Monday’s schedule is the final set of fixtures of the year, and I’m hopeful that this trio of Premier League stars will bring a profitable climax to 2015.
As usual, I’ll be backing all three players as singles. If two of them find the target, we’ll be counting some very decent returns. And if all three get their names on the scoresheet, it’ll be a very nice balance boost to end the calendar year.
Be lucky, and Happy New Year.
Crystal Palace V Swansea City. 3PM
BET: Yohan Cabaye to score anytime @ 3/1
Crystal Palace haven’t exactly sparkled at Selhurst Park this season at Selhurst Park, but they are more than capable of beating Swansea in their final home match of the campaign. And I’m backing Yohan Cabaye to provide the finishing touches.
Alan Pardew’s strikers have struggled badly in front of goal, but the midfield players have compensated. Cabaye has netted five since joining in the summer, and could be a great shout against the struggling Swans.
Not only does Cabaye have a good knack of arriving at the time, but he also takes penalties. With all the uncertainty currently surrounding the away camp, it wouldn’t surprise me if both Palace and Cabaye enjoy a productive afternoon.
Come on Cabaye, do it for Martin.
Everton V Stoke City. 3PM
BET: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 21/20
Amidst the Jamie Vardy headlines, it has been easy to forget just how well Romelu Lukaku is playing at Goodison Park this season. But I’ve taken notice, and I’m backing the Belgian to continue his incredible campaign with another goal against Stoke.
Lukaku has found the net in four consecutive home matches, and confidence will be high as the Toffees prepare to take on the Potters. Stoke’s defence has been solid in recent matches, especially when Ryan Shawcross plays. But the Everton striker’s physical attributes will make him a huge threat throughout.
The return of Leighton Baines should improve the level of service that the 22-year-old receives. And if he can link up with Ross Barkley, then there’s no reason to doubt his credentials.
Stoke will give Everton a real run for their money. But Lukaku is a quality player and can fire the Toffees to success. If the home side is to score, I’m very confident that this will be their source of inspiration.
Arsenal V Bournemouth. 5:30PM
BET: Aaron Ramsey to score anytime @ 5/2
The Gunners are finally starting to believe that they will win the Premier League. If they are going to win their first title since the Invincibles, winning home games against the likes of Bournemouth. Thankfully for the home fans, this shouldn’t be a problem.
That’s because Arsene Wenger’s men are scoring goals from all directions right now. While Olivier Giroud might be the main source of firepower, the Gunners also boast a number of midfielders capable of finding the target – not least Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey has been brilliant since operating from the central midfield role. Some questions remain over his defensive capabilities, but his attacking ability is never in doubt. He will find himself in and around the box on several occasions. With Mesut Ozil providing the ammunition, I think the Welshman will score.
At odds of 5/2, I think Ramsey is the value bet of the day. Let’s just hope he is joined by Lukaku and Cabaye too.
As well as the three singles, I’ll be playing the treble. For a £10 stake, the potential return is £287.00.