Boxing Day 2016 was a great day on the betting front as we landed a huge winner on the BTTS & Win market. One year later, we’re hoping lightning will strike twice with this huge 50/1 treble.
We’ve picked three teams to carry on their festive celebrations in style with important victories, but will also be backing the losing sides in each game to grab a goal. With a chance to win over £500 from a £10 stake, it has to be worth a punt.
Bristol City v Reading
A run of four wins and a draw have kept Bristol City right in the hunt for a genuine title push, and Lee Johnson will be hoping to continue their incredible December with an important three points on Tuesday afternoon. While the Robins can be confident, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way against an improved Reading.
Jaap Stam’s men have struggled to replicate last season’s level of performance. Then again things have looked better for them in recent weeks, and the Royals could yet make a push for the play-offs. Unfortunately, back-to-back losses prior to Christmas have dented those hopes, and another loss here could cause further damage.
A return of 15 goals in 11 away games suggests they can score, but the hosts are in such good form that the points should stay at Ashton Gate. The Robins have scored 17 home goals, losing just two of 11 matches, and should be very confident thanks to the goals of Bobby Reid and Famara Diedhiou.
This should be a fairly competitive clash in which both teams create chances. On this occasion, though, we have to fancy the hosts for the victory.
Blackburn Rovers v Rochdale
Despite a difficult start to the campaign, Blackburn are now back on course to gain promotion from League One to the Championship. With Shrewsbury playing Wigan away, Tuesday’s home clash with Rochdale could present an opportunity to climb into the top two. That’s something we fully expect them to grab with both hands.
Ewood Park has been a fortress in recent weeks as Tony Mowbray’s men boast 17 points from the last seven games. Danny Graham, Marcus Antonsson and Bradley Dack are all scoring goals for fun. In truth, that firepower should be far too much for the struggling visitors to handle.
Rochdale are in the relegation zone but have shown signs of improvement, losing just one of their last six in all competitions, including four league games. Keith Hill’s mne are scoring goals, but sadly concede them at a far quicker rate. That could be a telling story in this Boxing Day showdown.
Under the circumstances, it should really be a home win for Rovers, Let’s just hope the visitors can grab a consolation at some stage.
Aldershot Town v Woking
National League rivals Aldershot and Woking enter the derby in equally poor form, which is why neither defence can enter this one with any real sense of confidence. Nonetheless, with home advantage on their side, Gary Waddock will expect his team to prevail.
The hosts have scored 22 times in 12 home games this term, winning half and drawing one quarter. Despite those recent struggles, they still have more than enough quality to score goals. Given that their rivals have shipped 19 on the road, the Shots are more than capable of grabbing two or more.
Woking are in poor form, and are now looking very unlikely to reach the play-offs. Anthony Limbrick’s men are scoring but enter this clash following back-to-back 2-1 losses. It wouldn’t be overly surprising to see them register a similar outcome here.
Aldershot won both fixtures at the same stage last year, and will be aiming to do the same again over the course of this Boxing Day-New Year’s Day double header. We think they will, but with Woking getting on the scoresheet too.