PREMIER LEAGUE NEW YEAR’S DAY: We look ahead to Tuesday’s New Year’s Day Premier League games with extended stats and recommended BETDAQ bets.
EVERTON V LEICESTER CITY
12.30pm It’s two mid-table teams who get the 2019 Premier League action underway as Everton host Leicester. The visitors come into this game two places and one point better off than their opponents, but will be looking to bounce back after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Cardiff last time out. Meanwhile Everton have had a tricky run of fixtures, only winning one of their last six and losing three, including defeats to Man City & Spurs. Their fans will be expecting a change of fortunes at home and whilst a price of 2.08 is appealing, we aren’t totally convinced, but we are confident there will be goals.
- Everton have won four of their last five league matches against Leicester (L1); as many as they had won in their first 20 Premier League meetings before this (W4 D13 L3).
- Leicester have only won one of their 12 previous visits to Goodison Park in the Premier League (D7 L4), winning 3-2 in December 2015 during their title-winning campaign.
- Of fixtures to have been played 20+ times in Premier League history, Everton v Leicester has seen a higher percentage of their meetings finish as a draw (52% – 13/25) than any other matchup, although they haven’t played out a league stalemate since 2014-15.
- Everton have won just two of their last 12 league matches on New Year’s Day (D2 L8) and haven’t won at Goodison Park on that date since 1990 against Luton Town (D1 L3 at home since).
- Leicester have won four of their last five league matches on New Year’s Day (D1), scoring 15 goals across those five games.
- Everton are looking to avoid back-to-back Premier League defeats at Goodison Park for the first time since October 2017.
- After losing just four of their opening 16 Premier League matches this season, Everton have lost three of their last four in the competition.
- Leicester’s last five away Premier League games have seen just seven goals scored (F4 A3), with no side scoring more than once. One side had scored at least twice in their previous 12 league games on the road.
- Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in six goals in his seven Premier League appearances against Everton, scoring four and assisting a further two.
- Everton’s Richarlison has been directly involved in five goals in his last five Premier League games at Goodison Park (4 goals, 1 assist).
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Back Over 2.5 Goals at 2.0
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ARSENAL V FULHAM
3pm The first 3pm kick-off of 2019 also sees the first London Derby of the year as Fulham make the short trip to The Emirates to face Arsenal. The Gunners have a lot to prove after their thrashing at Anfield and may recall Mesut Ozil to the starting XI in order to do get things back on track. This game is crucially important to Arsenal as if they were to lose, they could finish the week level on points with Man United and even further adrift in the race for the top four. At the other end of the table, Fulham are fighting for their lives in 19th position but did get a vital win in their last outing at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield. The Cottagers have had somewhat of a change in fortune since Ranieri took over. With that said, we can’t look past anything other than an Arsenal victory.
- Arsenal have never previously lost at home to Fulham in any competition, winning 23 and drawing five of their 28 home matches against the Cottagers prior to this match.
- Fulham’s only league victory over Arsenal in their last 12 such encounters was in January 2012 (W1 D4 L7), a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage under Martin Jol.
- Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has never won a Premier League match against Arsenal in 10 previous attempts (D4 L6); he has a worse points-per-game ratio against the Gunners (0.40) than he does versus any other opponent in the competition.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 22 home league matches against newly promoted opposition (W19 D3) since losing 1-0 to Newcastle United in November 2010.
- In all competitions, Fulham have lost 11 of their last 14 away matches (W1 D2), though their one win did come in London against Millwall in the League Cup in September.
- Arsenal have won all five of their home Premier League games on New Year’s Day – their last top-flight defeat at home on that day came in 1985 against Spurs at Highbury.
- Claudio Ranieri’s last Premier League match on New Year’s Day was also away at Arsenal in 2003, when he was Chelsea manager – a 2-3 defeat.
- Since losing to Watford in January 2017, Arsenal have won 25 of their 26 home Premier League matches against non-‘big six’ sides, drawing the other against Wolves.
- Arsenal conceded 14 league goals during December 2018 – their most in a calendar month since April 1979 (15 conceded).
- Fulham are looking to keep consecutive Premier League clean sheets in the same season for the first time since February 2013.
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Back Arsenal to win both halves at 3.0
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CARDIFF CITY V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
5.30pm Tottenham travel to Wales off the back of arguably the most surprising result of last week when they lost 3-1 at home to Wolves despite leading 1-0. A result like that makes it very difficult for punters to trust this Spurs side, and now they come up against a Cardiff City team who have won three of their last four home games. Since losing to a rejuvenated Man United side before Christmas, Cardiff have recorded four points from a possible six and appear to be gaining momentum. Tottenham’s following pair of Premier League games are at home to both Chelsea & United, and we reckon if Pochettino has one eye on those matches already, his side may slip up this week.
- Cardiff have lost all three of their Premier League meetings with Tottenham by a 0-1 scoreline.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven league clashes with Cardiff City (W5 D2) since losing 2-3 in March 1961.
- Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has faced Tottenham in a home Premier League match only once before; his Sheffield United team beat Martin Jol’s Spurs side 2-1 at Bramall Lane in February 2007.
- Spurs have won their last five Premier League matches on New Year’s Day since losing 1-2 away at Aston Villa in 2008.
- Cardiff have won eight of their 11 home matches in the top four tiers of English football on New Year’s Day (D2) – their only defeat was in 1992, losing 0-5 to Maidstone United.
- Spurs striker Harry Kane has been involved in six goals in his last two Premier League games on New Year’s Day (4 goals, 2 assists); only two players – Andy Cole and Steven Gerrard (5) – have scored more goals on January 1st in the Premier League than Kane’s four.
- Neil Warnock has lost 10 of his 14 league matches played on New Year’s Day (W2 D2), with his defeats coming with six different clubs – Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, QPR and current side Cardiff.
- Cardiff haven’t kept three consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight since April 1957.
- Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 11 away Premier League matches against newly promoted teams for Spurs.
- Cardiff have lost their last 14 Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ sides, conceding 45 goals across those matches, with 22 of those goals conceded coming in their six defeats this season.
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