It’s often said that the fixtures over the festive period always sort the men from the boys and that is what we can expect to happen this weekend as Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham host Reading, QPR and Stoke City respectively.
Reading have absolutely no chance against the side with one of the best home records in England, while QPR still haven’t done enough to convince anyone they can win on the road, despite last week’s home win against Fulham.
Meanwhile, Spurs should ensure they maintain their traditional dominance over Stoke in London with yet another win to add to the history books.
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Man City to beat Reading @ 7/50
It is hard to imagine that there will be any accumulators this week that don’t include Manchester City.
City have lost only one home league game in more than two years – the 3-2 defeat to Man Utd at the start of the month which was also their only domestic defeat of the whole season.
Reading, on the other hand, are rooted to the bottom of the league following Monday’s 5-2 thrashing at home to Arsenal and they also prop up a table based only on away results, with only two points to their name away from the Madejski Stadium.
They are without a win on the road all season and their only points came via draws at Swansea and fellow strugglers QPR.
The Royals have lost their last six consecutive matches in the Premier League and look certain to be in the dreaded position of sitting bottom of the pile at Christmas.
The pressure is mounting on Brian McDermott and City will win this at a canter.
(Read our full betting preview of Man City v Reading here)
Newcastle to beat QPR @ 21/20
QPR have finally shaken off the embarrassing tag of being winless in the Premier League following their tense victory over Fulham last Saturday and they now travel to a side who are suffering from poor form themselves.
Nevertheless, QPR haven’t beaten Newcastle since 1995, losing four and drawing two of the six meetings since then.
They lost 2-0 at St James’ Park last season and, perhaps more tellingly, they haven’t won away from home against anybody in the top flight since November 19th, 2011.
Newcastle’s form this season has been giving Alan Pardew cause for concern and they have won just one of their last four at St James’ Park.
They have, however, triumphed over West Brom, Tottenham, Norwich, Wigan, Bordeaux, Bruges and Atromitos at home this season and so they are far from being a pushover.
It might be tight, but the Magpies should come out on top.
(Read our full betting preview of Newcastle v QPR here)
Tottenham to beat Stoke @ 3/5
Spurs have won five in a row at White Hart Lane in all competitions and have won five out of their last six at all venues.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men have the fourth-best home record in the Premier League this season, winning five, drawing two and losing two, and their hard-fought win over Swansea last Sunday moved them back into the Champions League qualifying spots once again.
On Saturday they face a team who they have historically always done well against on home soil. Stoke’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in 2009 was their only triumph over Spurs there since 1975 and also the last time they picked up all three points by the Seven Sisters Road.
Tony Pulis’ men have won just once on their travels all season and have picked up just eight points from a possible 27.
Expect them to be dogged and determined as usual, but expect a Tottenham win in the end.
(Real our full betting preview on Spurs v Stoke here)
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