Don't Speculate: 5 football tips for New Year's Day
Back Will Rook's 21/1 acca, which includes football tips from the New Year's Day games in the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two.
Had you placed a £10 stake on Will Rook's Saturday football betting tips for the 2019/20 season, your profit would be £580.
Leicester to beat Newcastle
Newcastle lost their third game in four matches as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Everton on Saturday.
Given that Steve Bruce’s side pose such little attacking threat – they have the worst xG in the division (understat) and average the fourth-fewest shots per game – it’s hard to see them turning that form around against one of the better sides in the league.
Leicester recovered from consecutive losses against Liverpool and Manchester City to beat West Ham on Saturday, recording their ninth victory in 12 to return to second in the table.
Birmingham to beat Wigan
This tip is based almost entirely on Wigan’s dreadful away record, given they have picked up four points from 13 winless games on the road this season.
The Latics have managed just two victories under Paul Cook in the Championship, losing 25 of their 36 games away from the DW Stadium.
Birmingham aren’t in great form themselves, having lost four of their last five, but put in a decent performance in their 5-4 defeat to leaders Leeds on Sunday, coming from behind to level on three separate occasions.
Accrington to beat Rochdale
Accrington are the form team in League One, having won four and drawn two of their last six matches.
John Coleman’s side have won four on the spin at the Wham Stadium, including 7-1 and 4-1 thrashings of Bolton and Portsmouth respectively.
Rochdale have fallen to within one point of the relegation zone following a run of eight defeats in their last nine league games.
AFC Wimbledon to beat Southend
Second-bottom Southend’s winless run was extended to 14 league games on Boxing Day following a 2-2 draw with fellow relegation candidates MK Dons.
Sol Campbell’s side only have eight points on the board this season, just one ahead of Bolton, who started the season on -12.
Wimbledon lost 2-1 to in-form Oxford last weekend, but had won three of their previous five and look a generous price against the division’s crisis club.
Coventry to beat Tranmere
Coventry earned the result of the weekend on Sunday by winning 4-1 away to league leaders Wycombe, who hadn’t been beaten at Adams Park all season.
That was the Sky Blues’ third victory in four matches in all competitions, while they have lost one league game in 10.
Tranmere are only above the relegation zone on goal difference after winning one of their last seven matches in League One.
*Odds subject to change.
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