It’s the festive fixture schedule – which means that just 48 hours after some teams have done it once – they have to do it all over again.
But the frequency of fixtures means that there’s opportunities to make some money from the bookies.
We look at Tuesday’s Premier League matches and highlight the best bets.
Man Utd vs Wolves – Utd win BTTS 5/2
West Brom vs Leeds – Under 2.5 goals 5/4
Southampton vs West Ham – West Ham win 23/10
Brighton vs Arsenal – Arsenal win 13/10
Burnley vs Sheffield United – 1-0 correct score 11/2
Manchester United vs Wolves, 8pm
This match heralds a run of four successive home matches for United, and the opportunity to prove they have finally overcome the home sickness which troubled them earlier on in the campaign.
United’s recent form has justified their favouritism.
Since losing at home to Arsenal on November 1, United have beaten West Brom and Leeds and drawn with neighbours Manchester City in domestic Old Trafford action, while Wolves won at Arsenal, but then lost to Liverpool and Burnley on the road before Sunday night’s draw with Spurs.
Another draw is 3/1 .
Goals look likely. Six of United’s last eight matches have featured Over 3.5 goals, an 11/5 shot with thepools.com, although only two of Wolves last four have gone Over 2.5.
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This fixture features two of the division’s best comeback teams. Since the start of 2018/19 only Liverpool have picked up more points from losing positions than Man United (44) and Wolves (40).
Another stat to consider is that since the beginning of 2019/20, United’s 32 penalties (27 scored) in all competitions is the highest of any side across Europe’s top five divisions.
Bruno Fernandes, 7/2 first scorer , is on penalties.
West Brom vs Leeds, 6pm
This fixture has been thrown up in the air by Big Sam’s arrival.
Both sides were in action on Sunday and both secured excellent results – Leeds edging Burnley 1-0 and The Baggies drawing at Anfield. Both games went Under 2.5 goals and at 5/4 that is the stand-out bet tonight.
The first goal could be crucial. Leeds are yet to pick up a point away from home when conceding first this season, and Allardyce will have his side well drilled to avoid doing just that.
Southampton vs West Ham, 6pm
The Hammers could be Tuesday’s coupon buster.
A goalless draw on Boxing Day gave Southampton a third winless game in a row (D2, L1), the Saints recording just three attempts at goal – the joint-fewest they’ve registered in a Premier League game since 2003/04.
And the shot shy Saints now face a West Ham team they have lost five straight head to heads against.
The sight of the Saints will be a welcome won for David Moyes’ men, after their 3-0 defeat at Chelsea ended a nine game scoring run away from home.
The three Premier League away wins they have picked up so far is just one shy of their entire away tally from last campaign.
Che Adams has scored in Southampton’s last three home wins and is a 2/1 anytime scorer.
Sebastien Haller, who scored West Ham’s last away opener, has netted in his last two appearances against the Saints and is 13/2 to score first tonight.
Brighton vs Arsenal, 6pm
The Gunners have had approximately 21 hours longer to prepare for this than the Seagulls – but in truth their next match couldn’t come quickly enough after the Boxing Day derby demolition of Chelsea.
The visitors are favourites – but a generous price of 13/10 underlines how inconsistent Arsenal’s recent results have been. We’ll still take it though.
Three of those draws have ended 1-1 and the correct scoreline for that particular outcome is 11/2.
Burnley vs Sheffield United, 6pm
Or the match already being earmarked for the last on Match of the Day slot.
Burnley have lost just two of their last eight – and across that eight-game period only five sides had a lower goals conceded average than theirs of 1.0 per game – and five came in just one match at Manchester City.
A 1-0 defeat on Boxing Day gave rock-bottom Sheffield United an 18th consecutive winless Premier League game (D2, L16) – the longest current Premier League run without a clean sheet.
But more than three-quarters of those defeats (76.92%) have been by a one-goal margin.
The previous two head to heads at Turf Moor finished 1-1 and that outcome is 5/1.