As the post-Christmas clean-up begins, we find ourselves lodged in that week of purgatory between Christmas and New Year.
It has been a phenomenal year as far as sporting success goes and a good way of ensuring that we see 2013 in with a bang will be to bring home this four-match 11/1 accumulator.
Thwarted again by the weather on Boxing Day as Leyton Orient’s match against Swindon was called off – though admittedly, Swansea and Inverness’ inability to beat their respective opponents didn’t help – we will hope and pray that the four matches picked here avoid the weather hazards to give us a fighting chance of securing some party funds.
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That’s just about enough cash to throw a new year’s party to remember, or forget, depending on how much of it is spent on drink.
Manchester United to beat West Brom @ 3/10
Kevin Keegan’s infamous ‘love it’ speech is seen as the moment Sir Alex Ferguson saw off the challenge of Newcastle United, but a decade and a half later, Fergie is still rubbing salt into the wounds.
Having won the Premier League Title in that 1995/96 season and nine times further since, he has now decided to win the league this year by using Keegan’s own tactics of ‘score as many as you want; we’ll score more’.
The 4-3 win over the Magpies on Saturday was the umpteenth time United have fallen behind but come back to win in 2012/13 and it must have made Steve Clarke take a deep breath and wonder what on earth his Baggies will need to do to take anything from their trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.
West Brom remain in the race for the top four and picked up a valuable three points at QPR on Boxing Day, but no matter how well they are doing or how many goals they will score in this match, United will score more… they just will.
Stoke to beat Southampton @ 3/4
The Potters have been in imperious form at home and boast one of the best defensive records in Europe after conceding just four times in nine games at the Britannia this season.
Their comfortable 3-1 triumph over Liverpool on Boxing Day was a sign of how far they have progressed under Tony Pulis and it would take a brave man to bet against Stoke in any home game this season.
Southampton picked up a respectable draw at Fulham last time out and will be hopeful of adding to the four points from eight away games they have managed since promotion from the Championship.
There were doubts about Stoke’s scoring abilities after averaging only one goal per home game before Boxing Day, but their clinical finishing against Brendan Rodgers’ side dispelled many of those worries and they will be strong favourites to win this clash.
Peterborough to beat Bristol City @ 37/20
One of my mortal enemies this season (not to be over dramatic), Peterborough have a chance here to pay me back for all the money they have cost me by inconsiderately winning games they shouldn’t have.
The Posh have been rooted to the bottom of the table for much of the season, but their rare away triumphs at Hull and Cardiff have ruined more than one of my coupons this season.
Having achieved a very impressive 3-0 win at Wolves on Boxing Day, Darren Ferguson’s side will be confident of picking up another away success at the team who currently occupy last place and have won just one point from their last six at home – Bristol City.
Despite their struggles this campaign, Peterborough have won four of their 12 away games, whereas Derek McInnes’ charges have the worst home record in the division, so 37/20 is far too good to turn down here.
Swindon to beat Colchester @ 17/20
The Robins’ last outing saw them smash Tranmere 5-0, whereas Colchester were beaten at home for the fifth time in 12 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium 3-1 by Brentford.
The Us have been on a terrible run of late, losing their last six games, including three at home, and eight of their previous ten overall in League One.
Paolo Di Canio’s side have been going the other way up the division and currently sit fifth, having also won their last away trip at Oldham.
Swindon’s ability to exploit weakness leads me to think this could be rather a comfortable away win at 17/20 to wrap up our last coupon of 2012.
Happy punting and Happy New Year!
See you for more accumulator fun in 2013…
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