It was a merry Christmas for a number of the B.B tipsters with plenty of winners in football, racing and beyond. Full details in our festive round-up...
"In the Premier League, Mike had an excellent Boxing day with six winning bets from the eight matches previewed including the 2-1 Spurs win over Leicester at 9.617/2, for a huge profit of 12.06 points."
Starting off with our very own tipping Santa, Mike Norman, who has been delivering gifts in the form of winners throughout the festive period.
Following on from his three from three in the Championship the Saturday before Christmas where he napped Birmingham at 3.412/5 to win away at Huddersfield, Mike had two from three on Boxing Day and two from three on Sunday (Dec 28).
From the three rounds of Christmas Championship fixtures, Mike had an impressive seven winners from nine selections, for a profit of 10.3 points.
In the Premier League, Mike had an excellent Boxing day with six winning bets from the eight matches previewed including the 2-1 Spurs win over Leicester at 9.617/2, for a huge profit of 12.06 points.
There were a couple of big priced winners for Joe Dyer and Dan Thomas in the bumper Christmas Editors' Betting Battle, with both landing correct score bets.
Joe extended his lead with a huge 9.5 back of 0-0 in Aston Villa v Sunderland, while Dan ended his horror losing run with a 9.617/2 bet on Tottenham beating Leicester 2-1 on Boxing Day.
It was a good Christmas for the Big Match Tactical View column, with Alan Thompson landing a double in Newcastle v Sunderland (0-0 HT score at 3.02/1 and second half to have most goals at 2.25), a pair of winners in Liverpool v Arsenal as both over 2.5 and over 3.5 goals landed at 3.02/1 and 2.35/4 (in-running) and backing Chelsea to beat West Ham to nil, at 2.25 and -1.5 goals at 2.01/1. Michael Cox backed Chelsea/Chelsea in the HT/FT market on that game at 2.01/1.
Paul Robinson's Against All Odds column had four winners out of five last week for an overall profit of 4.63pts. Hearts featured twice as he opposed over 2.5 goals in both of their games and they won 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Kevin Hatchard had 5/7 winners on the daily Bet of the Day column for a profit of 2.61 points. This included three odds-against winners, biggest of which was Over 2.5 Goals in Trapani v Avellino.
Finally on the football front where a bet back from September landed for Ralph Ellis, who advised laying Alan Pardew in the next manager to leave market when he was odds on to get the sack at 1.422/5. The bet paid out when Neil Warnock received his marching orders at Palace - which looks like Pardew's next destination going by the weight of money behind him, as Michael Lintorn explains.
On to racing, where Irish racing expert Tony Keenan landed two big prices winners on his Christmas Leopardstown preview, as Road to Riches and Space Cadet came home at around 8.07/1, for a profit of 12 points.
Big prices tipster Tony Calvin had a profitable Christmas thanks to Dolatulo, who won at Wetherby at a BSP of 16.34 on Boxing Day.
On to rugby where Simon Mail had plenty of winners with Northampton beating Leicester by 1-12 at 2.35/4 and Wasps defeating London Irish by over 12 points at 2.111/10 on the weekend before Christmas and Northampton winning by under 12.5 points at 2.47/5 at Harlequins and Wasps beating Gloucester at 2.26/5 on the weekend just gone.
Sticking with the oval ball, but adding a few shoulder pads, where Neil Harvey tipped the winners of all three NFL live TV games on the weekend before Christmas. He picked five winners out of five on the match handicaps, each at even money.
Finishing up with the greyhounds where Darrell Williams backed Peterborough at 12/1 winner for the BAGS Trainers Championship and had three from six on individual selections for the BAGS Championship races, ensuring a profitable week for the column.