But that soon went the way of a new exercise regime/no lager/less curry as the full gloom of January descended with a feast of football one of the few rays of light.
I’ve decided to clean-up a few things this year – and the first is the running total at the bottom of this column.
Resetting the counter to zero means we can forget the less-than-stellar punting end to 2014 and focus on making some cash this year.
Over at West Ham it was a pretty poor festive season with just one point out of a possible nine.
Sam Allardyce talked his troops into their usual surrender before a ball was kicked at Chelsea while a pretty ordinary Arsenal side did a number on us and West Brom were good value for their draw.
It seems that Andy Carroll has had his one unplayable game of the season and has morphed back to a fairly predictable target man.
All that’s good about West Ham this season has come from fluid, pacey play with the ball on the deck.
Let’s hope the second half of the season doesn’t see Big Sam revert to type as balls are sent soaring up to Carroll while Kevin Nolan lumbers around the midfield.
The Hammers let a very ordinary looking Everton side off the hook in the cup on Tuesday – but I don’t see that equaliser spelling the end of the Toffee’s troubles.
They looked a less than harmonious unit and a visit from Champions Man City is the last thing they need.
City are a shade of odds-on to win so let’s boost the price with West Brom to win at home to Hull.
Tony Pulis is already getting a reaction out of the Baggies and Hull have only won two of their last eight league games.
The double pays nearly 3/1 which should pay for a few beers and a biryani to toast in the New Year.
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Running Total for all bets this year to a £10 stake: £0.00