THE BETTING SLIP: Top tips and ones to watch in our gambling guide to the weekend
11:37 GMT, 28 December 2012
If the journey through deserted streets into Sportsmail HQ over the past few days is anything to go by, Londoners love getting away during the Christmas holidays.
Chelsea and Tottenham certainly enjoyed jaunts out of the capital on Boxing Day and the pair look in the mood to prosper on their travels once again.
We're at the halfway stage of the season and predicting what will happen in the Premier League is getting harder and harder.
On the road again: Chelsea are at Everton after taking three points from Norwich on Boxing Day
Sportsmail's Saturday punter Tony tells us where his hard-earned 10 is going.
After a couple of weeks of being absolutely useless, I’m going for a dead cert and putting a fiver on table-topping Sheffield United to be wining at half-time and full-time against League One basement-boys Hartlepool.
That will get me my money back so I'm also for 3 on DRAW/DRAW at Aston Villa v Wigan and 2 on a penalty to be awarded in the same game.
Sheff Utd – Half-time/Full-time @ Evens (Betfair)
Aston Villa v Wigan – Draw/Draw @ 17/4 (Boylesports)
Penalty in Aston Villa v Wigan @ 21/10 (Paddy Power)
But one thing is for sure: supporters of a team playing in blue will give Rafa Benitez a hard time.
The Chelsea fans unhappy with the Spaniard's appointment have piped down a bit over the past couple of weeks – 14 goals scored in three matches since the Club World Cup has helped – but he's still not a popular man in west London.
Benitez will never be flavour month at Goodison Park either and that is where the interim boss takes his in-form Blues on Sunday afternoon.
The Everton faithful remember Benitez's 'small-club' dig at the Toffees during his time in charge of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
He was hardly towering over them back then and the gap between his current employers and David Moyes' side is just two points ahead of the live TV showdown.
Everton have won three and drawn four since losing at Reading in mid-November while the defeat to Corinthians in Japan was the only slip-up in Chelsea's last seven.
The hosts would appeal more if Marouane Fellaini was available but with the big Belgian still suspended, Chelsea look too good to ignore at 6/4 (widely available).
Tottenham sit between the pair in fourth place in the table and they also catch the eye after thumping Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Three and easy: Gareth Bale helped himself to a hat-trick as Spurs crushed Aston Villa
Sunderland will fancy their chances against the north Londoners after stunning Manchester City – their third win in four games – but Spurs (11/10 with most bookies) have a flying Gareth Bale in their ranks and five away wins in the Premier League. Only Manchester United boast more.
Add in what is as close to a banker as there is on this week's coupon – League One leaders Sheffield United against bottom club Hartlepool – and Bradford at home to Rochdale.
A tenner on the four returns just over 130 with Coral.
The 'Premier League – best in the world' drum took another beating after the midweek Christmas crackers and we could be in for more of the same this weekend.
Take both teams to score in Arsenal v Newcastle, Everton v Chelsea, Norwich v Man City, QPR v Liverpool and Sunderland v Tottenham for a 12/1 return at Paddy Power.
Quick on the draws
New Nottingham Forest boss Alex McLeish is in for about as warm a welcome as Benitez was given at Chelsea but the Scot can get his point across against Crystal Palace.
Fulham against Swansea, Ross County v Hearts and Morton against Dunfermline also look too close to call.
A 1 yankee costs 11 and two right will get your money back, three a decent return and all four correct brings home 377 (Ladbrokes).
Doing it the hard way: Manchester United were behind three times before Javier Hernandez sunk Newcastle
Bale offers Real value
Gareth Bale is back at the top of Real Madrid's shopping list after his hat-trick against Aston Villa with the Spanish giants reportedly tabling a 33m bid for the Spurs winger. The Welshman is 7/1 (widely available) to open the scoring against Sunderland and 5/2 (Sportingbet) to score at any time.
Manchester United came from behind to win for the eighth time this season as they broke Newcastle hearts last time out. West Brom are 7/2 (Blue Square) to score first at Old Trafford.