St Stephens Day (Boxing Day, if that’s your thing) was always the day that gave the bookies nightmares when any favourite that needed a late goal would always find it and the football trading team would be left explaining their losses to the powers that be!
Year after year this continued and was always a painful end to each calendar year…
Version 2019 – came on in Arsenal v Chelsea, it’s great to see you both have too much festive fun to perform to any sort of level on the 26th and left us all feeling a bit happier with our results!
Now for the second part of the battle, New Year’s Day 2020!
Follow the teams in form? Stick with the home bird? Or, back all the favs? I reckon we will mix this up and find a nice treble to get some money back in the pockets.
Brighton v Chelsea: Chelsea to win – 10/11
Despite their hiccup at home on the 26th losing 2-0 to Southampton, Chelsea came back in style at the weekend to gain a vital 2-1 win against cross-town rivals Arsenal (no big deal right?).
Frank Lampard will have his eye firmly above them in the table and will see catching Man City as a distinct possibility.
This early kick-off will hopefully see Chelsea set their mark going forward for 2020 and downing The Seagulls is the perfect way to start a new decade for The Blues!
Southampton v Tottenham: Spurs to win – 11/10
At 3pm there are some interesting fixtures to take our pick from, but we’re headed to the south coast of England.
Southampton have steadied the ship of late and picked up some nice results by winning two and drawing one in their last three games. That being said, I can’t see how Spurs aren’t odds on for this fixture and they have to be the play of the 3pm fixtures here.
Despite being a bit wobbly, to say the least, the XI they can put out should have far too much firepower here for the Saints and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Spurs are still without Heung-min Son after his red card against Chelsea, but they can put their 2-2 blip at Norwich behind them and take all three points from this fixture.
Norwich v Crystal Palace: Draw – 23/10
At 5.30pm there are three games on and I am looking at the one that no one else will be eyeing up, Norwich v Crystal Palace. Why? Because it will end in a boring draw and there will be plenty of goals in the other two games.
Norwich will be looking to fight their way off the bottom of the table sometime soon, but The Eagles should have more than enough to contain them here and play out the 90 mins to continue their mid-table mediocrity.
Palace have drawn three of their last six Premier League games and two of them were away to similar opposition to Norwich.
* All odds correct at time of posting.