ActiveWins' 40/1 Festive Five-Fold20/12/2018
Christmas Day is so close we can almost touch it. Excited? So are we!
Before then though, we have an absolute cracker of a sporting day to look forward to. With a full football fixture list taking place and two high-quality boxing nights to get stuck into, we’ve built a juicy looking Betfred 40/1 five-fold.
We’ve explained each selection and why we think this 40/1 accumulator can provide an early Christmas present.
Ole Gunnar's Manchester United Debut to Yield Three Points
Manchester United to beat Cardiff – 4/7
In football, some scripts just write themselves. After Jose Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United, a new reign will commence under the name of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Who will his first opponent be? The only other Premier League club that he has managed – Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds have been rather inconsistent this season and find themselves hovering above the bottom three. Clean sheets have been a rarity at the Cardiff City Stadium and the Red Devils will come into the game keen to impress their new manager. Much emphasis has been made of Solskjaer’s attacking mindset during the pre-match build-up, as he is expected to unleash United’s misfiring and disjointed offensive stars.
Cardiff have only kept two clean-sheets all season and the Reds have scored in each of their last six fixtures. The player’s attitudes and performances are being tipped to improve under a fresh face and with Champions League qualification still in their sights, every fixture over this festive period is a must-win game for United. Their opponents currently sit in 16th place and have lost eleven games already this season.
Back to Back Wins for Rafa's Toon Army
Newcastle to beat Fulham – 19/20
The race for the Premier League title may be the centre of attention, but there is an equally enthralling battle taking place at the other end of the table. Fulham, now guided by the steady hand of Claudio Ranieri, have enjoyed something of a resurgence over the past few weeks. They’ve picked up points and the football has been a lot better than at the start of the season. However, in Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle, they’ll face a stern test against a side that is well drilled and hungry for a win.
While neither side is the most exciting, both have the potential to cause damage to the other. Aleksandar Mitrovic will be hoping he can show more of a goal scoring threat in the North East than he did in his time as a Newcastle player. That stint wasn’t the most successful, but he has been a revelation this season for the London outfit, scoring seven goals this season already. Newcastle, however, have their own talisman in the form of Salomon Rondon, who has impressed the Toon Army since joining on loan from West Brom and has scored four goals as well as chipping in two assists. If he’s on form then Fulham might be in trouble. It is by no means a foregone conclusion, but home advantage should be enough to see Newcastle register successive league wins for only the second time this season.
Festive Cheer for AFC Fylde
AFC Fylde to beat Ebbsfleet & Over 2.5 Goals – 15/8
If it’s goals that you’ve added to your Christmas list this year, then look no further than Dave Challinor’s AFC Fylde. Their last five matches have included no less than 19 goals, with 12 of those being netted by the Coasters.
They beat Southern League side Stratford Town by five goals to one in the FA Trophy last time out at Mill Farm and have only lost to Salford City and Leyton Orient at home in the league this season. Those two sides currently sit 1st and 2nd in the National League.
That’s proof that AFC Fylde are promotion contenders this season, meaning a home tie against 10th place Ebbsfleet is a game they should be winning. Just as they did with a 3-1 victory against the Fleet in September.
Add to the mix that six of Fylde’s eight home league victories this season would have been winners on the ‘over 2.5 goals’ bet, and this is a selection that looks a banker for Saturday.
A Whyte Christmas: Expect Fireworks in the Capital
Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora: The Fight not to last the distance – 6/5
Merry Christmas fight fans! Just three sleeps before the big day, the boxing world is serving up not one, but two mega fight nights.
First up is the eagerly anticipated re-match between rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora.
Their original bout took place in December of 2016 and, despite being a late entry, was many people’s pick for fight of the year.
It’s easy to see why, with both men on the end of some unbelievable power punches that would have rendered a lot of fighters unconscious.
Both men heard the final bell that night, but we can’t see another 12 rounds unfolding on Saturday. Whyte has developed a great deal as a fighter in the last two years, while Chisora is now being guided by David Haye – a knockout specialist of his time.
All three of Chisora’s victories since that night have come by way of knockout, and the bad blood between the two should see both men going for broke in search of a stoppage.
With a potential April world-title blockbuster at Wembley Stadium on the cards for the winner, we can’t see either fighter erring on the side of caution.
With that in mind, a shade of odds against on either man being stopped looks great value.
Frampton to Prevail in Manchester Title Fight
Carl Frampton to beat Josh Warrington on points – 11/10
It’s unfortunate that fans are being forced to pick between two superb cards on Saturday, with Matchroom and BT Sport going head to head.
Leeds fighter Josh Warrington defends his IBF world featherweight title against 2016 Ring Magazine fighter of the year Carl Frampton.
It’s a genuine 50/50 scrap between two elite men at the top of their game, and the boxing community seems genuinely split on who comes out on top.
We’re willing to stick our neck out and back Frampton to become a world champion once again.
Granted, Warrington is coming off the back of a career-best victory over Lee Selby, but Frampton has been in with a higher calibre of fighter and has much more experience of top-level boxing.
What to expect? A fast-paced fight with plenty of combinations landing.
What not to expect? A knockout. Neither man has come close to being stopped in their respective careers so far, and that is unlikely to end this weekend.
We’re backing the Jackal to prevail in what is sure to be a frantic 12 rounds of boxing. He will, however, have to rely on the judges to score the fight in his favour.
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