December is here, Christmas is just around the corner and I can’t wait to get stuck into a month of quality footy!
The festive schedule is brutal this year, which makes the upcoming games in December even more important for Clubs to get points on the board, before the games come thick and fast…
Let’s have a look at this weekend’s matches…
Chelsea v Newcastle
It’s got to be Chelsea all day long here hasn’t it?! They haven’t lost in their last five Premier League games and are still the same old defensively sound, well organised side of last year.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they went on a proper run now in the build up to Christmas, where they’ll want to keep the pressure on United and City, for sure.
After a quality start, Newcastle have had a pretty dire run recently – not being rude! They haven’t won a game in their last 5 and unfortunately, when they come to Stamford Bridge this weekend, it’s going to be another pointless game for them.
Chelsea win this comfortably: 3-0 to the boys in blue (6/1)!
Brighton v Liverpool
How good were Liverpool in the week?! WOW!
Mo Salah is just unreal! Chelsea must be kicking themselves for letting him go. Fair enough, he wasn’t the finished article when he was in West London, but if they had a bit more patience with him, just look at the player they’d have on their side. He’s top goal scorer in the league and he’s first goal scorer (7/2) when the Scousers head down to the South coast.
Brighton are OK at home and I don’t mind watching them, but if Mane is back for Liverpool he’ll add another string to Jurgen Klopp’s attacking bow and it further backs up my view that Liverpool will win this comfortably and at 1/2, I think it’s a fair price.
Everton v Huddersfield
What did I tell you about Everton, ay?! What did I tell ya?!
If they were going to get a result against anyone, it would be against West Ham – mind you I didn’t expect them to hammer The Hammers 4-0!! The Irons got well and truly ironed out didn’t they!!!
This will be a bit of turning point for The Toffees now. Big Sam will come in and instill the belief in the players that’s been missing all season. He’s a safe pair of hands, has never been relegated and although I might have liked to have seen a young, fresh manager come in; he’s old school and Everton’s an old school club: it could be a match made in heaven.
Huddersfield got ironed out by Arsenal in the week (called it!) and after a tough game against City the game before, they will be desperate for a win, but they are playing Everton a game too late and away from home.
New manager, new Everton: back them to win 3-0 at 11/1!
Leicester v Burnley
We’re going with Leicester here, Ladies and Gents – they will be absolutely buzzing after beating Spurs in the week and Vardz is obviously not missing his Mrs too much is he?! He’s absolutely on fire!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always spoken highly about Sean Dyche and what he’s done with this Burnley squad. They’re in an awesome position sitting in 6th place – what if he got them into Europe?! Imagine the party at Turf Moore – I might have to make a trip up North if they do the business!!
Don’t ask me why, but I just feel like Leicester are going to get the win here. Vardy will bag and I’d back him to do so any time at Evens.
Stoke v Swansea
Hmm… another tough one to call, this.
Swansea are in trouble this season, if you ask The Bulldog. Joint bottom of the table with Palace (who will be out of trouble if they stay on this upward curve), they’ve lost four out of their last five Premier League games and they are away from home against Stoke, who will fancy themselves against this Swans side.
Hughesy’s boys will be looking to get it down and play some nice footy, especially in front of their own fans.
Don’t get me wrong, I do give Stoke a bit of stick in my weekly BetBright predcitions, because they can be so hit and miss, but, and it’s a big BUT… I can only see a Potters win here: my BANKER of the weekend is Stoke HT/FT at 2/1… have a bit of that!
Watford v Spurs
This is a very interesting one… two young, exceptionally talented managers, not afraid to give youth a chance going toe-to-toe in a (kind of) local derby.
Some people are talking about a meltdown at Spurs… hold on for two seconds, get back in your box: they’re fine. Results haven’t gone the way they’d have hoped in their last couple of games, but meltdown is a bit drastic.
Dele Alli hasn’t been at it and Eriksen might have taken his foot off the gas a little bit since his hat-trick against Ireland, but there’s still more than enough firepower in that Spurs side to get something at Watford.
Silva is exceptional and is a manager who I expect to go on to do big, big things in the world of football. His Watford side won’t make it easy for Spurs, but I can see Spurs just nicking it away from home.
West Brom v Crystal Palace
This is like watching football in a parallel universe!!! Hodgson at Palace and Pards at West Brom… the game’s gone mad!!
I’ve voiced my views on old managers getting the Premier League vacancies and it’s just boring now. Pards will come in to West Brom, give the side a lift and then the same old thing will happen one or two seasons down the line – it’s so disappointing not to see the young guns get a chance in the big time… oh well, what do I know?!
Palace are on an upward curve and I think they will eventually get out of the relegation zone, but ‘New Manager Syndrome’ will kick in at The Hawthorns and I reckon Pards will start his time in the black country with a win.
Arsenal v Manchester United
As I’ve said before… no one mentions Arsenal when they’re winning, do they?
There weren’t many people on social media calling Wenger a genius when they brushed Spurs aside and smashed Huddersfield during the week. Arsenal are bang in form and they’re going to win this…
WILD CARD BET of the weekend: Arsenal to win and BTTS which is 7/2 with BetBright.
Lukaku hasn’t been at it and he gets this rep as a striker who can’t bag in big games. Back him here, anytime: 7/5.
Bournemouth v Southampton
This should be a good battle down on the South Coast between two similarly matched teams, in terms of their playing styles.
Both sides like to play footy when they can and let’s have it right, both sets of fans will be bang up for this – mind you, so will the players and I’m expecting a high tempo, energetic and free flowing game. This Should be a good one.
It’ll be close, so I’m going for a Desmond here – draw and BTTS is 10/3… GET ON!!!!!
Manchester City v West Ham
Wow… as if things aren’t bad enough for West Ham… seriously, do me a favour here, Pep: play your reserves and give us at least half a chance – but saying that even they’ll probably walk all over us, the way things are at West Ham at the minute.
West Ham are a club who are in crisis now. Simple as that. Our manager is a has-been, our board seem completely clueless and our fans are NOT HAPPY. We’ve even lost 4-0 to Everton, that’s how tragic we are!!!
WEST HAM FANS LOOK AWAY NOW… The Hammers play City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Stoke then Arsenal again in their next five fixtures. Can we just fast forward to the new year?!!!
This Pep side doesn’t know how to lose – Sterling’s worldie in the last minute against Southampton is a prime example, they never give up and will take nothing but a win.
Only one result here in the late Sunday kick off: City, City, City. All Day Long.
Have a great weekend guys and good luck with your football bets!!!
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