THE BETTING SLIP: Top tips and ones to watch in our gambling guide for the New Year fixtures
16:26 GMT, 31 December 2012
The Premier League produced 41 goals over two thrilling days at the weekend and if QPR had managed to make it 42 we would have finished 2012 on a high.
But they didn't. So, we didn't.
Goals Galore, as the 'both teams to score' bet is known with some bookies, was well named for punters who follow the English top flight.
Ruinous: Adel Taarabt and his team-mates failed to score
But from over here, the Hoops drawing a
blank against Liverpool was hard to watch after Norwich, Manchester
City, Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham, Sunderland,
Everton and Chelsea had all scored and the Reds broke the deadlock early doors at Loftus Road.
A goal for Harry Redknapp's side would
have completed a five-timer at around 14/1 and provided a tidy wee sum
for the first assault of 2013.
The attack is still on though, and who better to lead it than the Gunners.
Arsenal have hardly put a foot wrong
since their Capital One Cup calamity against Bradford and put seven past
Newcastle on Saturday evening.
Theo Walcott helped himself to a
treble and his former club Southampton (who shared six goals with Stoke)
will not be looking forward to his return to the south coast.
Homecoming: Theo Walcott (left) is in fine fettle and Saints need to watch out
Saints have lost all six matches against top-seven opponents and were crushed 6-1 at the Emirates earlier in the season.
The 8/11 (Ladbrokes) on an away win should be snapped up.
West Brom (21/20) also jump off the page against a Fulham side with just one win in their last 12 Premier League fixtures.
Baggies manager Steve Clarke was
fairly satisfied with the performance if not the result as his team lost
2-0 against table-topping Manchester United at Old Trafford and the
same effort again should be enough to see off the Cottagers.
Add in Crystal Palace (10/11) at home
to Wolves and Leicester (8/15) against Huddersfield and a tenner on the
four returns just over 100.
Not too bad: Although West Brom lost to United, they should beat Fulham
Goals galore… again
'Both teams to score' is THE popular bet in shops and online and I'm not letting QPR put me off.
Four to give you a run for your money on Tuesday and Wednesday are Swansea v Aston Villa (the Welshmen will win this but Paul Lambert's youngsters can't go another game without finding the net), West Ham v Norwich, Newcastle v Everton and St Mirren v Kilmarnock.
All four correct pays just under 8/1 with Coral.
Three is the magic number
Theo Walcott took the match ball home with him after his hat-trick downed the Magpies on Saturday and he is 33/1 (widely available) to do the same to his old employers at St Mary's.
Walcott is 11/2 with bet365 for the opener and 11/8 with most firms to score at any time.