Boxing Day Premier League Preview: Man City, Chelsea face easy opposition as Liverpool head to Stoke & Utd hosts Newcastle


This year on Boxing Day, the Premier League will see some very interesting fixtures as some of the giants of England will be put to test against some of the smaller teams.

After the 1-1 draw with Swansea, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be looking to dismantle any opposition that comes their way and it will be Newcastle who could face the backlash. The match is being played at Old Trafford so we can surely see some fireworks from the red side of Manchester.

Here is the complete fixture list of the Boxing Day matches followed by betting previews of the important fixtures:

Boxing Day Premier League Preview: Man City, Chelsea face easy opposition as Liverpool head to Stoke & Utd hosts Newcastle

Stoke City v Liverpool

Stoke City play host to Liverpool (7.45pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) and the draw makes plenty of appeal from a betting perspective at 3.3 with Paddy Power.

The Reds bounced back from a disappointing home defeat to Aston Villa with an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Fulham at Anfield last weekend, but face a side who are unbeaten in their last 8 English Premier League games.

Tony Pulis’ men have won four and drawn four in that period, but significantly three of those wins have come at home.

That suggests that they are going to be tough nuts to crack, especially as the stats are also not good for Liverpool as far as this fixture is concerned.

They have not won in the league at the Britannia since 1984/85, and the last three meetings in this fixture have resulted in a draw and two wins for the home side.

Liverpool have also failed to find the net in their last two visits in the league, going down 2-0 and 1-0.

That suggests they will need to be at their very best to secure victory, and given their unpredictability, the draw simply has to the bet at the odds-on offer.

Under 2.5 goals looks a solid bet at 1.62 with Betfred and Boylesports.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham look terrific value at 2.05 with Betfred to win their away game against Aston Villa (5.30pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1).

The home side come into the game on the back of an 8-0 thrashing by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and have won just two games at home this season.

By stark contrast, Spurs have lost just one of their last 8 games in all competitions (W5, D2) and have a decent record in this fixture.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side have not lost in the last four league meetings at Villa Park (W2, D2).

Both victories in that period have been by a 2-1 margin, and a repeat looks worth a wager at the 9 on offer with Betfred.

Jermaine Defoe tops the goalscoring charts in the Premier League for Spurs this season with an impressive tally 9 from 18 games, and looks a worthy favourite in the first goalscorer market at 6 with Betfred and Boylesports.

Over 2.5 goals also makes plenty of appeal from a punting perspective at 1.8 with Betfred and Paddy Power.

Another interesting stat is that in the last 8 league games between the two sides at Villa Park both sides have managed to find the back of the net.

That makes the 173 on offer with bet365 about both teams scoring look a cracking bet.

Manchester United v Newcastle United

Manchester United are 1.25 with Boylesports to beat Newcastle United in their Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford, and everything suggests they will do just that.

The Red Devils performed well below their best in their 1-1 draw at Swansea on Sunday, and Sir Alex is sure to have read them the riot act after that game.

A backlash can be expected and in a game in which they traditionally do well Newcastle look likely to feel the full force.

United have not lost at home to the Magpies in the Premier League since 1971/72 and the last time they met back in October at St James’ ran out easy 3-0 winners.

A similar scoreline, or bigger, could be on the cards in this as Newcastle have been a shadow of their former selves this season and have won just 5 of their 18 games.

Boxing Day Premier League Preview: Man City, Chelsea face easy opposition as Liverpool head to Stoke & Utd hosts Newcastle

All of those wins have come at home, and they have been beaten on the road by the likes of Southampton and Fulham.

By stark contrast, table toppers United have lost just three games all season and had been banging in goals for fun prior to their first draw of the campaign against Reading.

Robin van Persie who was unlucky not to score when hitting the bar against Reading and looks massively overpriced at 4 with bet365 to net the opener given that he is as short as 2.75 with one firm to do so.

I think there will be plenty of goals in this, and over 2.5 looks a solid odds-on shot at 1.44 with Boylesports.

United to win 4-0 or 5001 are my idea of the outcome, and those scorelines can be backed at 12 and 21 respectively with bet365 and Paddy Power.

Sunderland v Manchester City

Manchester City face a potentially tough Boxing Day Trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland, and at a best priced 1.57 with Paddy Power make little appeal for a betting perspective.

The Citizens haven’t won on their last three Premier League visits (L2, D1) and the Black Cats have beaten them 1-0 on their own patch in the last two seasons.

Martin O’Neill’s side also managed a 3-3 at the Etihad last season, but where comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the corresponding fixture when they last me back in October.

The Black Cats also come into the game having rediscovered their form with back-to-back wins in the top flight, and face a City side who were fortunate to beat Reading 1-0 at home as the weekend and haven’t been at their best on their travels this season.

Everything suggest this is going to be a tight game, and that makes the draw look worth a small wager at the 4 on offer with bet365 and Boylesports.

Under 2.5 goals at even money (2) with Boylesports also makes plenty of appeal, and for those that like to play the correct score market I would suggest 1-1 at 8 with Boylesports.

Norwich City v Chelsea

Chelsea are 1.62 with Betfred and Paddy Power to beat Norwich City at Carrow Road, and looks worthy odds-on shots to do so.

The stats are certainly good as far as Chelsea are concerned as they have managed to put 14 past Norwich in their last 5 meetings (W4, D1) in the league, with the home side managing just three in reply.

The Blues beat them 4-1 at Carrow Road back in October, and will be hopeful of another wide margin victory following their 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

That game saw Fernando Torres continue his resurgence under Rafael Benitez when he opened the scoring with a header in the third minute.

The Spaniard is priced up at 5.5 with bet365 and Paddy Power to repeat the does and bag the opener in this encounter, and looks well worth a punt at those odds.

Although everything suggests a comfortable win for Chelsea, it’s noting that the Canaries have been very good at home this season and managed to hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in the corresponding fixture last season.

However if Chelsea turn up in the same mood as they did against Villa then it’s hard to see them not coming away with all three points.

I fancy Chelsea to make their class tell an notch a 2-0 win, and that outcome is an 8 chance with bet365 and Betfred.

The other bet that looks a bit of value is for Chelsea to win to nil at 2.8 with Paddy Power.

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