Burnley v Newcastle: Danny Ings To Score At Any Time – 2.85
Have Burnley turned the corner? Where does the corner lead to? Are they just heading into another cul-de-sac?
Questions still remain over the Clarets’ ability to stay in the Premier League, but picking up seven points from the last nine available to them has at least answered some critics.
Forward Danny Ings has been key to that recent accumulation, scoring three in his last two, and against a Newcastle side minus goalkeeper Tim Krul and plus the reminder of what defeat feels like after their loss at West Ham, Ings can only get better, can’t he?
Leicester v Liverpool: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.89
The prospect of Liverpool keeping two consecutive clean sheets will have pigs everywhere checking to see if they’re sprouting wings, and so even a bottom of the table Leicester will fancy their chances of beating Simon Mignolet.
The Foxes’ 3-2 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday saw 51 attempts at goal – the most in any Premier League match since the 2006/07 season – and whilst it’s a huge temptation to back a recovering Liverpool to win with both teams netting at a healthy 4.10, the question marks that remain over the Reds suggest that we must play it safe.
Manchester United v Stoke: Wayne Rooney To Score At Any Time – 2.10
With five in his last four for club and country and three in his last two home matches against Stoke, there no wonder why Louis van Gaal has claimed that Wayne Rooney is in ‘great’ form ahead of the visit of the Potters.
The Dutchman also admitted that there is a slight doubt over Rooney’s fitness but he should be fit to face Mark Hughes’ side, who despite being resilient against Liverpool will still be susceptible to the age-old ‘Former Manchester United player returning to Old Trafford as an away manager’ syndrome.
Expect Rooney to take advantage.
Swansea v QPR: Both Teams To Score – 1.85
Both sides have netted in six of Swansea’s last eight games, whilst that aforementioned QPR v Leicester clash showcased that Harry Redknapp’s men like to keep things open at both front and back.
With Wilfried Bony and Charlie Austin both in fine form then the goalscorer markets certainly tempt here, but the price for both sides to score is a decent one and should certainly be approached confidently.
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa: Aston Villa To Score First (DNB) – 2.28
Palace have conceded the first goal in each of their last four games, whilst Villa have bagged the opener in three of their last four.
Sometimes betting logic is as simple as that, and whilst you wouldn’t be in a rush to back Villa to follow up that opening goal by getting a positive result (Both Teams To Score is 2.02), they could at least prolong a trend which will concern Palace’s Neil Warnock.
West Brom v West Ham: West Ham To Win – 3.05
Alan Irvine has achieved just one home league win in charge of West Bromwich Albion, and you get the sense that he has made even fewer friends.
December seems like a crucial month for the Scot, and against a West Ham side who looked back to their old selves against Newcastle he could get it off to a disappointing start.
Enner Valencia is back in training for the Hammers following an injury, but a more important return for Sam Allardyce is that of Winston Reid after suspension, with the centre-back potentially a rock on which a win can be built.