The Premier League festive period is in full swing and it’s time to settle down with a sandwich brimming with Christmas lunch leftovers and get stuck in to an action-packed Boxing Day fixture list.
Our football expert looks at all the Premier League odds for a busy day of Boxing Day betting.
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Canaries to fall prey to Boxing Day Villains. Villa win to nil 33/1.
Saints to deliver Boxing Day blues to Chelsea 8/1.
Stalemate at Selhurst Park at 10/1.
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton’s last two fixtures on the road saw them take three points at the Emirates Stadium before going on to clinch a point at Crystal Palace. This puts them in good stead for their third away game of December when they visit a Spurs outfit who, under Jose Mourinho, are steadily ascending the Premier League table. Spurs would do well not to underestimate Graham Potter’s south coast side but ultimately the fire power of the home side’s forwards should prove too much to contend with and over 2.5 Spurs goals can be backed at 6/4.
Aston Villa v Norwich City
Villa Park plays host to Norwich this Boxing Day and the result will likely be crucial come the end of the season for these two sides who have been in and around the relegation zone for much of the campaign. Norwich haven’t won away since they travelled to Goodison Park three games ago and it is indeed the home side who are favourites to take the win. Look to the goalscorer market, though, particularly to Jack Grealish who has already equalled his best-ever scoring season for Aston Villa. He’s value at 15/2 to score first.
AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal
Not much separates these two teams in the Premier League table and it was just one goal that decided the outcome of their meeting in north London earlier in the season. A ninth-minute David Luiz goal was enough to determine the result and the Gunners will once again expect to cure their Christmas hangover with another three points this time around. Another 1-0 scoreline in favour of Arsenal could certainly prove fruitful at a price of 21/2.
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea’s last home game saw them overturned by an 84th minute Dan Gosling goal, which was awarded by the video assistant referee. Now they face another coastal club in Southampton who look like they will be embroiled in a relegation battle. Despite last season’s edition of this fixture ending in a stalemate, the Saints backline will not be keen to come up against Blues top-scorer Tammy Abraham who is 11/4 to net first and the same price to clinch the last goal of the game.
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
West Ham will be well rested for the short trip across the capital to face Crystal Palace, having not participated in the last round of fixtures due to Liverpool’s involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup. The Hammers established a 1-0 lead at St Mary’s when last in action and went on to see the game out to take all three points. Now a London derby beckons against an Eagles outfit who, when last at home, could only muster enough to share the spoils with Brighton. Another draw here can be backed at 5/2.
Everton v Burnley
Burnley took the win when these two sides met at Turf Moor in October. Goodison Park is never an easy place to go and the Clarets will be all too aware of this. Everton’s first home match there this month ended in a 3-1 victory over Chelsea and the Toffees’ final home game of the year could be a potentially trickier one to navigate. Everton are odds on for the win, with both a 2-0 and 2-1 result priced up at 7/1.
Sheffield United v Watford
Bramall Lane is the venue for the Hornets’ Boxing Day fixture, where they look unlikely to be a cut above the Blades who have been enjoying a very successful campaign to date. Watford, meanwhile, have endured a torrid time and spent much of the season anchored to the bottom of the table. They have been lacking in firepower and look like a team resigned to the idea of playing Championship football in 2020. Sheffield United to win both halves seems prudent, especially at 2/1.
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Still harbouring hopes of securing a spot in the Champions League, Manchester United will view Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford as a must-win affair. Still trying to make amends for the poor and inconsistent start to the season, the Red Devils can capitalise upon some of Newcastle’s notable absentees. That said, Steve Bruce will be itching to clinch a statement win here and it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility for the Magpies to do so. A bold backing of a point a piece is 4/1.
Leicester City v Liverpool
There is no let off as Liverpool turn their attentions back to Premier League football, with a trip to the King Power Stadium to contend with off the back of their journey home from Qatar. The Foxes haven’t beaten Liverpool since February 2016, which is a run that Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to extend. Mohamed Salah is enjoying another goal-packed season so far, netting a brace in his last league match when Watford came to visit. It likely won’t be straightforward but the Reds should get the job done and Salah is a decent 7/4 to score at any time.