Newcastle United v Leicester City
1st January 2020 10AM
The beginning of this decade saw a bore draw between these sides down in the Championship. A lot has happened at both clubs in the intervening years – not least a Premier League title at the King Power – and the only constant as the decade draws to a close is Andy Carroll up front for Newcastle United.
The clubs have met nine times since in the Premier League and it’s advantage Leicester City with six wins to the Toon’s three.
They should make that seven out of ten on the first day of the next decade. The Foxes are -160 with CanPlay to take all three points at St James’ Park on New Year’s Day and cement their second place position in the league table. Both teams have scored in only two of those last nine meetings and an away win to nil looks worth a punt at +150 against a side who are among the division’s lowest scorers.
Conversely, Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored more than anyone but Liverpool and Man City and knocked five past Steve Bruce’s men in the reverse fixture this campaign. Jamie Vardy nabbed a brace in that game and the Premier League’s top scorer should return to the starting eleven following the birth of his daughter. He is -125 to add to his 17 league goals on Wednesday afternoon and a best price of +225 to open the scoring.
This fixture ended 0-2 last season and we wouldn’t rule out a repeat at a decent looking +700 with CanPlay.
Manchester City v Everton
1st January 2020 2:30PM
Everton are in fine form since the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, taking seven points from a possible nine under the veteran Italian manager. Their meeting with Man City on New Year’s Day, however, will be the first major test of the former Chelsea manager’s reign.
City have won their last four meetings with Everton by a two goal margin and they are +300 to win by exactly two goals again at the Etihad. We think it’ll be closer than that, though, based on the current form of both teams. A home win by exactly one goal is also around +300 but we’re going to stick our necks on the line and go for Everton Draw No Bet at a generous +750 with CanPlay. An away win can be backed at +950, should you fancy it.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has more league goals than the likes of Anthony Martial and Roberto Firmino and added a fine brace to topple Newcastle on Saturday. The young striker scored in this fixture twelve months ago – and in the clash at Goodison Park in September – and is +240 to maintain his rich vein of form and net against the league champions and a massive +800 with CanPlay to score the opener.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus has scored at least once in his last four games against The Toffees. The Brazilian forward may not start, but if he does he looks good value at +100 to keep that run going.