THE festive period is almost upon us and we’re here to try win you some extra Christmas money.
After the excitement of Amazon Prime’s first foray into Premier League broadcasting, it’s back to a more familiar schedule this weekend.
Aston Villa vs Leicester, Sunday 2pm
BRENDAN RODGERS is onto a winner at Leicester.
Whisper it, but they’re putting together a run of wins just like 2015. Told you – whisper it.
Despite seemingly being discounted from the title race at 16/1 – even though they’re outpacing Man City at this stage – the Foxes continue to grind out the wins.
Their 2-1 win over Everton was the perfect metaphor for their season.
Out of sorts for 60 minutes, Leicester played to their strengths and demonstrated supreme fitness to grind out a dramatic comeback.
There’s no gimmes in this league and a trip to Villa Park is never straightforward.
Villa would sit eighth in the Premier League table if we were only taking into account home matches, grinding out three wins from seven games and losing just twice.
The visit of Leicester will hold no fear for Dean Smith’s men – but we like this Foxes side too much to pass on the opportunity to make some cash.
Since beating Saints 9-0 at St Mary’s they’ve looked unstoppable on the road, dispatching Brighton and Palace in ruthless fashion.
We love the 3/4 on the Foxes, but even more so the draw at half time, Leicester win at full time on the HT/FT market.
That’s happened in both of Leicester’s last two away games and is whopping value at 7/2 – especially as Villa could prove a tough nut to crack.
Ayoze Perez is enjoying his football again after breaking his Foxes duck, but seems to enjoy it away from the King Power.
Back him to net anytime at 23/10 and make it four goals in his last three away games.
SunSport’s best bets
West Ham vs Arsenal, Monday 8pm
FREDDIE is back on the road.
At least the Gunners don’t have to go far for this week’s inevitable disappointment.
Arsenal will want to to sort their managerial crisis out sooner rather than later, with a host of star names including Max Allegri already seemingly ruling themselves out.
West Ham looked to have turned a corner when they went to Chelsea and won against all the odds last week, their 1-0 triumph coming thanks to a disciplined, ferocious performance.
It was a shame then that they went to Wolves on Wednesday and were limp in a 2-0 defeat.
Back on home soil, all the pressure is on Manuel Pellegrini who has bought himself at least a little time with that win over the Blues.
West Ham in general have an absolutely horrible record against Arsenal at their own castle.
They’ve won just two of the last 17 meetings in East London, although one of those came last season when they ground out a 1-0 win thanks to Declan Rice.
This is also an historically goal-ridden fixture with EIGHT of the last 10 meetings at West Ham featuring three goals or more.
With these two sides so unpredictable, your Monday Night money should be going on over 2.5 goals at 4/9.
There’s question marks over whether West Ham can defend, whereas the Gunners simply can’t.
Arsenal have perfected leading games and throwing away points, so this next bet is a bit of a curve ball.
Back them to be leading at half-time, but to fail to win the game.
Arsenal have let a two-goal lead slip FOUR times this season – even if they’re ahead, you can’t trust them. The price on the above is a whopping 17/2 – well worth a quid.
The Gunners haven’t won away in the league since August at Newcastle and on paper this is the perfect time to put it right.
But with a hostile Hammers crowd baying for another London derby scalp, get on the West Ham double chance at a generous 20/23.
SunSport’s best bets
West Ham to draw or win: 20/23
Over 2.5 goals: 4/9
*All odds correct at time of publication