Six of the Best TV games this weekend

December 27, 2018
Charlie Highbury

 

Southampton vs West Ham

The real question with this game is can Southampton keep their resurgence under Hasenhuttl alive. Southamptons flying start has been terrific under the new manager with a win against Huddersfield and a shock win over Arsenal which saw Southampton leap up the table. Danny Ings has been at the forefront of this resurgence with three goals in his last two games and he has been a difficult force to stop. Southampton’s discipline and passion in their play has been notable under the new manager and at home they have won their last five out of eight games. This form makes it very difficult for travelling side West Ham who up until recently were in some superb form and looked a quality side. West Ham had won their last four games heading into a home game against struggling Watford and they ended up losing two nil and were simply outclassed. For me I feel West Ham could be in a bit of a lull here and I don’t think they will win this one.

Game Changers; Danny Ings, Hojbjerg, Anderson and Arnautovic

Back Southampton to win at 6/5 with Betfair

 

Rangers vs Celtic

Saturday and what a game this will be. The Old firm derby has presented many classic fixtures over the years and I think this one will be another one of those. Rangers haven’t lost in five games with two wins and three draws and Steven Gerrard’s side are sitting nicely in the league second, three points behind their rivals. So not only is winning against their rivals an incentive but getting on level with points with them is also that added bonus. Rangers are lethal in attack with top scorer Morelos finding himself with 12 goals and 4 assists, which has been vital for Rangers. Celtic, on the other hand, have been great under manager Brendan Rodgers winning their last three games allowing them to get ahead of Rangers in the table. With Eduoard second only to Morels with 9 goals and 4 assists and attacking partner Forrest on 8 goals and 6 assists as well as a Scottish National team call-up to his name, Celtic are a threat attacking wise. However, I simply feel that Rangers will be a tough side to beat at home in this one and any game against this rival is one where form goes out the window and players step up to be counted.

Game Changers: Morelos, Tavernier, Edouard and Forrest

Back Rangers and the draw at 4/5 with SkyBet

 

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Saturday is full of great games and here is another one, the classic Liverpool vs Arsenal, full of spills and thrills. This fixture always produces excitement and goals and I expect no different. Liverpool are top of the league, six points clear and cruising towards their first premier league title. Klopp’s men have won their last five games and are playing brilliantly and of course, one man has been bagging the goals “We’ve got Mo Salah……..”. The simply brilliant front three have been scoring for fun and are all class players in their own right. This attack against an Arsenal side with arguably one good defender and two others close to retirement as well as every other defender being injured, Bernd Leno watch out. Speaking of Arsenal they have been awful recently two wins in five games and a draw to Brighton in their last game basically mean it could be another 4 – 0 this year. Their only hope is Aubameyang who misses one on ones for fun!

Game Changers; Salah, Mane, Firmino and Aubameyang

Back over 3.5 goals at 6/5 with SkyBet

 

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

This game could be very interesting indeed. How is it that Palace beat Man City away but then draw to Cardiff at home, HOW!!! More bizarrely how does ANDROS TOWNSEND score a 30 YARD VOLLEY. So many questions and so few answers. Anyway, this game could go anywhere, Palace could win, draw, lose anything. However, Palace have played well against the big sides with the Man City win and Arsenal draw in the bag and actually last time out against Chelsea they played pretty well but just slipped up. They really could do something special here. Chelsea recently have been poor in games however their results don’t look bad at all in their last five simply due to Hazards late goals. They should have lost to Watford and they really need to step up in this game. I honestly think Palace have a huge chance here and who knows another Townsend wonder goal might be on the cards.

Game Changers: Zaha, Townsend, Hazard and Kante

Back Crystal Palace and the draw at 11/10 with SkyBet

 

Southampton vs Man City

It seems strange that when you see Man City go on a two game losing streak you can’t believe it but they just haven’t been performing and that plays right into the hands of Southampton. Southampton, as I said before, is in a resurgence and striker Ings has been in fantastic form, however, I simply don’t believe that they will beat City here. For me, they are far too good and I think this losing streak will wake them up and make the players realise that they are not untouchable and actually that they can lose games. I think Pep will have been all over them in training making sure that they get back into form quick and that they win this game and that’s what I feel they will do. However, I think they will do this in style and i think there will be lots of goals for them in this one.

Game Changers: Ings, Hojbjerg, De Bruyne and Aguerooooooo! (Sorry had to do it)

Back over 3.5 goals at 5/4 with SkyBet

 

Man United vs AFC Bournemouth

Ole Ole Ole Ole, Ole Solskjaer, or something like that. Anyway, United are BACK! 2 wins in 2 games and in style the Ole era has started off as a flyer with 8 goals in 2 games. Paul Pogba is showing what he can do and has been unbelievable under the new manager showing why he was bought for 85 million. Bournemouth got battered by Spurs 5 – 0 and come to Old Trafford bruised and beaten. This is going to be a very difficult game for them and really i don’t see them getting a result. If anything it will be goals, goals and even more goals, as United just look slick and in the zone at the moment.

Game Changers; Pogba, Rashford, Wilson and King

Back over 3.5 goals at 5/4 with SkyBet