Tote Football Tipster – Friday 16th December

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Past results, they tell us, are no indicator of future performance. With an estimated €6 Million Colossus Millionaire pool on offer this weekend it’s certainly worth studying some recent footballing form and putting a bet on thetote.com!

We’ve tried to make the process a little easier for you by looking at the 6 individual matches in the Millionaire Pick 6 pool and giving you some key stats to help you make your selections.

Sunderland v. Watford

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These two teams haven’t spent much time in the same division of late meaning there are only last season’s pair of meetings to give any indication of results:

Sunderland 0 – 1 Watford

Watford 2 – 2 Sunderland

Sunderland have won 7 points at home and Watford have picked up just 8 points on the road this season. Both teams have had a mixed bag of results lately and with defeats in their last game, both teams will be desperate to pick up some points before the hectic Christmas period begins next week. This season’s form coupled with the recent results between the teams, it looks like the match won’t be a classic. A tense, low scoring match looks probable and a draw appears to be the most likely outcome.

Prediction: 1-1 Draw

West Brom  v.  Man Utd

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West Brom have a good record against Man Utd in recent years, with 3 wins and a draw in the last 6 meetings. Last season, the home team in this fixture came out on top in both games:

Man Utd 2 – 0 West Brom

West Brom 1 – 0 Man Utd

Showing very strong home form this season, West Brom have tasted defeat on just two occasions. Coming off the back of a big win against Swansea, they will fancy their chances of continuing their good run of form against the Red Devils. Man Utd’s away form has been strong this season so far, losing just two games and picking up some important wins. With both teams in good form and both scoring goals, it should be an entertaining game. West Brom are a difficult team to beat and have the upper hand in this fixture in the last couple of seasons and a great win midweek will set them up nicely for the visit of Mourinho’s men.

Prediction: West Brom 2 – 1 Man Utd

Juventus v. Roma

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The top two in Serie A face off on Saturday night in Turin with Juve leading Roma by 4 points at the top of the table. Both home teams won last season’s games:

Juventus 1 – 0 Roma

Roma 2 – 1 Juventus

With both teams gunning for glory in the league this year, it appears to be a two horse race in Serie A. Juventus are overwhelming favourites for this weekend’s clash but Roma are coming off a good away win in their last game. Juve have won four in a row at home and are scoring lots of goals in the process but Roma look strong on their travels. Neither team will want to lose this game but both are capable of scoring goals. An entertaining draw is how I see the game panning out in Turin on Saturday.

Prediction: Juventus 2 – 2 Roma

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Bournemouth  v. Southampton

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Last season, Bournemouth enjoyed their first league victory over Southampton in 58 years. The home team won both fixtures last year on the same scoreline.

Southampton 2 – 0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth 2 – 0 Southampton

Bournemouth are the Premiership’s yoyo team this season. Unable to string together a series of good results, Eddie Howe’s men are not to be underestimated. They play good football and can score goals. Southampton on the other hand have been solid all season, but their away form has tailed off recently. Buoyed by their win against the Champions on Tuesday night, Bournemouth can take advantage of the fact that Charlie Austin is missing for the Saints and record back to back home wins.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2 – 1 Southampton

Man City   v.  Arsenal

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A pre- Christmas cracker is on show at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Both teams will need to be on top of their game if they want to make up ground on the league leaders. Last season’s meetings saw plenty of goals:

Arsenal 2 – 1 Man City

Man City 2 – 2 Arsenal

After a strong start to the season, Man City have stuttered through the last two months of the league. With some poor results and even worse performances, Pep Guardiola’s men need a victory over a big rival to kickstart their title challenge. Arsenal are coming off the back of a disappointing result midweek but have been strong all season. Before their defeat at Everton, the Gunners were putting together some good results recently and I think City are vulnerable at the back. Arsenal played well at the Etihad last season to get a draw and look a better team this season. Scoring goals isn’t a problem for Arsene Wenger’s men and they look primed to get a win against a vulnerable City team.

Prediction: Man City 1 – 2 Arsenal

Everton  v. Liverpool

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Last year’s meetings between these sides produced two entertaining games, a score draw and a big Liverpool win at Anfield.

Everton 1 – 1 Liverpool

Liverpool 4 – 0 Everton

Everton have yet to get going this season under Ronald Koeman. They are looking a bit more organised of late and a huge win against Arsenal midweek will have them full of confidence for this game against their bitter rivals. Liverpool have been scoring freely and will wonder how they are now six points off the pace at the top of the league. Jurgen Klopp’s freescoring team are still without Coutinho and don’t look the same attacking force without him. That being said, they trounced Middlesbrough midweek away from home. Everton have had two big results against Man Utd (draw) and Arsenal (win) in their last two league games but are without a league win against Liverpool since 2010. Liverpool are aiming for a league crown this season and will be full of confidence after a big midweek win. I fancy Liverpool to win this and score a few goals in the process.

Prediction: Everton 1 – 3 Liverpool

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