Monday Premier League Tipsheet: In-form sides to produce goals at Vicarage Road

In-form Watford, managed by Quique Flores, can prduce an entertaining game with Spurs
In-form Watford, managed by Quique Flores, can prduce an entertaining game with Spurs

There's no rest for the wicked at this time of the year and with the Premier League games coming thick and fast Mike Norman has supplied a tipsheet and recommended bets for all five of Monday's 3pm kick-offs...

"The Hornets have averaged more than two goals per game in that recent spell of good form, and remarkably, a win here will take Quique Flores' men level on points with Spurs who are currently fourth in the table."

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.1211/10 in Watford v Tottenham

Crystal Palace 2.0621/20 v Swansea 4.47/2; The Draw 3.55/2

I suggested prior to Boxing Day's fixtures that Swansea might be on the verge of a return back to form, and a victory over West Brom while keeping a clean sheet will certainly have done wonders for their confidence.

Palace also kept a clean sheet on Saturday, drawing 0-0 with in-form Bournemouth, a result that moved them up to fifth in the table and just two points off a Champions League slot.

On the balance of what we've seen this season Alan Pardew's men deserve to be favourites to win this game, but the fact that Swansea have just kept back-to-back clean sheets and are seemingly getting back to where they were earlier in the season, it's hard to put the home side up as a confident selection, especially given they've accumulated more points on the road this term.

A tentative wager on the Draw has to be the call, an outcome that I'm sure both sides would probably settle for over this tricky festive period.

Recommended Bet
Back The Draw @ 3.55/2

Everton 2.111/10 v Stoke 4.1; The Draw 3.613/5

Although the perception was that Everton were in quite decent form, going eight games unbeaten before losing to Leicester last week, they'd actually only defeated Aston Villa and Sunderland in the league since September, add to that Newcastle on Saturday night.

In fact, Roberto Martinez's men have won six Premier League games this term, and all six have came against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Contrast Everton's form with Stoke then, a side that in recent weeks have defeated the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

Also consider that Mark Hughes' men have been excellent away from home this term, recording six clean sheets from their last seven away games no less, and I definitely believe the value lies with backing The Potters here.

Recommended Bet
Back Stoke to Win @ 4.1

Norwich 2.0421/20 v Aston Villa 4.216/5; The Draw 3.613/5

This is such a tough game to call. I said prior to Saturday that Villa really couldn't afford not to win. They didn't win of course, and they're now nine points from safety. The team they're nine points adrift of is Norwich, so this really is a game Remi Garde's men need to take all three points from.

The problem is, I just don't think Villa are good enough and they're absolutely destined for the drop (unless they pull a few rabbits from the hat in the transfer window that is).

It's also difficult for me to say with any confidence that Alex Neil's men will win this game as I've been saying all season that The Canaries are my bankers to go down.

I'm not going to change my opinion on both sides, and I wouldn't be surprised if a crucial match between two poor teams ended up finishing all square.

Recommended Bet
Back The Draw @ 3.613/5

Watford 3.814/5 v Tottenham 2.26/5; The Draw 3.613/5

Watford followed up their four consecutive victories with a tremendous 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Boxing Day so they could hardly have more confidence going into another all-London clash.

The Hornets have averaged more than two goals per game in that recent spell of good form, and remarkably, a win here will take Quique Flores' men level on points with Spurs who are currently fourth in the table.

But Tottenham have been in decent form all season, losing just two of their 18 league games while making smooth progress in the Europa League. They've just won back-to-back games without conceding, and with Harry Kane bang in form again, I really believe we're in for a cracker here.

I was very surprised to see that we can back Over 2.5 Goals at above evens, so that's where we will place our 'best bet' cash on Monday.

Recommended Bet
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.1211/10
(best bet)

West Brom 2.35/4 v Newcastle 3.613/5; The Draw 3.412/5

It's now five games without a win for West Brom since they recorded that fine victory over Arsenal, but I don't think it's time to panic just yet.

The Baggies have drawn with Liverpool and Tottenham in that time, and they lost narrowly to Swansea on Saturday in a game that was very much played in the middle of the park with neither side creating many chances.

Newcastle recorded two wins on the bounce against Liverpool and Tottenham no less, but they then could manage only a draw at home to Villa before suffering a demoralising last-gasp defeat to Everton in front of their own fans.

My gut feeling is that, despite the clean sheets not being so regular now for Tony Pulis' men, Albion have just that tad more about them than Newcastle, and they ought to make home advantage tell.

Recommended Bet
Back West Brom to Win @ 2.35/4


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Premier League 2015/16 Season P/L

Staked: 110 pts
Returned: 108.23 pts
P/L: -1.77 pts

*based on 1pt each bet, 2pts best bet

**2014/15 P/L = +35.3 pts from 215 staked (ROI = 16.42%)

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