Arsenal to respond at the Emirates

The busy festive period is almost over and with fatigue setting in, there is sure to be some surprises on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

New Year’s Day provides three matches for us, with the tastiest arguably the London derby at the Emirates where Arsenal host Fulham.

Arsenal to outgun Cottagers

Slowly but surely Claudio Ranieri appears to be getting a tune from his Fulham players and Saturday’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield puts them within touching distance of safety.

It is now three unbeaten for the Cottagers and they make the 10-mile journey east to take on an Arsenal side who have struggled since their 22-game unbeaten run ended.

One of the highlights of that streak was October’s 5-1 win at Craven Cottage, but they have fallen off the top-four pace top in recent weeks, winning only one of their last five.

Tuesday’s game should be the chance they need to get back on track and they are 2.30 to win and both to score. After their shambolic defending in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Liverpool, the Gunners have work to do at the back and it may even be worth considering the 3.70 for over 4.5 goals.

Part of the reasoning for that is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s form. The Gabon international is level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane on 13 goals in the race for the Golden Boot and after bagging a brace at the Cottage, he is 2.80 to score two or more on Tuesday and will relish facing the league’s worst defence.

Points at a premium on Merseyside

Earlier in the day, the first Premier League game of 2019 comes from Goodison Park where Everton take on Leicester, with both sides experiencing frustrating 1-0 defeats on Saturday.

Going down at Brighton took the shine off the Toffees’ 5-1 Boxing Day success at Burnley, a result that helped them recover from the 6-2 home defeat to Tottenham.

Leicester missed a penalty in their reverse to Cardiff, but that result came after beating both Chelsea and Manchester City!

Everton have won the last two meetings 2-1, an outcome that is 9.50 and both teams to score is 1.76, with that scenario occurring the last five times the pair have met at Goodison.

These two look tough to split and the draw at 3.45 could be the answer in this one.

Back the Blues to scupper Saints

Arguably the most intriguing of the 7:45 games on Wednesday is the fixture at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea play host to Southampton.

A pair of defeats has stalled the Saints’ momentum, but one thing that will have pleased new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is that they have scored in their last four games.

Two wins in a row has cemented Chelsea’s place in the top four and after seeing his team grind out victories in recent weeks, Maurizio Sarri will be hoping for something similar to the performance his side produced in October’s 3-0 win at St Mary’s.

The Blues’ current lack of fluency suggests that will not be the case and after a 1-0 win at Palace, and having won by a single goal in four of their last five, a repeat of that is 3.75.

Sunday’s clean sheet was Chelsea’s first for three games but they have conceded just once in their last six at Stamford Bridge. Despite being a touch skinny, the 1.86 for a home victory to zero may tempt most punters.

Clarets can shine in Kirklees

It is amazing what a win can do and having tasted victory just once since the end of September, Burnley will head to Huddersfield brimming with confidence after beating West Ham 2-0 on Sunday.

The Terriers are rock bottom, five points behind the 18th-placed Clarets and became the first team since April 2001 to lose all of their Premier League games in a calendar month, with that aforementioned 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

Just 12 goals from 20 games shows where they need to improve and Huddersfield’s season is unlikely to ignite without signing a striker in January.

For all their poor performances, Burnley did show signs of improvement ahead of that victory against West Ham and looked for better with captain Tom Heaton back in goal.

At 3.70 they look an excellent price and with Huddersfield’s striking woes, more ambitious punters may go for an away win to zero at 4.45, with Sean Dyche’s men well set for their second away victory of the season.

Eagles unlikely to soar at Molineux

Saturday’s 3-1 win against Tottenham at Wembley was arguably the result of the season for Wolves and puts them seventh at the time of writing.

Wednesday’s visitors Crystal Palace lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea and like Huddersfield, finding a striker seems crucial to their hopes of staying up this season.

Matt Doherty’s strike made the difference when the pair met in October and it is likely to be just as cagey meaning under 1.5 goals screams value at 2.95.

A home win is 2.00 and on current form, Wolves should have enough, with another 1-0 tempting at 6.65.

No repeat for Newcastle

Wednesday’s final match comes from St James’ Park and Rafael Benitez will be hoping to engineer a second straight home win, when Newcastle take on Manchester United.

Matt Ritchie netted the only goal last February and provided an excellent assist for Salomon Rondon’s header in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Watford.

The Magpies were 2-0 up at Old Trafford in the autumn but fell away to suffer a 3-2 defeat and despite winning their three games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, defending remains a worry for the Red Devils, conceding in all three of the Norwegian’s matches at the helm.

United’s attack is flourishing though, netting 12 in their last three, four of which have belonged to the resurgent Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman is 2.55 to score at Anytime on Tyneside and in another entertaining game, United to win and both to score stands out at 2.70.