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Arsenal are your New Year’s Day bankers and we’ve got a 56/1 football accumulator to kick-start 2015

The history books suggest that Arsenal are the team to back on January 1 while the Toffees could well come unstuck against Hull

by Josh Powell | December 31, 2014

2015 is just around the corner and we plan to spend it in very much the same way we spent 2014 – desperately trying to click a few juicy accumulators to boost the bank balance and fund some memorable weekends on the dance floors of Dublin.

January 1 provides a full Premier League fixture list to get stuck into while we nurse our first hangover of 2015, so we have dusted off the history book to see which teams tend to start the new year with a bang.


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It’s hard to decide what is more surprising – Arsenal topping a table, or Everton propping it up?

The Gunners record in league matches on New Year’s Day is the best of the bunch with seven wins, one draw and just one defeat in nine games. Their only defeat was a 1-0 loss away to Charlton on January 1 2001 when Finnish striker Jonatan Johansson scored for the Addicks. What do you mean you don’t remember him?! He’s Finland’s third highest scorer of all time for Pete’s sake.

This year the Gunners travel to Southampton – a carbon copy of the 2013 New Year’s Day fixture which ended 1-1. The Saints have won just three of their 11 league games on January 1 since 1992, losing five of them, including a 3-0 defeat at St Mary’s last year against Chelsea. Arsenal are 6/4 to pick up three points on Thursday but the trends suggest they are your banker for the day.

Arsene Wenger

Chelsea’s record on New Year’s Day is also pretty tidy according to our table, winning 75 per cent of the time. Tottenham’s record on January 1 is enough to sneak them into the top eight of this league, but the stats suggest there is unlikely to be a new year’s revolution, and at 4/5 we’re willing to throw Jose Mourinho’s side into our accumulator.

Manager-less Newcastle are hardly regulars on New Year’s Day but sneak into third place courtesy of four wins, a draw, and just the one loss since 1992. They finished a mixed December on a high with a 3-2 win over Everton before mental gaffer Alan Pardew jumped ship for Crystal Palace.

They face a Burnley side scrambling in the relegation zone, however the Clarets are in our top five New Year’s Day sides thanks to four wins and two defeats in six games. With all that taken into account, we’re going to watch for splinters as we plonk ourselves firmly on the fence, backing the draw at 11/4.


At the bottom Everton have lost an incredible seven of their 12 games, adding fuel to the argument that their squads of recent years are thin on the ground and full of players with legs made of Weetabix. This year the Toffees face Hull on the back of three defeats on the spin, and just one win in seven league games. The Tigers are hardly lighting up the league themselves with one win in 10, but their New Year’s Day record is fairly ‘meh’ and we’re backing them to sneak a draw at home.

The draw between Everton and Hull is 12/5 which takes our slightly ambitious fourfold to odds of 56/1.

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