The skies will be lit up at midnight on New Year’s Eve as we see out the old year and see in the new one, and those fireworks will be just that little bit brighter if the Premier League can provide goals aplenty in the games between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Chelsea, and Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool.
This punter only got one from three on Boxing Day, with the games at Reading and Fulham being uncharacteristically low-scoring. However, on the last weekend before 2013 we are bound to have teams vying for a big end to the year, with defenders hopefully keeping one eye on their new year festivities.
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Now let’s start at the Theatre of Dreams (unless you’re a defender, in which case it is more like the Theatre of Daydreams).
Over 2.5 goals in Manchester Utd v West Brom @ 1/2
If points were awarded for excitement, then United would have the Premier League title sewn up by now.
Their astonishing record of conceding first and coming back to win has encapsulated fans worldwide, no doubt added a few more grey hairs to Sir Alex Ferguson’s bonce and most importantly, made them ripe for Goals Galore coupons.
Their knack of winning from losing positions guarantees at least three goals per game and with West Brom’s top-four form including regular goals from the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long, it seems very possible that the same could occur in this one.
Thanks to the addition of Robin van Persie, United have scored 48 goals in 19 league games, but have also conceded 28, just five less than in the whole of last season, and with eight of nine games at Old Trafford featuring three or more goals, this one seems to be a near certainty for net bothering.
Over 2.5 goals in Everton v Chelsea @ 83/100
The Toffees have lost just twice in 19 games in the league this season and the return of Rafa Benitez to Merseyside should ensure that this is a fascinating encounter on Sunday afternoon.
Despite only managing one goal in their win at Norwich, Chelsea have been scoring more goals than some teams get throw-ins in their last few games, bagging 13 in their two outings before the trip to Carrow Road.
Everton have won three of their last four games and all by a 2-1 scoreline. Without the influential Marouane Fellaini they have been a bit softer in the middle, but still getting the job done with victories over West Ham and Wigan.
Both have been potent going forward and soft at the back in recent games, so when they clash at Goodison Park it won’t be surprising to see Tim Howard and Petr Cech called upon more often than they would like.
Over 2.5 goals in QPR v Liverpool @ 9/10
The final game of the weekend sees Harry Redknapp’s QPR entertain a Liverpool side who cannot decide whether they want to challenge for the top four or not.
A dominant win over Fulham before Christmas was followed by a limp defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day, but crucially for this article, both games saw four goals go in.
The Reds have started to look more clinical in front of goal of late, but equally have shown their defensive frailties with some sloppy defending costing them dearly in the game at the Britannia.
The Hoops have still not quite improved as much as most anticipated when Redknapp took over the reins and they were beaten 2-1 by West Brom at Loftus Road last time out.
This was an enthralling five-goal thriller last season, with Rangers coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2. A repeat of that would round this treble off nicely.
Enjoy the last weekend of Premier League action and have a very Happy New Year!
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