WE’RE all rested and ready to take on the bookies. While most kids didn’t sleep on Christmas Eve for punters the excitement was going to bed on Christmas night knowing there was a tremendous Boxing Day card to look forward to.
All 20 Premier League clubs are in action on Friday and highlights include leaders Chelsea against high-flying West Ham and Man United v Newcastle.
I put up a Super Single shortlist earlier and the biggest-priced team on that was Crewe at 5-1 to win at Oldham or Crewe DNB at 3-1. I’d still consider the latter but Crewe have several injury concerns and have lost defender Alan Tate who has returned to Swansea.
Watford were one of my strongest Super Single contenders but again team news puts me off enough not to make them a first choice. Skipper Troy Deeney is a doubt for the home clash with Wolves and the nine-goal striker is a key figure.
The Hornets also have problems in defence with Gabriele Angella suspended and Joel Ekstrand (back) and Gabriel Tamas (cruciate) out injured.
In the end I’ve decided to go for Leeds at home to Wigan as the Super Single – and there’s two reasons. 1. Leeds have had some decent displays since Neil Redfearn returned to the club and 2. Wigan are rubbish.
There has been no new boss effect since Malky Mackay was appointed and he’s taken just one point in charge with Wigan.
Leeds duo Rudy Austin and Giuseppe Bellusci are hoping to feature and Redfearn has no new injury problems while Wigan will be without central defender Leon Barnett. Wigan have won just one of their last 17 and are without Martyn Waghorn but full-back Maynor Figueroa has been recalled early from from a loan spell.
I know Leeds can’t be totally trusted but I’m willing to chance them at 7-4 with 10bet.
For the Top Treble I’m going all Championship with Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Norwich. Bournemouth-Fulham should be a cracker but I expect Eddie’s Howe surprise leaders to maintain their good run with another win with an expected unchanged line-up from the one that won 6-1 at Blackpool.
Middlesbrough crashed at Ipswich last week but should bounce back with a home win against a Nottingham Forest side without a victory in four. Boro’s last game was an impressive 2-0 defeat of Derby and they are serious promotion contenders.
Complete the treble with a Norwich side set to be unchanged for the fourth game running – on the back of two wins and a battling draw at Derby. Millwall are the visitors to Carrow Road and their only win in six was against struggling Brighton.
Spurs and Liverpool were Super Single contenders and I’m putting them on an away treble. Let’s start with Spurs at a Leicester side who have slumped to the foot of the table after a run of two points from 36.
Boss Nigel Pearson has failed in every bid to end the trend and a Spurs outfit who have won nine of their last 13 shouldn’t be as big as 11-10 with the likes of McBookie and BetVictor.
England Under-21 star Harry Kane has netted in his last three to take his season’s tally to 13 and is 29-20 at McBookie and BetVictor to score.
Liverpool are slightly shorter for a slightly tougher visit to Burnley. Brendan Rodgers’s side look to be on the mend after beating Bournemouth to reach the Capital One Cup semis then drawing with Arsenal.
The Anfield men are a best 17-20 with Paddy Power and both to score at 4-5 with Ladbrokes is also a possibility as Burnley have netted in their last six at Turf Moor.
Complete the aways treble with MK Dons who should get the better of Notts County. MK Dons hit seven last week for the first time as they crushed Colchester and confidence will be high as they travel to a Notts County side whose only win in six was against Doncaster in the JP Trophy. MK are a best 10-11 at Ladbrokes.
As for the Premier League title challengers Chelsea are a best 4-11 with Coral and it’s short for a meeting with a West Ham side sitting in the top four. The Blues should win but I’d rather punt both to score at 21-20 with McBookie and BetVictor.
Man City will once again be without strikers Sergio Aguero, Stefan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko as well as skipper Vincent Kompany but can still beat West Brom at the Hawthorns. They are 1-2 with Hills.
And third-place Man Utd should win at home to Newcastle as they aim to succeed on Boxing Day for the 19th time in 20 attempts.
Remember to keep to level stakes even if it’s tougher at this time of year – don’t be tempted to try to win the cash spent at Christmas. I’m betting 10 per cent of my bank and that’s 12 points with it sitting at almost a maximum 120 points.
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5pts Super Single
2.5pts Top Treble
(4-1, Paddy Power)
2pts away treble
MK Dons (3pm)
(13-2, McBookie, BetVictor)
Both teams to score
Chelsea v West Ham (12.45pm)
Birmingham v Derby (3pm)
Bournemouth v Fulham (3pm)
Charlton v Cardiff (1pm)
Perm any 3 and all 4 (5 bets at 0.5pts)
Fourfold pays 10-1 at Ladbrokes