Watford vs Crystal Palace:
Sam Allardyce will take control of Palace for the first time on Boxing Day as he aims to keep the Eagles out of the relegation zone. The Hornets have not won a Premier League game on Boxing Day since 1986. Winning just six league games, it is difficult seeing Palace making inroads against a strong Watford side.
Leicester City vs Everton
The Foxes did the double over the Toffee’s last season however they were their only two wins against them in their last 13 games. They will also be without striker Jamie Vardy as he serves his suspension. They have also conceded at least one goal in their last 10 games. With this, however, Everton have lost four consecutive away fixtures, I expect goals in this one.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth:
The league leaders will attempt a club record as they seek their 12th league victory in a row. Winning five of their last seven against the Cherries, and not losing on Boxing day since 2006, the Blues look likely to break their record.
Swansea vs West Ham:
The Swans dispatched the Hammers last time around 4-1 however this has been their only victory in their last seven clashes. West Ham’s history at Liberty Stadium is not great, taking just one point in their last three visits and not winning there since 1983. Keeping clean sheets in the past two games, the Hammers have found some defensive stability, I expect a tight affair.
Manchester United vs Sunderland:
A much-anticipated return to Old Trafford for David Moyes makes this one of the most interesting clashes of the week. United have lost just once to the Black Cats in their past 24 league meetings at home, whilst they are also the most successful team on Boxing day. The goals have also started coming for United as Ibrahimovic has now scored 8 goals in December from just 9 shots on target.
Arsenal vs West Brom:
The Gunners have lost just one of their last 11 league games against the Baggies. This loss came in September 2010 (3-2). Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day last year was their heaviest loss in over 100 years on the day. However, they have not lost three matches in a row since 2012, expect the Gunners to bounce back.
Burnley vs Middlesbrough:
Middlesbrough have won five consecutive Boxing Day fixtures without conceding a goal. Whilst Burnley have failed to win any of their last six games against Boro, failing to score in four of them. In terms of top flight action, however, this will be their first meeting since 1976. It is difficult to be certain on a result in this one, so stick with the goals market.
Hull City vs Manchester City:
The Citizens have lost just one of their last eight clashes against Hull. The Tigers found themselves at the bottom of the table at Christmas, 21 of the 24 teams on the bottom in previous seasons have not avoided relegation, they are currently the only team not to win thus far in the month of December. Back the safe favourites.
Liverpool vs Stoke City:
The Reds are undefeated in their last 15 home games, the longest current run of any premier league side. They have also won five of their last six matches against the Potters, losing infamously 6-1 on the final day of the 2014/15 season. The Potters have failed to score in their past eleven of seventeen visits to Anfield. Liverpool were also able to keep a rare clean sheet last week.
Southampton vs Tottenham:
Both of these sides were able to comeback from deficits last week to earn crucial victories in the context of their campaigns. The Saints’ 2-1 victory back in May ended a run of seven premier league games without beating the Spurs. Incredibly, Southampton have not conceded a goal at home for just over five hours, this one should be very tight.
Prophet’s Recommended Promotion:
With Liverpool ($1.29), Arsenal ($1.30), Chelsea ($1.38) , Manchester City ($1.33) and Manchester United ($1.20) all being warm favourites this week it might be worth while making a multi. If one of them loses you’ll get your stake back.
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