Oppose inconsistent Red Devils
Back Burnley Double Chance v Manchester United at 2.111/10
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Manchester United swatted Newcastle aside in impressive fashion on Boxing Day but I'm not having them as odds-on chances to win at Burnley on Saturday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer's men were abject at their last away trip at Watford and have found it difficult all season against teams with men behind the ball (or, in current parlance, a 'low block') that negates their preferred counter attacking approach.
United's away form has been dreadful, with just two wins in 13, so I'm happy to take a chance on backing the Clarets to emerge with something. Sean Dyche's men have themselves been inconsistent this season, but they won last time out at Turf Moor and will be up for the battle under the lights on Saturday night.
Dan Thomas 2019-20 P/L: +£77.60
Blues to land another derby win
Back Chelsea to beat Arsenal at 2.427/5
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Jake is away.
Jake Osgathorpe 2019-20 P/L: +£27.50
Eagles to fly at St Mary's
Back Crystal Palace Double Chance at Southampton at 1.9620/21
Joe is away.
Joe Dyer's 2019-20 P/L: -£0.10
Seagulls to soar
Back Brighton to win to nil @ 3.185/40 v Bournemouth
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With my Gameweek 19 bet still to be settled in Friday's night game between Wolves v Manchester City, I've already decided I may keep up the 3.02/1 shots up to try and close the gap between myself and everybody above me, this time round I'm picking Brighton at home to Bournemouth despite both teams only having one win in their last eight.
The Cherries didn't really impress me last time out in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal, and despite getting more shots on target than their opponents, the goal that they did score means they've netted seven goals in 12 games. A measly amount.
On the flip side, Brighton played extremely well away at Tottenham on Boxing Day and will be feeling unlucky that they were defeated 2-1. They rested their top scorer Neal Maupay and defender Lewis Dunk should return from illness after missing that last matchtoo, meaning they should be a lot stronger in this game.
Both teams are on the same amount of points, with the exact same record, so expect this to be a tight one. I think Graham Potter's side have been putting in good performances recently and this is the game to turn their fortunes around. I'm backing Brighton on the win to nil market @ 3.185/40.
Jasmine Baba 2019-20 P/L: -£8.00
Hornets to carry on improving
Back Watford @ 2.0421/20 to beat Aston Villa
Nigel Pearson has made an immediate impact at Watford, and although his team have collected only four points from a possible nine you have to take into account who the Hornets faced in those three games and the manner of their performances.
Away games at Liverpool and Sheffield United, plus a home game against Manchester United, was a daunting start to Pearson's reign but he can take huge credit for the way his side battled, and played, in all three matches.
A home game against Aston Villa represents a golden opportunity for Watford to take a vital three points against a relegation rival and at a price above even money I'm willing to back them to do so.
I've been a big fan of Villa this term but there's no doubt they're not at their best currently, and that their defending isn't great. They have a few key injuries, including star midfielder John McGinn, but they were effectively blown away by Southampton last Saturday and they were extremely fortunate to beat Norwich on Boxing Day. And that's concerning.
I just feel that football, especially at this level, is all about momentum, and right now Watford look to be a team very much on the improve, while Villa are stagnating slightly, hence a home win being my recommended bet.
Mike Norman 2019-20 P/L: -£12.00