Premier League Boxing Day Accumulator: New manager bounce in full flow at Old Trafford and St…
Premier League Boxing Day Accumulator: New manager bounce in full flow at Old Trafford and St Mary’s
It’s somewhat ironically the dawn of a new era at Old Trafford given those who have replaced Jose Mourinho are from a bygone era, a much happier time.
There’s no denying that United fans have a lot to be festive about, even though many rival fans will argue ‘they only beat Cardiff’. Well, not only did they score five, but they now have a manager who looks like he wants to play ‘the United way’.
This weekend I’ve got a feeling there’s going to be goals in both the Liverpool and Manchester United matches. Also could it be three wins in the league in a row for Southampton for the first time since the 15/16 season? Let’s find out.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle
Wednesday, 26 December, 15:00
A solid performance at a tricky Wolves side coupled with losses for both Manchester City and Chelsea means Liverpool confirmed their position at the top of the table for Christmas and Boxing Day at the very least.
I originally wanted to select the handicap market for this bet, but in order to get decent value you have to take not one but two goals off the Reds. That sounds like it might come off, but for me Newcastle are far too volatile to take that risk.
The fact is that Liverpool have scored in both halves in their last three matches and, as it’s a Jurgen Klopp side, they’re going to do everything to score early on to maintain the pressure throughout.
If that comes to fruition then Newcastle will have to score, however, they might not be under pressure to do so until the second half. If the game gets stretched and the Magpies are trying to score, a combination of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino will be ideal to cement the lead or get another goal should Newcastle pull one back.
Manchester United vs. Huddersfield
Wednesday, 26 December, 15:00
Much like this ACCA’s first match, I fully expect one side to dominate the other at Old Trafford. This time I’m happy to back the handicap selection too, simply because I don’t think Huddersfield will score.
Much like towards the end of his time with Chelsea, I think many of the players under Mourinho at United didn’t need a head coach as much as they need guidance. When there’s a change of personnel there’s the opportunity to continue with what you were trying to build or admit wrongdoing and opt for a total change. I think United have opted for the latter.
Players like Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba all have outstanding ability, however, until the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær they lacked confidence. Give them a comforting arm around the shoulder plus a bit of freedom to express themselves on the pitch and they can cause any side in Europe problems.
I’m running out of superlatives to describe just how much Huddersfield are in trouble. Unfortunately, for them, playing against a resurgent United side, under new management, at Old Trafford, might be the toughest game they have all season.
Assuming Huddersfield continue to employ a gegenpressing style I think United, without the regimented setup, have the quality to play cutting through balls and pick out pinpoint passes to leave Huddersfield at sixes and sevens. Let’s just hope if you’re a Terriers’ fan the score doesn’t end up six or seven.
Southampton vs. West Ham United
Wednesday, 27 December, 19:45
West Ham are one of the hardest teams to back either for or against this season. They picked up four wins on the bounce then lost to an ‘out of form’ Watford at home last time out. That followed a run earlier this season when they bagged four points from Manchester United and Chelsea and then one point from Brighton and Leicester. There’s no denying that West Ham are a mixed bag this season.
Ralph Hasenhüttl has reinstalled belief in a bewildered Saints fanbase in recent weeks. Not since back in April 2017 have Southampton won two league games in a row, but I’m backing them to make it three on Boxing Day.
I think everybody knows just how important it is to ride this wave of good form. Unfortunately, at Southampton one never quite knows how long it’s going to last.
It’s amazing what a strike force that scores goals can do for a side. With three goals in his last two matches, Danny Ings will ultimately be the difference maker here if he shows the form he has since Hasenhüttl was put in charge. Add to that the fact Southampton have scored six in their last two games and I just don’t think the ‘ammers will have enough.
Recommended Accumulator Summary
Back Liverpool to Score in Both Halves @ 5/8
Back Man Utd (-2 Asian Handicap ) @ 11/10
Back Southampton @ 6/5
Total ACCA Odds: 6.8/1
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