Boxing Day Premier League Preview

Published by on December 23, 2016

All but four Premier League teams will be in action on Boxing Day.

It’s a chance for Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal to gain more ground in the title race, while all of the bottom three will also be taking to the field.

Here’s what to look out for:

Hull vs Manchester City

Unsurprisingly, given Hull’s recent record, you won’t win a lot for staking on City here; they’re at 1/3 on. The most promising bet here is for Pep Guardiola’s side to win by two goals, which is at 3/1.

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Managerless Crystal Palace head to Watford for their first test without Alan Pardew. Sam Allardyce is the favourite to take over, but it seems unlikely that’ll happen until after Christmas. Watford should be feeling confident – the Hornets to win and Troy Deeney to score in 90 minutes is good value at 4/1.

Arsenal vs West Brom

After Arsenal’s dreadful last few games, the more optimistic will fancy a 4/1 draw. Tony Pulis has caused plenty of upsets before, though the Baggies haven’t won at the Emirates since 2010.

Burnley vs Middlesbrough

This is one of the few games with good value in the result – it’s 2/1 for a draw. Burnley gave a good account of themselves despite defeat at Spurs last weekend, while Middlesbrough boosted their own survival hopes with a 3-0 win over Swansea. Alvaro Negredo looked back to his best, and he’s at a decent 5/1 as first goalscorer.

Leicester vs Everton

The key question here is who, if anyone, will score for Leicester in Jamie Vardy’s absence. It’s 5/1 for two bets – Islam Slimani to be first goalscorer, and for the big hitman to be last goalscorer. He’s got to be Leicester’s best hope, while Everton desperately need to bounce back from heartbreak in the Merseyside derby.

Chelsea vs Bournemouth

Likewise, Chelsea’s main concern will be who replaces Diego Costa. Michy Batshuayi is set to come into the side, but it seems the bookies are pretty sure of him getting his first league goal for the Blues – he’s at 5/6 to score in 90 minutes, so he’s probably a little too obvious.

Manchester United vs Sunderland

David Moyes’ return to Old Trafford isn’t likely to be a happy one, and his Sunderland side will do their best to thwart United as best they can. It’s hard to foresee many goals, as Jose Mourinho has been way too reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Red Devils to win with under 2.5 goals in the match is at 21/10.

Swansea vs West Ham

Swansea are favourites, but only just. West Ham seem to have spent the week writing begging letters for players on loan, and that says it all about their lack of options up front. With that in mind, it’s probably best to punt for a draw, or for Swans’ top scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson to score first at 5/1.