With less than two weeks to go until the big day (Boxing Day, when there’s loads of footy on, not Christmas Day. There’s no footy on Christmas Day) I’ve found four fixtures that I reckon can fill the coffers just in time to buy some festive Michael Buble tickets… or tickets to a monster truck show.
After somehow not being able to predict that Norwich would win 4-3 at the Liberty Stadium last week, I think it’s time to stop trying to play it safe and go for a draw (intense music plays).
As well as my 10/1 acca, I had a moment of inspiration at 2.50pm last Saturday and put money on a couple of stalemates at Villa Park and the Valley, and they both came up trumps.
Stick with me, kid, and between us we’ll find more ties than the fathers of the world combined will on Christmas morning.
If you dare to follow this brave, courageous (and almost certainly not daft) accumulator than you might wish to lump the free £20 bet you receive for signing up to bwin today on this foursome and give yourself a chance at £223.78 in prize money.
What do you mean Buble’s sold out?
Hull to beat Huddersfield @ 3/4
As well as Norwich, the Tigers ruined my coupon last week as they bested in-form Watford at Vicarage Road. If you can’t beat them, bet on them.
Hull have been on a very impressive run of form of late, capped by that 2-1 triumph last weekend, and sit fourth in the Championship table.
Steve Bruce’s outfit have won six of their ten games at the KC Stadium this season, though it must be remembered that their Yorkshire rivals have won four of ten on the road.
Huddersfield have performed above expectations after promotion last season, and have an eleven point safety net above the relegation zone in England’s second tier. However, I feel that the home side will have too much for them in the early kick-off.
Stoke and Everton to draw @ 11/5
Having done some research ahead of this game, it became apparent that of all the fixtures this weekend, it’s this clash at the Britannia Stadium which is most likely to produce a bore draw.
Not only did Tony Pulis’ Stoke side draw 0-0 at Aston Villa last week, but they have scored only seven goals in seven games at home, and conceded a stingy two.
Everton and Stoke have both drawn half of their games in 2012/13, and played out a 1-1 draw in this fixture last May.
The Toffees have been in tremendous form of late, including their late 2-1 win over Tottenham last weekend, but the Potters are undefeated at home, and I predict it will stay that way beyond Saturday.
Cardiff to beat Peterborough @ 7/20
This should go down as my ‘shoo-in of the week’, but I’m far too dignified to have a gimmick like that, so consider Cardiff to beat Peterborough to be my ‘match-that-will-almost-certainly-win-you-money of the week’.
Put simply, the Red Dragons (still getting used to that) are top of the Championship, while the Posh are rock bottom.
Cardiff have won all ten of their home games this season, while Peterborough have lost seven of ten on their travels.
I don’t think much more needs to be said. Cardiff will beat Peterborough. If I had a mortgage, I would put it on this.
There: I’m pretty sure I’ve said enough to ensure that Darren Ferguson’s side win about 5-0 now.
Bournemouth to beat Colchester @ 12/25
We end in League One, and for a change, we will know by the time the classified football results are read out on Saturday evening whether we can afford another week of heating.
The Cherries have been transformed since the return of manager Eddie Howe, and have picked up 14 points from their previous six games.
Bournemouth drew their last home game with Stevenage, but before that had enjoyed four wins in a row at Dean Court.
Colchester, on the other hand, have the third-worst away record in League One, winning only two and losing six from ten. Another victory for Howe’s boys looks nailed on in this one.
That rounds us off for another week, then. I feel good about that draw lodged in between three home wins.
If Stoke or Everton win by three or more goals, then I promise to do next week’s article while sitting in a bath of beans.
You’ll just have to take my word for it.
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