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Normally on a Monday I give you a huge preamble and I mock the Cowboys and congratulate the Panthers on yet another win. Well, that won’t happen this week. No, the Cowboys still suck, but the Panthers’ winning run finally came to an end at the hands of the Falcons. The Cardinals staked their claim for being Superbowl favourites after dismantling the Packers, and the Jets got one over on the Patriots.
Elsewhere, in the English Premiership on Boxing Day, things got excruciating for Manchester United, as they lost to Stoke. Of course, the shocks didn’t end there, with Arsenal being thumped 4-0 by Southampton and Chelsea managing only a 2-2 with Watford. It was a bit of a bookies’ benefit on Boxing Day, that’s for sure.
And, of course, the second round of the PDC World Championship started, and we saw Michael van Gerwen coast through last night, beating Darren Webster 4-0, losing one leg in the process. James Wade beat Wes Newton by the same scoreline, Raymond van Barneveld won a classic against Stephen Bunting, winning 4-3, with the final set going to the Dutchman 4-2 – Bunting hitting 15 180s couldn’t stop Barney from closing it out when it mattered. Benito van de Pas, Vincent van der Voort and Michael Smith were the winners in the morning session, in what turned out to be a great day for the Dutch.
Now, let’s not mess about and get onto the free sports betting tips for Monday December 28th, 2015.
Monday Night Football Betting Tip:
A huge game on Monday Night Football in terms of firming up the playoff picture, as the Bengals travel to the Broncos. Of course, the big story is that we don’t have either side’s starting QB, which is going to make things just a bit trickier. It all rests on how well we think AJ McCarron is going to play. He’s 1-1 at the moment, and that check in the win column came in a tight one against San Francisco – not exactly world-class opposition, is it? Brock Osweiler has had more time to adjust than McCarron, and that should play into his favour. Take Broncos -3.5, it’s the sensible play here.
After a glut of fixtures on Boxing Day, we’re right back at it, with most of England’s elite getting just one day off before their next game.
Crystal Palace to beat Swansea is a bit of a no-brainer. They’re currently odds-against, which is good enough for me. We like Palace a lot in the Sports Betting Tips offices, and they’re got too much class and flair for a Swansea side lacking in both.
Watford to beat Spurs is a pure value bet. While Spurs looked good on Saturday, Watford went to Stamford Bridge and played like a team without fear. Will they be scared of Spurs at home? Of course not. We could see a fair few goals here, but take Watford for some real value.
Manchester United and Chelsea to draw purely because what happens when two teams in trouble face each other? Yeah, they stink up the place and grind out a draw. This is it for LvG, because if he loses here, he’s surely going to quit or get the boot. Guus Hiddink has nothing to lose, but the players still have their pride. Well, some of them at least, so the draw makes sense as the play here.
PDC World Championship
A full day of darts kicking off at 1pm today.
Alan Norris -2.5 sets to beat Joe Murnan. Norris impressed in his first round win over Robert Thornton. He scored heavily, took the checkouts when required and looked a real class act. You can see why he was a BDO World Championship finalist. He’s got too much scoring power in his locker for Murnan, who wasn’t too convincing in beating a well below par Andy Hamilton in Round One.
Mensur Suljovic -2.5 sets to beat David Pallett. Big fan of the Austrian Suljovic, and he’s gaining more experience this year on the PDC Pro Tour than ever before. He’s taken some big scalps down to both his quality finishing and also his ability to slow down a game and grind it out. Pallett had a good win over Kim Huybrechts in Round One, but Suljovic is a different proposition when it comes to current form, and The Gentle should grind Pallett into submission quite comfortably.
Andrew Gilding +2.5 sets to beat Adrian Lewis. consistency is the key for Adrian Lewis, and he’s very rarely consistent. He should have lost at least one set to Jan Dekker in Round One, so the 3-0 score flattered him a bit. Andrew Gilding impressed in seeing off the in-form Gerwyn Price 3-0, and should have enough to trouble the two-time World Champion. He’ll have to take out the big finishes like he did in his Round One game, but he’s shown over the past 12 months that he’s capable of doing it and that should be enough to give Adrian Lewis a real scare.