Things just couldn’t be going better at the moment. I’ve had a little tally up, and 9 of my last 12 football tips I’ve posted here have been winners; the latest being Inter to beat AC Milan and BTTS in the Saints v Spurs game.
Confidence really couldn’t be higher at the moment, but I won’t let that affect the way I make my selections. Here are what I consider the best bets for Boxing Day.
Hull City v Manchester United
This was the first game that jumped off the page at me. Many may disagree but Manchester United have been looking a little better lately, and while Hull have only been defeated just once at the KC Stadium so far this season and conceded only 3 goals, I can see this being a pivotal point for David Moyes team. I can see them winning by a couple.
Hull’s home record is fantastic but when you look at who they’ve played there so far it doesn’t really give the same kind of effect. They’ve played 8 at home so far; beating Liverpool, Sunderland, West Ham and Norwich. Losing to Crystal Palace, and drawing with Cardiff, Villa and Stoke.
The win against Liverpool aside, Hull haven’t really beaten much. People may then say that United aren’t the same team they were last season. My answer would be that they are, but they just haven’t really clicked under Moyes yet.
Hull will attempt to frustrate United, as they do most teams that visit the KC, but United know the importance of this clash and I think they’ll come good. The 21/20 for the -1 asian handicap (money back if they win by 1, full win if they win by more) looks good enough to me.
Norwich v Fulham
Call me crazy or mad, but I think Fulham have a fairly good chance of taking all 3 points at Carrow Road. The thought of it is a little bit ‘out there’, so I’ve toned it down a little bit for some insurance and plumped for Fulham double chance as I just don’t think they lose this game.
Since the arrival of Rene Meulensteen actual results haven’t improved a great deal, but they are at least scoring a couple of goals now. Their temporary comeback from 0-2 against City was encouraging, and a clash with goal shy Norwich is nowhere near as daunting a prospect.
The Canaries will be very pleased with their recent run of form (just 1 defeat in last 5) but the fact is they just don’t look any good in front of goal. Fulham won’t have to be at their best to get a point from their trip to Norfolk, although I feel they might actually surprise us. I’m more than happy to have Fulham and the draw here.