No rest of New Year‘s Day
The English Premier League season moves into the New Year with fans across the globe rubbing their hands in glee at what promises to be the most exciting title race in years. Going into the traditional full New Year’s Day programme on Wednesday, there are just six points separating current leaders Arsenal from fifth placed Liverpool and every title-chasing team will be anxious to get 2014 off to a flying start.
It is second placed Manchester City who get the ball rolling at mid-table Swansea knowing that a win would increase the pressure on their rivals. The Gunners are a hot favourite to pick up all three points against Cardiff at the Emirates, whilst London rivals Chelsea face a tough trip to the south coast to face Southampton. Liverpool, who have slipped behind their Merseyside rivals Everton after successive losses to Man City and Chelsea, entertain a Hull City side buoyant from a 6-0 thrashing of Fulham on Saturday. The heat is well and truly on coach Brendan Rodgers and his Reds, but Luis Suarez and co. should have the class to get back on track. Defending Premier League champions Manchester United may still be down in sixth in the table, but the Red Devils have won four EPL contests on the trot and cannot yet be counted out, especially if they get their 2014 rolling with another three-point haul at home to Tottenham!
Arsenal 1.2 Manchester United 1.65
Draw 6.0 Draw 3.65
Cardiff City 12.0 Tottenham 5.0
(Odds provided by Intertops Sportsbook are current of today, but subject to change)
CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.