It’s the final day of 2016, and teams up and down the country will be desperate to end the calendar year with three points. Here at TVBet, we’re more concerned with picking three correct selections to follow up our Boxing Day winner with another boost of profit.
We’ve picked three home teams to send their fans home happy. Let’s hope they can get our NYE celebrations up and running in style too.
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Claude Puel took a few weeks to settle into life at St Mary’s but his Saints side will now be fully expected to challenge for Europa League qualification in the second half of the campaign. If they can end the calendar year with a big win over the Baggies, their hopes will suddenly look a whole lot brighter heading into 2017.
The hosts can be confident too despite losing to Tottenham on Wednesday night. That was only their second home loss of the campaign, and makes up four of the nine goals they’ve conceded on home soil. Given that West Brom have only scored seven on the road, they shouldn’t have too many troubles in defence.
Tony Pulis’s side are fairly solid at the back too but Jay Rodriguez and co. should find the target at some stage for the hosts. After all, the visitors have won just twice on the road themselves and enter the match having picked up just one point from their last three away games – and that was at struggling Hull.
It could be a tight contest. Nevertheless, the home side should prevail.
Huddersfield Town v Blackburn Rovers
In the Championship, a run of four straight defeats has seen struggling Blackburn drop into the dreaded bottom three, meaning that Owen Coyle’s men are destined for a relegation scrap between now and May. A shock win at Huddersfield could relieve a lot of the pressure but, unfortunately, it looks rather unlikely.
As well as their poor form, Rovers have struggled on the road all season. The visitors boast just two wins from 11, losing eight of those matches and conceding 18 in the process. Quite frankly, you wouldn’t fancy the Ewood Park club against anyone right now.
In stark contrast, Huddersfield have won four league matches on the spin and are fighting for the play-offs thanks largely to their form at the John Smith’s Stadium. David Wagner’s decision to stay has had a positive impact also while the likes of Elias Kachunga and Nahki Wells will be licking their lips in anticipation ahead of this one.
Blackburn could well score, but Huddersfield have more than enough firepower to counter it. Expect them to register a ninth home win of the season.
Peterborough United v Coventry City
It’s turning out to be another immensely difficult campaign for Coventry City and the League One strugglers now look odds-on for the drop thanks to a run of seven successive defeats. The Sky Blues will be hopeful of ending 2016 on a more positive note at London Road, but a strong Peterborough side will probably put them to the sword.
Posh are hardly untouchable but Grant McCann’s men will be optimistic about reaching the play-offs this season. To achieve that goal, home games like this are considered must win clashes. With the attacking qualities of Marcus Maddison and Tom Nicholls at their disposal, the hosts should have more than enough quality to do it.
Peterborough have notched 23 in 12 home games while Coventry have leaked 25 in 12 on the road. The fact that the visitors have lost nine of those matches should only give further confidence to the home side, and that should inspire them to a relatively easy victory.
A lack of firepower means that Coventry will struggle to capitalise on Posh’s defensive frailties. With this in mind, we’re backing Peterborough to end the year with a bang. Let’s hope that Southampton and Huddersfield do too.