Fri 13 Dec by Mark Gleeson
TAB soccer customers have a glorious chance to win big on some five-star soccer action this weekend that includes the Telkom final and nine English Premier League clashes.TAB is getting customers into the festive spirit with four soccer carryovers, including a R300,000 add-in to tomorrow’s Soccer 10 pool (S10 V2) and a R200,000 boost to Sunday’s Soccer 10 (S10 V1). The carryovers should boost both pools to over R3 million!To that you can add a R100,000 Soccer 6 carryover tomorrow (S6 V3 P1) and a likely R35-million Soccer 13 pool, which kicks off with nearly R7 million in the pot.With European club competition assignments successfully concluded in the week, EPL clubs return this weekend to the battle of trying to catch Liverpool.The leaders have a home game tomorrow against bottom-placed Watford, who have appointed Nigel Pearson as their third manager this season in a move that tells the tale of a disastrous campaign to date.Jurgen Klopp’s side should easily dispatch this opponent before they head out to Qatar to participate in the Club World Cup.Second-placed Leicester are equally well placed to add three more points to their season’s haul as they host struggling Norwich City.But for Manchester City, now back in third spot and already 14 points adrift of the leaders, there is another tough clash as they go away to Arsenal on Sunday.The Gunners are yet to name a replacement for Unai Emery with Freddie Ljungberg continuing as caretaker. His three games in charge to date have seen little change to a rudderless side in dire need of some direction.Manchester City are a far cry from the slick, all-conquering team of last season and while they have had the beating of Arsenal in recent years, are no sure bet for success at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.It will be tough for Tottenham Hotspur, too, as they go away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, where two Portuguese managers go up against each other.Jose Mourinho, who is having a positive impact at Spurs despite their midweek loss at Bayern Munich, goes up against Nuno Espirito Santo.The Wolves manager is highly-rated after securing promotion for his side in 2018 and then seventh place - and a Europa League place - at the end of their first season back in the Premier League.This is one where TAB customers will have to deliberate hard but Wolves could be a banker.Chelsea and Manchester United should also win this weekend to keep up with the front-runners and stay in the chase for Champions League places. Sheffield United are also fancied to stay on course after an unexpectedly solid start to their first EPL campaign in over a decade.
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