and he’s our pick to land the opener in United’s home fixture against Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve at .
Champions Leicester built a fortress at the King Power Stadium on their way to the Premier League title last season, but there’s been signs in recent weeks that there may be a few guards asleep at their posts.
The Foxes have only managed to trap four points from a possible 12 in their last four league outings, and both West Brom and Everton have managed to steal the spoils on their visit to last campaign’s table toppers. Not everything is right in the kingdom of Claudio Ranieri it seems!
What difference a few weeks have made for West Ham, Slaven Bilić had looked on the brink of the sack for large portions of the season. However, three wins on the spin has ironed out any issues the Hammers had of late.
They’re now only a single goal from the table’s top half and are overpriced to win at the home of the champions for us at .
This one is the easiest of the bunch to pick as the Blues are bounching on the back of 12 wins in-a-row.
A hallmark of the run Antonio Conte’s men find themselves on has been their outstanding prowess at the back.
Chelsea have only conceded a measly 11 goals in their 18 contests so far – tighter that that aunt of yours who’s still serving the Christmas turkey for dinner. Stoke looked woeful after a good opening 20 minutes at Liverpool, however they were taken apart afterwards losing 4-1 in the end.
Given that the Blues have won their last four with giving their opponents a goal in reply, we can’t see anything but a repeat at for Chelsea to end 2016 with 13 wins on the spin.
- By the way if any punters fancy this as a terrific treble, it could end the year on a high note for you if it delivers at odds of over 35/1. What’s not to love?