New Year’s Day Premier League Predictions31/12/2018
The festive season may have dwindled away, but the football fixtures keep on coming! What better way to kick off the new year than with three intriguing Premier League games on New Year’s Day?
The division has taken shape and we are now entering the business end of the season, with every tie over this busy schedule being crucial for all those involved. We love the top-flight division action here at ActiveWins, so we have created a 32/1 three-fold with Betfred.
Take a look at our selections and why we fancy this accumulator to come in as New Year’s gift.
Everton Love a Goal Fest
Everton and Both Teams to Score – 3/1
When Everton are playing, expect goals. In five of their last six Premier League fixtures, both teams have scored on every occasion. Although two of these were heavy defeats against both Tottenham and Manchester City, the Toffees were rampant against Burnley just days later.
At Turf Moor, Marco Silva’s men ran riot with a 5-1 victory, providing their travelling fans with the perfect Christmas present. The likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurðsson are as dangerous as any on their day, as we saw through their clinical performance in Lancashire. In the opposing fixture at the King Power Stadium, the dynamic duo were also on form, where Everton took all three points back to Merseyside courtesy of a 2-1 win.
Despite this, the Foxes will not fear the trip down to Goodison Park, having beaten Chelsea and Man City recently. Claude Puel’s side have scored in all but two of their last eight games, as Jamie Vardy and James Maddison continue to lead the line in emphatic fashion. Both Everton and Leicester have the Europa League qualification spots in their sights, so this fixture can be labelled as a valuable ‘six-pointer.’
It will be feisty and we aren’t expecting clean-sheets on the day. However, Everton rarely drop points at home, so we are predicting them to come through in what looks to be the pick of the fixtures on News Years Day.
Unai Emery to Keep the Gunners Firing
Arsenal vs Fulham: Draw half time/Arsenal full time – 10/3
A tale of two teams needing points for very different reasons. Unai Emery currently has the Gunners on a Champions League chase, despite many pundits initially tipping the Spaniard to struggle in his debut season in North London. Fulham, on the other hand, are desperate to escape the bottom three and survive relegation this year.
Inevitably, Arsenal are the hot favourites for the fixture, as they have not lost at the Emirates in the league since the opening day of the season. Aside from a horrifying blip at Anfield, they are in strong form heading into 2019, thanks to the golden boot favourite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been scoring for fun under Emery’s leadership.
Despite this, the Gunners possess an unwanted record of being poor first half performers this season. Of the 20 league games played this season, they have only been leading once at the break – during their 3-1 victory over Burnley in a month ago. The majority of their goals have come in the second half of fixtures, where their impressive fitness levels have helped them break down stubborn opponents late on in games.
Fulham, who entered into the new campaign with so much promise, find themselves in the bottom three. Conceding goals has been a major issue and Claudio Ranieri is yet to decide what his strongest line-up is since taking charge. It would take a brave man to go against Arsenal at home, but we are expecting the win to come later on in the game.
Mauricio’s Magic to Continue
Tottenham to Beat Cardiff and Over 2.5 Goals – 19/20
Of all the Premier League managers this season, perhaps nobody deserves more praise than Mauricio Pochettino. Despite not being backed with a single penny in summer, the Argentinian has got his side playing some scintillating stuff. The defeat against Wolves was a major setback, but Tottenham still find themselves right in the mix for a title charge and we don’t expect Cardiff to stop them in their tracks.
Spurs have been emphatic going forward, with Son Heung-min and Dele Alli joining in with Harry Kane, in terms of finding the back of the net with such ease. Pochettino allows his team to play with freedom and they possess threats all over the pitch. Cardiff currently have one of the worst defensive records in the division, so Kane and co. will certainly be licking their lips at the thought of another goal-fest.
The Bluebirds are in a relegation scrap and fixtures like this will not determine their fate in the league. However, they do have the potential to hurt Spurs on the break and Neil Warnock will want to kick the new year off with a positive performance. Despite this, anything bar a Tottenham win will be considered a shock and we expect them to dispatch Cardiff with little trouble.Back