The action is coming thick and fast now and it’s a bit of a taks keeping up with everything. However, after a refund on Manchester United and another win on Fulham this Boxing Day, that takes my record to 10 wins, 1 refund and just 3 losses from my last 14 advised bets. I’m very happy with that indeed and hope that readers have been following and making a few pennies.
The majority of this weekends games are on Sunday but I’ve found a couple of matches on Saturday that appeal. Here are my tips:
Norwich v Manchester United
Kick off – 3.00pm
I advised exactly the same bet on Manchester United on Boxing Day for their visit to Hull, which resulted in a refund. I’m very happy to take this bet for their visit to Carrow Road.
Norwich lost 1-2 to Fulham on Boxing Day (I advised Fulham double chance), and that really would’ve hit them hard. The fact that the Canaries led the game will be even more frustrating for them. That loss was their first at home in 5 games, and now they face a United side that are seeking their 6th successive win in all competitions.
Wayne Rooney scored a great volley on Boxing Day to record his first goal in 6 games, and we may see him finding some form now.
The odds against about United -1 asian handicap look pretty generous. I was half tempted to back them for the outright win at around 1.6 but I can see David Moyes side winning this by a clear 2 goals, and will swallow the refund if they win by just 1 goal.
Cardiff v Sunderland
Kick off – 5.30pm
I just don’t like Cardiff at all. They are not Premier League material at this stage and that was blatantly evident in their 0-3 home humbling on Boxing Day at the hands of Southampton.
That said, Sunderland are hardly setitng the world alight but I’d be very confident of the Black Cats avoiding defeat in Wales here. Their 1-0 win at Goodison Park a couple of days ago will have done wonders for confidence levels, and they are now just 3 points adrift of safety from the relegation zone.
Sunderland can be backed at around 3.3 (9/4) to take the spoils, but I think there’s plenty of value in the 1.67 (4/6) that Sky Bet are offering about them simply to avoid defeat (double chance).
Gus Poyet’s side are undefeated in 4 games in all competitions (as well as their last 3 away games), and I just don’t see a lacklustre Cardiff side taking all 3 points form this clash.