Boxing Day Football Tips: 26th & 27th December
Merry Christmas to you all!
Admittedly, it is a little late coming on Boxing Day but I hope that you have managed to enjoy whatever Christmas you managed to have this year. It’s certainly been a very different one for the vast majority of people and in keeping with tradition, we have a Boxing Day set of games in the Premier League to look forward to.
Well, that is not entirely accurate, we have six games on Boxing Day with four more played on the 27th December.
There are some cracking fixtures to enjoy across both days starting with Leicester City vs Manchester United and then later on Arsenal host Chelsea in what is essentially a must-win game for both clubs.
On the 27th we see Liverpool taking on West Brom at Anfield hoping that Sam Allardyce, the last man to manage a team that beat them in a Premier League game at Anfield, doesn’t end their 66 game unbeaten run with his Baggies side and then later on in the evening Spurs face an absolutely crucial game away to Wolves after two defeats on the bounce has left them sixth in the table and six points adrift of Liverpool at the top of the table.
We made a small loss last weekend of just under £12, so that is not great and I am hoping that this set of tips will get us going the right way to finish off the year with more profit.
Premier League Tips: Saturday 26th December
It is fair to say that both these teams would have preferred this game to be away from home. United have won all six of their away games this season and have not dropped a point on the road. Leicester have won six of their seven, their only defeat coming at Anfield to Liverpool and they have racked up wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in those games.
United it seems have the advantage of being on the road here and with it being a game between the two teams in second and third in the table, this game has added significance for the winner. United’s case is helped by the historic record which shows that they have lost just one of the last 24 games between the teams in all competitions and have won eight of the last nine games between the teams.
It doesn’t really make much of a case for Leicester who have been found out at home by a number of teams, many of them with considerably less firepower and counter-attacking flair than United possess and in truth, the more I look at the stats and the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, the more it just confirms that United are the clear and obvious pick here.
That said, this season has been so unpredictable that Leicester could win this game 5-0, or United could win it 6-0, or it could be any score in between! However, my gut feeling is that United win this game by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
There is huge pressure on Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal team. After an awful start to the season, they lie in 15th in the EPL table and are in danger of becoming embroiled in the relegation battle at the foot of the table. It is imperative that the Gunners start to pick up wins but I think they are going to struggle to do that here against Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s side bounced back from a couple of poor results to earn a solid 3-0 win over West Ham in what was probably a slightly flattering scoreline, but the clinical way in which Chelsea took their chances in the game will have pleased the manager.
Games between these teams usually see both teams score with 10 of the last 13 doing so and I can see that happening again here. Derby games do tend to be a little more open and with both sides needing a win for different reasons, I can see that being the case here too.
However, I can’t see any joy for Arsenal here. Chelsea are the better and more organised side and have better form and more confidence, which is why I am backing them to win this one 2-1.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 27th December
Somewhat oddly, the last nine games between the teams have seen West Ham win the first three, Brighton win the next three and then the last three games have all been score draws (and 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 draws at that!). However, at the moment, I feel that West Ham look to be the best bet between these two teams.
Historically, both teams have won 18 games between the two, with another 17 games drawn, so it has always been a very closely fought fixture over the years. However, at the moment, I just feel West Ham’s form, even on the back of that 3-0 defeat to Chelsea, is just that bit more consistent.
Brighton have been better away from home than at the AMEX this season which will certainly give them hope of landing an upset win here and West Ham have been surprised at home before, Newcastle beat them in their opening home game of the season, but I just feel the Hammers will bounce back well from that Chelsea loss to land what would be an important win to keep them strongly in the top half of the table heading into the new year.
This has turned from just a tough away game for Spurs for a season-deciding one. A defeat here could leave them nine points off top spot behind Liverpool going into the New Year and that may well be too big a gap to bridge even in this topsy-turvy season.
Wolves lie in mid-table and their form of late has been a little disappointing, with the loss of Raul Jimenez to injury very keenly felt in attack. Neto and Podence are their main attacking threat but they are diminished by lacking the presence of their Mexican centre-forward in attack.
It is fair to say that Kane and Son have not shone for Spurs in their last couple of games either and although they have contributed goals and/or assists, Mourinho will want more from his main goal threats, especially in tough away games like this.
The away team has a great record in this game and I think that is likely to continue here as I am backing Spurs to win this game by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.