Thursday 26th December 2019 Fixtures
Spurs vs Brighton (12:30pm)
Aston Villa vs Norwich (3pm)
Bournemouth vs Arsenal (3pm)
Chelsea vs Southampton (3pm)
Crystal Palace vs West Ham (3pm)
Everton vs Burnley (3pm)
Sheffield United vs Watford (3pm)
Manchester United vs Newcastle (5:30pm)
Leicester City vs Liverpool (8pm)
Friday 27th December 2019 Fixtures
Wolves vs Manchester City (8pm)
Sheffield United to Win to nil against Watford
Sheffield United are the surprise package of the Premier League season so far. Chris Wilder's men are in 5th position in the league and 3rd meanest defence in the league (only 16 goals conceded). Their opponents on Boxing day, Watford, have under performed and already on manager three for this season!
Sheffield United are on a three game winning streak with only one defeat in their last eleven matches. Chris Wilder's team has been built on solid foundations, racking up 7 clean sheets so far in the Premier League. The last time a promoted side were this high in the Premier League on Christmas Day, was when Ipswich were 5th in the 2000/01 season.
Watford have only scored 11 goals all season, but in Ismaïla Sarr it looks like Nigel Pearson may have a talent who can change the Hornets fortunes. If you fancy Sarr for first goalscorer then Paddy Power are best odds, offering 12/1.
John Fleck is back in contention after a suspension for Sheffield United, but Watford will be without Abdoulaye Doucoure after picking up a suspension in the win over Manchester United on Sunday. Fleck got two goals last time out, and if you fancy him to score again you can get 5/1 with Unibet. Watford have a number of players who remain sidelined including Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Jose Holebas, Sebastian Prodl and Daryl Janmaat.
Although Watford have been better in recent games, I fancy Sheffield Utd to notch up another gritty win to nil, 2/1 with Bet Victor.
Arsenal to Win and BTTS
Arsenal's away game against Bournemouth at 3pm on Boxing Day, mark's Arteta's first match in charge of Arsenal. Eddie Howe heads into the game after a poor result against Burnley at the weekend and six defeats in their last seven.
Bournemouth face a number of injury concerns particularly in defensive positions, with Nathan Ake out and Diego Rico suspended. Arsenal have their own defensive issues with Calum Chambers out.
Howe will be hoping his main striker, Callum Wilson can rediscover his scoring touch having last scored before the 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture with Arsenal. If you fancy Wilson to find the net anytime during the match, Unibet are offering 17/10.
We don't really know Arteta's style of play, but it's a good game for Arteta given Bournemouth's poor form. If Arsenal can rediscover their attacking prowess they should take all three points and continue their good form against the Cherries (winning their last four out five matches). Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeang hasn't scored since the 3-1 win over West Ham, but if you fancy him for first scorer Unibet are best priced at 18/5.
Arsenal should feel buoyed by the clean sheet against Everton, but no goals in their last two games will be of concern. I can't see Arsenal keeping two clean sheets in a row (13/5 with Coral), therefore I'm going for an Arteta mini bounce with a potential goal scoring win. I'm going with Arsenal to win and both teams to score. at 9/2 with Betfair!
Liverpool to beat Leicester by a one goal margin
The top two are in action in the evening (8pm) game on Boxing Day, as Leicester City host the newly crowned World Club Cup champions.
Despite one place separating the teams, Liverpool are ten points above Leicester with a game in hand. This game could reinvigorate the Premier League title race for the challengers or it could all but end hopes. Leicester City have been a tough nut for Liverpool to crack in recent years with four out five matches ending with a Liverpool win by a one goal margin.
After the World Club Cup Liverpool should have a boost, despite the travel and extra game time. Klopp isn't one to shuffle his pack in the big games and fully expect Salah, Mane and Firmino to start the game. Unsurprisingly all top the odds to score the first goal in the game, Salah at 5/1 with Unibet, Mane at 21/4 with Unibet and Firminio at 13/2 with Coral!
I fancy Liverpool to get a win against Leicester, but only just and that's why a Liverpool by a one goal margin would be my suggested bet on the game. I would back Liverpool to win by 1 goal at 3/1 with Paddy Power!
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