Only four of the ten Premier League fixtures over the weekend featured three or more goals, but we are hoping for some post-Christmas net-bulgers on Boxing Day in Fulham v Southampton, Reading v Swansea City and Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur.
Both Fulham and Villa will have wished the lack of goals trend this past weekend had continued into their games, but how boring would that have been? It also would have lessened the Christmas cheer at Liverpool and Chelsea.
Faith in the magic of Christmas will be restored if Ol’ Saint Nick can give us goals aplenty this Boxing Day.
I hope you’ve all been good this year or we might just get a lump of coal in our stocking (was going to make a very witty Carlton Cole joke, but he scored a cracker against Everton on Saturday to ruin that).
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Just think: if you win, you could even afford to hire a van to cart those unwanted presents away to the nearest landfill.
Over 2.5 goals in Fulham v Southampton @ 13/20
After Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea, the Cottagers have now featured in more games with three or more goals than anyone else in the top flight.
It is not necessarily a statistic to be proud of as Fulham’s record continued with their 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday, but it certainly makes them a nailed-on selection for a Goals Galore coupon.
Southampton have become more solid at the back recently, having been leakier than a hedgehog’s hot water bottle earlier in the campaign, but their loss to Sunderland showed that they can still be prone to some crazy episodes at the back.
The goals in this clash might be reliant on Fulham wanting to prove a point after their limp display at the weekend, but it should be mentioned that five of the Saints’ seven away games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
(Read a full Fulham v Southampton betting preview here)
Over 2.5 goals in Reading v Swansea @ 3/4
Referring to the improvement in Southampton’s defence, it became noticeable once their goals conceded statistic was overtaken by Reading, who have conceded 37 times in their 18 games so far.
In relation to this match, the Royals’ eight league games at the Madejski Stadium have seen 33 strikes, and that doesn’t include the 7-5 loss to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
The Swans have been slightly more pragmatic this season and only two of their eight away games have featured three or more goals.
However, with Michu up against the Reading defence, I wouldn’t be averse to thinking that the former Rayo Vallecano man could break the 2.5-goal barrier all by himself.
(Read a full Reading v Swansea betting preview here)
Over 2.5 goals in Aston Villa v Tottenham @ 4/5
I was at a crossroads with this selection. Villa’s defence has improved dramatically since Paul Lambert reverted to three at the back and they kept Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Liverpool to a single goal at Anfield last week… but then they played Chelsea.
There is nothing that can ruin a Christmas quite like an 8-0 thrashing and Villa will no doubt look to put that right on Boxing Day as Spurs come to town.
Andre Villas-Boas was only able to guide his men to a 0-0 draw against Stoke at the weekend, but when he takes them on the road, things just seem to open up.
All eight of Tottenham’s league trips in the 2012/13 campaign have seen over 2.5 goals scored and with Villa coming off the back of their biggest trouncing in all of their 3,936 top flight games (thank you, OptaJoe), this one has goals written all over it.
(Read a full Aston Villa v Tottenham betting preview here)
Merry Christmas and happy punting!
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