Matt Le Tissier Boxing Day Preview
The games are coming thick and fast now and as I mentioned in my blog on the weekend, it was a time I really enjoyed as a player.
Now though, I can just crash out on the sofa and eat leftover turkey like the rest of you.
I really fancied Southampton to beat Sunderland, so it was a real disappointment to see the Saints get turned over 1-0. We have a game in hand but it’s becoming very tight at the foot of the table.
Fulham have been poor themselves in recent weeks and were smashed 4-0 at Anfield by a Liverpool side, who just last week had lost 3-1 to Aston Villa. Chelsea’s subsequent 8-0 demolition job over Villa shows the topsy-turvy nature of the league and exactly why we love it.
I can’t have Fulham at odds on so will take a chance on the draw at 14/5 with Stan James.
The bubble was burst with Norwich at West Brom. The Canaries had been in top form but it was a disappointing loss to the Baggies. Chelsea are rampant at the moment, scoring at least three goals in five of their last six games and Rafa Benitez’s decision to move David Luiz into centre midfield looks a masterstroke.
Over 2.5 goals looks a cert as does the away win at 4/6. The Blues with a -1 Asian handicap at evens with Paddy Power looks fantastic value.
I did tip Swansea in the double chance market versus Manchester United, but the Red Devils were unfortunate not to win, such was their dominance in the second half. There’s been some great matches over the years when they play Newcastle but I can’t see Alan Pardew’s men causing many problems.
Man United to win both halves at 3/4 with BetVictor is a nice bet to put in your coupons.
Reading put up a tremendous performance at the Etihad and were more than a shade unlucky to go down 1-0 to Gareth Barry’s late header – probably a foul on the defender – and I think Sunderland can give Roberto Mancini’s team a real game at the Stadium of Light.
Martin O’Neill finally seems to be getting more from his players and they’ve won two of their last three. The Black Cats have also won two of the last three at home to the Citizens and took four points off the champions last season.
I’d have a small play on Sunderland with a +1 Asian handicap at evens with Bet365.
Finally, hope you all had a great Christmas and I’ll catch up with you in 2013!