A few matches today where one side, on form, is expected to score 2 goals at least. No live chat today. Family day. Good luck, Happy New Year and see you in 2019.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
12:00 - Crystal Palace v Chelsea - 1.72 Chelsea
- With Tottenham and Man City losing their latest matches, Chelsea must strike.
- But they have a London Derby away to a side recently beating good yardsticks Leicester and Man City.
- 2 wins and a draw for Palace this Xmas is good stuff. 2 wins and a 0-0 at home, 3 clean sheets, is also solid stuff.
- 5 0-0's at halftime at home for Palace is a high %.
- Palace yet to beat a top 7 side at home. They failed to score in 3 of the matches.
- Fall all of their recent form, Palace have failed to score 6 times at home.
- 7 of 8 goals conceded at home came 2nd half.
- All 3 Chelsea defeats have come within the last 7 matches.
- Both teams have scored last 4 aways, 2 defeats and 2 wins.
- Chelsea have scored 2 + goals in all matches v 12th and lower and meet 14th today.
- This is a London Derby so anything could happen. On season long form, Chelsea are expected to score 2+ goals v 12th and lower (100% record) and that should see them clear. Palace have impressed defensively at home, 3 consecutive home clean sheets. 0-0 at halftime may not surprise but we should see 2nd half goals.
14:15 - Burnley v West Ham United - 2.18 West Ham
- The enigma that is Burnley. A couple of 1-0's recently, and making Spurs work, did suggest the defensive strength had returned. But then they conceded 8 goals in 2 matches and play a West Ham with 3-3-3-2-0-2 goals recently.
- West Ham are unbeaten in 5 away. Burnley have 4 defeats in their last 5 at home.
- Burnley are yet to beat a top 11 side (Hammers 11th) and lost 4-2 to the Hammers earlier this season. West Ham have 6 wins and a 1-1 v 14th and lower this season.
- On seasonal form, the Hammers should expect to score 2 goals at least which should set them up nicely. Burnley have been scoring in recent heavy defeats so the ideal is for them to score first to lay them.
- The stats suggest lay the 0-0 in the halftime score market.
14:15 - Southampton v Man City - 1.32 Man City
- Man City, 1.32, v new manager syndrome Southampton coming off the back of 3-3-1 goals scored in their last 3 matches. I wouldn't back them with stolen money.
- Southampton are out of the bottom 3, albeit by one point and need the points. 2-2 v Man Utd and 3-2 v Arsenal at home augurs well but requires that Saints forward line to compensate for that poor Saints back line.
- Little else to report, given the new manager status of the Saints.
- 3 defeats in 4 for Man City, conceding 2-3-2 goals in those defeats. Surely not.....Southampton to score 2 goals again today? City are infinitely layable if leading, surely? Although with Liverpool tonking Arsenal, with Tottenham losing, and Chelsea in a London Derby away from home, this match has Must Win City written all over it.
- 5-6-3-5-6 goals scored by City v the bottom 5. Will that continue today?
16:30 - Manchester United v Bournemouth - 1.39 Man Utd
- The market likes Ole, but he has not really been tested. Wins v Cardiff and Huddersfield were as likely under Mourinho as they were under him.
- Both teams are still scoring, as they have in 14 of United's last 15 matches. This neccesitates at least 2 goals for United to get the win.
- United have scored 2 goals at least in all bar 3 at home. They lost at home only v Tottenham and have 5 BTTS wins in 6 v 8th and lower at home.
- Bournemouth have 100% defeats v the top 7, 1-2 v United earlier this season. They have failed to score in 3/4 away v the top 7.
- A better class of opponent for United. The seasonal stats point to Man Utd scoring 2 goals at least and winning (tends to be the pattern today in the Premier League). Bournemouth could score today. This is certainly a step up from Huddersfield and Cardiff. Lay the 0-0 in the halftime score market based on the stats but remember the new manager syndrome Man Utd.