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ERIC DEN­MAN

To­day is the start of the silly sea­son in the Bri­tish Premier League with teams play­ing four games each over 11 days. I could live with that if it was the 1950’s with no flood­lights and fields un­der wa­ter with no proper drainage but the Poms just won’t evolve like the bal­ance of Europe. Af­ter this week­end we have an­other 10 fix­tures on Box­ing Day so we will do our best to cover all 20. In to­day’s early game, Ar­se­nal host Burn­ley. Ar­se­nal will be fum­ing af­ter los­ing their 22-game un­beaten run but we can’t make money be­cause the Gun­ners are 1-4 af­ter win­ning this fix­ture 5-0 last sea­son. The big rel­e­ga­tion game has Huddersfield host­ing Southamp­ton and with both games end­ing 0-0 and 1-1 last sea­son the draw bet at 22-10 is my fore­cast. The next match has a 1-6 favourite when Manch­ester City host Crys­tal Palace and that’s be­cause the score last year was 5-0 to City. Le­ices­ter travel to Stam­ford Bridge in the mid­dle of a bad run with only one vic­tory in six games and once again book­mak­ers only of­fer us a fee­ble 7-20 on Chelsea. Bournemouth are go­ing through a bad spell but are my choice to beat Brighton by the same 2-1 score-line as last sea­son. West Ham have won four on the bounce and look great val­ues at 14-10 to beat Wat­ford in their Lon­don derby and they could form a prof­itable dou­ble with New­cas­tle to beat Ful­ham at just un­der 4-1. I haven’t got space to waste on Manch­ester United af­ter their gut­less and clue­less per­for­mance against Liver­pool but I am go­ing to miss the ‘psy­chopath’. Wolves played un­beaten Liver­pool last night. On Box­ing Day, Crys­tal Palace look a good punt to beat Cardiff who have just one point from a pos­si­ble 24 on the road. Burn­ley were un­lucky to lose in the last minute against Spurs and could force a draw at 5-2 at home to Ever­ton. Spurs should beat Bournemouth at Wem­b­ley but won’t have my money at ridicu­lous odds of 2-7. Liver­pool can only be used in mul­ti­ple bets when that host New­cas­tle at An­field where book­mak­ers have priced up 1-6. Manch­ester City are the only team that I would risk big money on when they travel to Le­ices­ter who they beat 5-1 and 2-0 last sea­son. In Wed­nes­day night’s games, Ar­se­nal have a tricky trip to Brighton but 7-10 could well tempt Ar­se­nal fans. The late kick-off at 9.30pm has the Lon­don derby when Wat­ford host Chelsea. With Chelsea at 13-20 their fans could get on a late night dou­ble with Ar­se­nal which works out at 2-1. That could give you a bankroll for next week’s feast of an­other 20 games in­clud­ing New Year’s Day fix­tures on Tues­day.

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