Thursday signals a New Year and we’re looking to start 2015 in a fitting manner by landing this 11/2 treble.
With matches in the Premier League, SPL, and Non-League to choose from, there is plenty of action for punters to sink their teeth into. We’re backing these three home teams to start 2015 with a win.]
West Ham United V West Bromwich Albion
It was a disappointing Christmas period for Sam Allardyce’s West Ham as they fell to both Chelsea and Arsenal but it has generally been a fantastic campaign for the Hammers and they will be looking to bounce back in style by winning this New Year’s Day clash with West Brom.
Despite losing back-to-back league games for the first time this term, West Ham are still residing in sixth place and will be quietly confident about their hopes of securing European football next season. Conversely, a run of three straight defeats has left Baggies boss Alan Irvine fighting for his job and defeat at the Boleyn Ground could lead to a second managerial casualty in two weeks.
The Hammers have already beaten the Baggies once this season, claiming an impressive 2-1 win at the Hawthorns a month ago and that should stand them in good stead for this one. If the likes of Alex Song and Stewart Downing can control the midfield, it should be a comfortable afternoon for the hosts.
There has been a real sense of positivity emanating from Upton Park in recent months and we’re backing them to start 2015 with a bang.
West Ham win @17/20 with William Hill
Hamilton Academicals V Motherwell
Hamilton Academicals have enjoyed a fantastic first season back in the SPL and will be eager to start 2015 in style with a home win over stuttering Motherwell.
Alex Neil’s men scored an emphatic 4-0 win in the reverse match at Fir Park and will be extra confident ahead of this crucial fixture at New Douglas Park. The hosts have hit 16 goals in their previous eight home games and will be expected to increase their tally against an away side that has shipped 14 on the road.
In fact, Hamilton boast two of the SPL’s top three strikers this season and the firepower of Mickael Antoine-Curier and Anthony Andreu could be the difference, especially as Motherwell have won just twice on the road.
Motherwell have enjoyed improved form over the festive period but we think it will come to an end against Hamilton.
Hamilton Academicals win @4/6 with William Hill
Bristol Rovers V Torquay United
Darrell Clarke’s Pirates have done brilliantly well to bounce back from their poor start and are now sitting second in the Vanarama Conference. After a difficult 2014, the New Year promises to be much brighter for Rovers and that should start with a win over Torquay.
The Pirates enter this contest on the back of three straight league wins, a run that has seen them close the gap on Barnet to seven points, and victory against the Seagulls could reignite their hopes of lifting the title. Included in those three results was a 2-1 triumph at Plainmoor on Boxing Day and that should serve as another huge confidence boost heading into this reverse clash.
Rovers have been superb at the Memorial Ground this term, registering 33 points from a possible 42 and scoring 23 with just eight conceded. Meanwhile, Chris Hargreves’ men have lost half of their games on the road and could be in for another struggle here.
Torquay aren’t a bad side but they couldn’t have chosen a harder game considering their recent dip in form. Home win.
Bristol Rovers win @ 11/10 with William Hill
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