Football Blog – FreePlay 6 – December 22nd

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A Colossus FreePlay 6 jackpot of over €1 million is on offer this weekend at thetote.com. With some tricky results to predict, we take a closer look at each game to try and help you with your selections.

Remember, you don’t have to get all 6 results correct. There are some great consolation prizes on offer if you don’t get them all right with €1,000 for 5 correct scores and €500 for 4 correct.

Burnley  v  Middlesbrough

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Both teams were promoted to the Premiership last season after strong showings in the Championship which saw them finish first (Burnley) and second (Middlesbrough). Both games last season were close fought with the odd goal deciding both:

Middlesbrough 1 – 0 Burnley

Burnley 2 – 1 Middlesbrough

Burnley are finding life back in the Premiership tough going this season and they find themselves sitting in 16th place. With just one win in six they will be hoping to pick up a win against a fellow bottom half side. Boro are stronger away from home than they are at the Riverside, although they did enjoy a big win against Swansea at home last time out. Burnley have lost just twice at home this season and while Boro have strong away form, I think this game will be very close, perhaps ending in a draw.

Leicester v  Everton

DLLWLD – DLDLWL

Both games last season ended with a win for Leicester on the way to their surprise run to become Champions of England:

Everton 2 – 3 Leicester

Leicester 3 – 1 Everton

Leicester have disappointed this season and currently find themselves in 15th place in the league. With their attention on their European games, they have been poor domestically. Everton have enjoyed a stop start season so far but find themselves in 9th place. Leicester fought back from 2 goals down with 10 men away at Stoke to salvage a draw and this should set them up nicely for a game against Everton who were poor at home to Liverpool in their last game, losing a goal in injury time to be defeated by their biggest rivals Liverpool. Leicester are a team that loves to keep possession, especially at home, and they will fancy their chances at beating an Everton team who have just 2 wins away from home this season.

Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday

LDLWWW – DWWLWW

Newcastle are leading the way in the Championship and the teams have not met in the league since 2009:

Newcastle 1 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday 2 – 2 Newcastle

After a mini crisis, Newcastle are back on track with 3 straight wins in the league. In their last game at home, they thumped Birmingham 4-0 and followed that with a hard fought away victory. Wednesday have been creeping up the table recently and are playing well, picking up 4 wins in 6 games. Currently sitting in the playoff places, Wednesday will be looking to strengthen their promotion bid with a win at St. James’ Park. Influential midfielder Johnjo Shelvey will be missing for this game but Newcastle have a strong enough squad to cope with the loss. Scoring lots of goals, Newcastle at home should be too strong for Sheffield Wednesday.

Brighton v  QPR

DWDWWW – WLLLLL

Last season, Brighton finished 29 points clear of QPR and just failed to make the Premier League. The sides met on two occasions in the league:

Brighton 2 – 0 QPR

QPR 2 –Brighton

Brighton are enjoying a great run of form in the Championship, currently sitting just 1 point off the top. They are 15 games unbeaten and are well placed for automatic promotion. They will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against a poor QPR team. Currently languishing in 19th place, they are coming into this game off the back of 5 straight defeats. Brighton are scoring goals and not conceding many so they will fancy their chances of overcoming a QPR team who have been struggling all season. There is little to suggest that they will have any trouble and look as though they could score a few goals at home in this game.

Derby  v Birmingham

WWWWWD – WWLLWL

Last season, these teams met twice with Birmingham coming out on top with a win and a draw:

Birmingham 1 – 1 Derby

Derby 0 – 3 Birmingham

Both these sides will fancy their chances of making the playoffs this season. Derby are on a good run of late, with their last defeat at home coming in late September. They are coming in to this game on the back of a good unbeaten run but they won’t have it all their own way against a decent Birmingham team. Birmgham have a new manager in Gianfranco Zola and will be hoping he can work his magic against and produce a win against a Derby team sitting just above them in the table. Both teams play good football on their day and just 2 points separate them in the league. Derby look a lot more settled at the moment and this is Zola’s first game in charge, it is hard to predict a result and I expect it to be very closely fought. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either team as both look to move up the table.

Southampton   v         Tottenham

DWLWDW – WLWLWW

Last season, Spurs came up short in their quest for a league title. Both teams performed very well last season and shared their games with one win each:

Southampton 0 – 2 Tottenham

Tottenham 1 – 2 Southampton

Southampton are again going quietly about their business. A Europa League campaign has probably taken a bit from their league form but they are a very solid team – well balanced with some good attacking players. They’re currently in 7th place in the league and a big win against Bournemouth on Sunday sets them up nicely for the visit of Spurs. Spurs have stalled a bit this season after a strong showing last year. They ground out a hard fought victory against a plucky Burnley team last time out and are currently in 5th place in the league. A Premier League title is out of their range again this season but they will be hoping to make a strong push for another Champions League spot. A very tough game to call, Southampton will be looking to close the gap on the teams above them. A win for Spurs could put them into 3rd place depending on results elsewhere. An attacking Saints side will not fear Spurs and will take the game to them. A home win would not be a surprise.

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