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Football Betting Tips: 29th & 30th December 2018
by the Cheeky Punter
It’s a busy weekend of Premier League games once again and like last week, there is the prospect of two games within the space of 4 days for most teams as following on from this set of games, the teams will be in action once again on either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd January.
We smashed it up with our boxing day tips, £10 stakes were up +£33.00 overall, and I’m looking for a repeat this weekend!
I hope you enjoyed a good Christmas and that you are now looking forward to the New Year with a good degree of positivity and optimism, so let’s hope we can see out 2018 in style by landing a full house of winners with these selections.
Footie Tips: Saturday 29th December
December 29, 2018
December 29, 2018
Fulham have drawn their last two games 0-0 away at Newcastle and 1-1 at home to Wolves, they sit 19th in the Premier League table.
Huddersfield were well beaten by both Southampton and Man Utd (both 3-1) over Christmas and they are now bottom of the league.
Huddersfield have won just one of the last 12 games between the teams stretching back to March 1994, Fulham winning seven and four games finishing in draws.
That win however came on Bonfire Night this year when a solitary goal gave Huddersfield a 1-0 win over the Cottagers back in November.
There’s no doubt that Claudio Ranieri has improved Fulham’s defensive resilience of late, but the fact remains that the Cottagers still look liable to concede a goal or two in most games they played, as they showed against Wolves in their last game.
Huddersfield have the opposite problem in that goalscoring is their real issue, but they did net in both their last two games, albeit in 3-1 defeats. With both teams in the relegation zone, this is an absolute must-win contest for both teams.
Fulham seem to have the advantage as they can score goals and are playing the game at home but Huddersfield’s best displays this season have come on the road, notably against Wolves, and I don’t think you can rule them out of at least scoring a goal here especially against that leaky Fulham defence.
This will be close, but I think Fulham’s greater firepower may be the key difference between the team, so I am backing both teams to find the net but for the home side to come out on top, probably by a 2-1 scoreline.
Fulham to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £48.00
Liverpool’s wins over Wolves & Newcastle combined with Man City’s defeats by Crystal Palace & Leicester mean the Reds are now six points clear.
Arsenal beat Burnley the Saturday before Christmas but were then held 1-1 by Brighton on Boxing Day to lie 5th in the Premier League table overall.
The teams last met back in November at the Emirates Stadium where they fought out a 1-1 draw, Milner scoring for Liverpool before Lacazette levelled for Arsenal late on.
The teams have met 225 times in the past, Liverpool lead the way with 86 wins to Arsenal’s 78 with 61 matches between the teams ending in draws.
Liverpool fans could not have scripted a better Christmas for the Reds, wins over Wolves and Newcastle by 2-0 and 4-0 scorelines have seen them pick up maximum points so far, while the gap to Manchester City has grown to seven points, with City losing to Crystal Palace and then Leicester City in their last two games.
Indeed, Spurs are now the Reds closest challengers with the London side six points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s men and now they face an Arsenal side that have won just one of their last four games and who have hit something of a sticky spell after a long run of great results.
The Gunners though have some real counter attacking threat in their side in Aubameyang and Lacazette, although there is no guarantee both will start at Anfield. However they are up against a defence which has conceded just seven goals in the league this season.
I can see Arsenal finding the net but Liverpool are looking so formidable at home especially and as such, I am backing the Reds to end the year in style by picking up another three points here.
Liverpool to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £28.00
Crystal Palace beat Man City at the Etihad and then followed that up with a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Cardiff City to lie 14th in the table on 19 points.
Chelsea were defeated by Leicester at home on the Saturday before Christmas but beat Watford 2-1 on Boxing Day to lie in fourth spot in the table.
The teams met back in November at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea running out comfortable 3-1 winners, Morata scoring twice and Pedro finding the net. Townsend scored for Palace.
The teams have met 53 times in the past with Chelsea winning 26 of those games, 15 matches have been drawn and Palace have won just the 12 games.
Crystal Palace produced one of the biggest upset results of the Premier League season so far when defeating Manchester City at the Etihad just before Christmas, but to prove just how inconsistent they are, they followed that amazing result up, with a 0-0 home draw with lowly Cardiff City.
It is results like that which must drive Roy Hodgson absolutely crazy, but the Palace fans now have a big London derby to enjoy once again with old rivals Chelsea coming to Selhurst Park on Saturday, on the back of a narrow 2-1 win over Watford.
Prior to that Chelsea had lost 1-0 at home to Leicester on the Saturday before Christmas, a result which saw them drop to fourth in the table, four points behind Manchester City in third and five behind Spurs in second.
This game will likely depend on which Palace team turns up. If it is the team that beat Man City, Chelsea could find it tough, if not then I am backing the visitors to come away with the win, although I do think the home side will at least score a goal.
Chelsea to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £35.00
December 30, 2018
December 30, 2018
A 3-1 defeat at Arsenal was followed by a 5-1 home defeat to Everton over the festive period for Burnley and they now lie in 18th place in the table with just 12 points.
West Ham play Southampton on Thursday but they suffered their first defeat in five games when Watford beat then 2-0 on the 22nd. They lie 12th in the table.
The Hammers defeated Burnley 4-2 back in November, Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson with two and Hernandez grabbing the goals with Gudmondssen and Wood replying for Burnley.
The teams have met 87 times, Burnley winning 32, West Ham winning 37 and 18 games have been draws. Burnley have won just one of the last 9 meetings between the teams.
It’s been a very tough period for Sean Dyche and Burnley, perhaps their toughest since coming back into the Premier League, a thumping defeat at the hands of Everton, where they were 3-0 down inside the first 25 minutes, made it a miserable Christmas for Clarets fans.
West Ham also suffered defeat at Watford and with their game against Southampton being played tonight, it is going to be interesting to see how Manuel Pellegrini’s team do in that game ahead of this tough battle with a Burnley side looking for a reaction following the Everton game.
Last season I’d have backed Burnley to bounce back after that result with a good show here, but I think West Ham are the team most likely to bounce back as I think they have far more talent in their squad and, crucially, more creative and goal scoring players.
As such, I think Burnely will make it hard for the Hammers, but I think this is a game that the visitors will just about scrape a win in.
The Cheeky Punter is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.