WHILE most of us will be nursing hangovers tomorrow spare a thought for our top footballers who will have to brave the cold and go out and kick a ball about it.
Some will be paid £1000 a minute for the privilege – and maybe they’ll demand double time for working on a holiday.
I’m not sure who thinks having a packed card in the festive season is a good idea but we carry on regardless with a full English Premier League card and Scottish Premiership games.
Team news shouldn’t be as vital for the English sides who are more likely to rest players for FA Cup ties at the weekend but fatugue could be starting to take a toll. In Scotland – where Hogmanay is a big deal – it’s about backing teams whose players were tucked up in bed for the bells. Surely nowadays that will be all of them.
The situation is complicated in England by managerial changes at Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Brom. Only Palace with Alan Pardew on board will have their new boss in place in time and there is every chance he’ll get a positive result at Aston Villa.
Newcastle face a Burnley side full of confidence after drawing at Man City from 2-0 and while they’re a big price to win I’d probably take the safer option of draw no bet at 11-4 with Skybet.
QPR let me down at home to Palace but I’m surprised to see them as underdogs at the likes of 2-1 with bet365 at home to a Swansea side who struggled at Liverpool. Again QPR draw no bet is an option at 11-10.
West Ham are bigger than I expected at 9-10 with Stan James at home to a West Brom side who won’t have Tony Pullis in charge in time for the game and I like Chelsea at just under evens at Spurs.
In Scotland Dundee United have been dominating the Dundee for years and are almost evens at home to their Dens Park neighbours.
St Mirren are still managerless but look a decent price at home to Kilmarnock with draw no bet on offer at 6-4.
Anyway here is my Super Single shortlist for New Year’s Day looking at stats and form and backing sides close to or above evens – I’ll check team news before putting up the top tips. Let me know your thoughts.
Super Single shortlist
Aston Villa v CRYSTAL PALACE
EVERTON at Hull
Newcastle v BURNLEY draw no bet
QPR v Swansea
WEST HAM v West Brom
Spurs v CHELSEA
DUNDEE UTD v Dundee
ST MIRREN draw no bet v Kilmarnock