In the final programme of festive football games, will my first betting tips of 2018 be more accurate than some of the poor predictions I made in the latter part of 2017?
Southampton vs Crystal Palace (January 3, 03:45 GMT+8)
The way the congested fixture period has favoured some clubs is why I’m favouring the hosts here.
They will have had the bonus of 24 hours extra recovery than Palace going into this, and I think that will prove crucial.
My 🌟🌟🌟 tip is over 2.50 goals @ 2.06, with a 🌟 extra bet of First Half 1X2 Southampton @ 2.57.
Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 3, 03:45 GMT+8)
The arrival of a new manager in Carlos Carvalhal made an immediate impact with the thrilling last-gasp win at Watford.
Suddenly, Swansea are a victory away from climbing out of the bottom three.
However, after only their fourth success in 21 Premier League matches, it’s still a big ask to match the achievements of predecessor Paul Clement who triggered such a positive response—with a stronger squad—when he was appointed 12 months ago.
Spurs, fresh from a week’s rest, will surely prove too strong.
My 2 x 🌟🌟🌟 tips are First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 Spurs @ 2.12 and Over 2.75 goals @ 1.99.
West Ham United vs West Bromwich Albion (January 3, 03:45 GMT+8)
Again, the fixture list and the differing rest periods between games plays a key factor in this prediction.
With West Brom in action 48 hours before this match – West Ham have two games in a similar space of time later in the week – fitness could play a key part.
West Brom could also be bottom going into this one which isn’t good for morale.
I’m going for a 🌟 tip of First Half 1X2 West Ham United @ 2.65 and a 🌟🌟🌟 bet of Over 2.25 goals @ 2.12.
A short explanation on how our (🌟) bets are worth:
🌟🌟🌟 = £20
🌟🌟 = £10
🌟 = £5
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.