Football accumulator wins have been rarer than Donald Trump’s good ideas this season, as Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all contributed to letting punters down each weekend. Luckily, thanks in part to Paddy Power’s Accumulator Insurance, we’re hoping to change that on Boxing Day with a 80/1 fivefold that could blast away our deadly hangover after a binge of turkey, Quality Street and sherry.
Paddy’s Acca Insurance means that punters get their stake back as a free bet if one leg of their fivefold (or more) lets them down. That’s the kind of safety net that we need in our fragile post-Christmas dinner state.
Boxing Day (or St Stephens’ Day depending on which side of the pond you reside) features a jam-packed day of Premier League action, and as is tradition, we’re hoping this chunky accumulator can round off a highly entertaining 2015.
Tottenham to beat Norwich:
Tottenham shook off the disappointment of losing their unbeaten streak against Newcastle earlier this month with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Southampton last week. While the Premier League has been as predictable as the present you received off your mental uncle on Christmas day, Spurs have been one of the more reliable sides to back, with home wins against Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Aston Villa and West Ham this season.
Norwich upset the odds to beat Manchester United 2-1 last weekend, but this is not the Manchester United side you’d expect to see so you can tentatively draw a line through that result. Before that the Canaries had lost five and drawn two of their previous seven away games, failing to score on three occasions and conceding a whopping 17 goals.
Bank on Tottenham to do the business at .
Leicester to beat Liverpool:
How can you oppose Leicester City? A difficult run in December that was meant to derail the Foxes has been swiftly countered with wins at home to Chelsea and away to Everton, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have picked up just one point from games against Newcastle, West Brom and Watford.
Claudio Ranieri’s side are now unbeaten in 10 games, winning eight of them and averaging 2.2 goals a game. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez now have a combined 28 goals this year – while Liverpool have only managed 20. It’s not a fixture Jurgen Klopp will be particularly looking forward to, particularly as Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in his nine games in charge and Simon Mignolet has looked as much of an accomplished top flight goalkeeper as a box of jelly.
A trip to Anfield isn’t easy for any side, but it’s incredibly hard to oppose Leicester in their form, so we’re jumping on side at .
Aston Villa and West Ham to draw:
West Ham have become quite the draw specialists in the last two months, drawing five of their last six matches – chipping in with three scoreless draws on the spin. While the Hammers sit 18 points and 12 places higher than Aston Villa, West Ham have won just one of their last six on the road and there’s good reason to fancy Villa to pinch a point at home after Christmas.
On the face of it Aston Villa haven’t won since the opening day of the season, although the Championship-bound side have taken a point off Manchester City (H), Southampton (A) and Newcastle (A) in the last six weeks. Remi Garde’s side are already deep into a relegation battle, but they’ve only lost one of the last eight home league games against West Ham.
Back the draw-loving Hammers to add another notch to their bedpost, and Aston Villa to pick up a point that won’t mean a jot when they’re relegated in May. The draw can keep our acca going at .
Everton to beat Newcastle:
Everton may have thrown away leads against Bournemouth and Norwich in the last four weeks, but the Toffees have been playing some delightful stuff on a run that has seen them lose just one of the last seven league games – and that was a 3-2 thriller at home to the league leaders Leicester.
Steve McClaren is attempting to work miracles at Newcastle after a dreadful start saw them win just two of their opening 14 matches. However wins against Liverpool and Tottenham were followed up by a lackluster draw at home to Aston Villa which hints at Newcastle reverting back to their early season cock-ups rather than going on a run of impressive victories.
Everton have scored 18 goals in seven games and have only failed to score once in 11 games. The free-scoring Toffees have lost just one of their last 12 matches at home to Newcastle, and we’re backing Roberto Martinez’s men to pick up another victory at .
Arsenal to beat Southampton:
After a mini-blip at the end of November which saw Arsenal lose to West Brom and draw with Norwich, the Gunners are firing on all cylinders again and have recorded comfortable victories against Sunderland and Aston Villa, before that monster 2-1 win at home to Manchester City on Monday. Southampton on the other hand are in quite the slump, picking up just one point form the last possible 15 – a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa.
The Saints find themselves in the bottom half of the table, and in eight matches against top half sides, they’ve failed to register a win – drawing three and losing five.
Stick with the Gunners to fire down Southampton at .
If that accumulator doesn’t blast off some post-turkey cobwebs, nothing will!