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Football Tips: 30th & 31st December
by the Cheeky Punter
We ended up in profit after out last round of fixtures thanks to a West Brom v Everton draw and Man City beating Newcastle to nil.
I’m hoping my football betting tips and predictions for Saturdat 30th and Sunday 31st December can follow suit!
We’ve already seen some odd results over the festive period but some things remain the same. Manchester City keep winning, West Brom are still unable to win a game and Stoke City remain as inconsistent as ever.
I’d like to wish you all a very happy New Year, here are my final tips for 2017:
Football Tips: Saturday 30th December
December 30, 2017
December 30, 2017
Bournemouth have picked up just two points from the last 18 available in the Premier League. Everton are now unbeaten in their last seven games.
Bournemouth are currently 18th in the Premier League with 17 points. Everton have 10 more points (27) and lie in ninth place in the league table.
The return fixture in September saw Everton win the match 2-1 with two late goals from Oumar Niasse handing Everton a win.
The teams have only met nine times in the past, Everton winning seven games, one draw and Bournemouth just one, but that was in this same fixture last season (1-0).
The contrasting form of both these sides is quite sharp and does not make good reading if you are a Bournemouth fan with just two points collected from six games and the Cherries now stuck in the relegation zone.
In contrast, Everton’s form has been much improved over their past seven games and the Toffees have secured a mid-table spot for themselves and are now 10 points clear of the drop zone and focused more on pushing up the table.
The problem Everton have is that Sam Allardyce has made them defensively much more resilient but at the cost of their attacking threat. Everton are grinding out results in the same way Allardyce’s teams always have but the result isn’t altogether the most attractive to watch.
I expect Everton to do the same here against a Bournemouth side that will try to play football against them. While I can’t see the Cherries getting a win here, I also feel Everton’s lack of goal threat means the most likely outcome here is a draw.
Huddersfield are on a good run of form with just one defeat in their last five games and they are unbeaten in their last three matches.
Burnley have a very similar record over their last five with just one defeat in that run, but they have not now won in their last three.
The teams played out a 0-0 draw when they met at Turf Moor back in September earlier this year.
The teams have met a total of 72 times previously, Burnley winning 33, Huddersfield 27 and there have been 12 draws between the teams.
It is fair to say that both these teams are performing well above what was expected of them this year and this promises to be a committed clash between Yorkshire and Lancashire-based teams.
Burnley lie 7th in the table with 33 points after an incredible opening half of the season. Huddersfield Town have ten points fewer with 23 and lie in 11th place in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone but on a decent run of three games without a defeat.
There was little between the teams when they fought out a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor earlier this season and I am expecting a similar type of game today at the John Smith’s Stadium, I expect goals to be somewhat at a premium here.
That said, I think Burnley have shown a dogged persistence this season that has earned them points on the road when they don’t expect it and that point at Old Trafford last time out will be a very good one in terms of confidence, so I am backing the visitors to get the win here, probably by a single goal.
Newcastle lie 15th in the table after a narrow 0-1 home defeat to Manchester City last time around, nearly nicking a draw late on.
Brighton are 12th in the table with 21 points from 20 games and they have lost just one of their last three games (away to Chelsea).
Newcastle ended a run of four successive defeats with a superb 3-2 away win over an improving West Ham, which moved them out of the relegation zone.
Brighton won the first game between the teams earlier this season taking a 1-0 win at the AMEX Stadium back in September.
I think the key here in this game is home advantage as in terms of form, players and personnel I think both teams are very evenly matched. Brighton have enjoyed the better form of late, but that brilliant win for Newcastle at West Ham was a massive three points for Rafa Benitez’ team.
Not only did it end a run of four defeats, but it also moved them out of the relegation places and means that they come into this game, knowing a win would likely catapult them even further up the table.
Brighton have won just twice away from home this season, losing seven times (the highest in the division alongside Swansea) and I feel this long trip North may well be a fruitless one for them.
I’m backing Newcastle to come out on top in what should be an entertaining game but one I think will be decided by a single goal in favour of the home side.
West Brom come into this game 19th in the table and without a win since August having scored just 14 league goals in total.
Arsenal lie 6th in the table but they have by far the worst away record of all the top six teams in the league so far this season.
Arsenal won the reverse clash between the teams back in September with a 2-0 win at the Emirates.
The teams have met 139 times previously, Arsenal winning 71 of those games, West Brom have 38 wins and there have been 30 draws.
One of the most surprising stats this season is that Arsenal’s away record is so poor and it is this which has stymied their chances of climbing into the top four on a more regular basis and it is something Arsene Wenger will be keen to put right.
However, Arsenal’s woes pale into insignificance compared to the problems facing Alan Pardew who sees his team without a win since August and sorely lacking a goal threat. Which the new manager has already identified as his teams major Achilles heel.
Whether they can put that right against an Arsenal team that sorely need a win here is debatable, but the Baggies are strong defensively and could frustrate Arsenal. However, I think the Gunners are a team well set up to cause the home side real problems if they try to play a more open attacking game.
I do see West Brom scoring, but I can’t see them getting anything from the game, hence, I am backing Arsenal to win and both teams to score for this one.
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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.