One of the most famous sporting fixtures that takes place over the festive period in the UK is the Boxing Day fixture list in the Premier League. The Christmas and New Year period has traditionally been a busy period for football teams and often the teams that come out of this time of the season well and at the top of the table, generally go on to challenge for the title come the spring.
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Let’s take a look now at all ten Matchday 15 games in the Premier League starting with the six on Boxing Day, followed by the four on the 27th December, complete with our tips for each game in the Correct Score market.
Premier League Fixtures (26th & 27th December)
Outlined below are the fixtures scheduled for Matchday 15 in the Premier League taking place on Boxing Day and the 27th December. We have previewed each game and given you our tip for how we see each game unfolding.
26th December Games
- Leicester City v Manchester United (12.30pm)
Having played on Sunday, these two teams probably won’t be too happy to be in action again on Saturday lunchtime, especially with Man Utd having also played in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals in midweek. That I feel could give Leicester, who will have had almost a week’s rest coming into this game a big advantage. Fatigue, especially for those teams in the Champions and Europa League, has been clearly evident for some in recent weeks and I think United could pay the price of that here. Even so, their away record is such that it is hard to back against them getting something from this game, so I am backing a draw here. Take the 1-1 draw at 13/2.
- Fulham v Southampton (3.00pm)
Fulham’s most recent form has been much improved, whereas Southampton’s home form has taken a bit of a beating with successive defeats to both Manchester clubs. On the road though, Southampton have been one of the strongest teams in the Premier league over 2020 and I think that they have more than enough quality to get the job done here, although that task will be made easier of Danny Ings’ injury is not as bad as first feared. Back Southampton to win 2-1 at 9/1.
- Aston Villa v Crystal Palace (3.00pm)
After their 7-0 home drubbing by Liverpool, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles will be hoping for a major response to that away to Aston Villa. While Villa have shone against the big teams in the Premier League this season, their record against the bottom half sides is not quite as impressive and I think this is a tricky game for them here. I can’t see too many goals here and one goal may win it and I am just favouring Villa to claim that win with a 1-0 win (17/2).
- Arsenal v Chelsea (5.30pm)
A crucial London derby for both teams, but for different reasons. Arsenal desperately need a positive result as they flirt with the relegation zone, while Chelsea need a win after dropping off the pace slightly at the top of the table in recent weeks. I do worry for the Gunners given their recent performances and even though Chelsea’s recent form isn’t great, I still feel that they are the better team here and will claim the win. Back Chelsea to win 2-0 at 10/1.
- Manchester City v Newcastle United (8.00pm)
Manchester City’s recent form isn’t spectacular and they don’t score the number of goals this season that they have in previous seasons. However, defensively they look much more solid and that could be key against a Newcastle side who also rely on a strong defence. I can’t really make any case for a Newcastle win here to be honest and I expect City to come out comfortable winners by a 2-0 scoreline (15/2).
- Sheffield United v Everton (8.00pm)
The Blades performances have not been a problem this season, it has been picking up wins and points that has eluded Chris Wilder’s team so far and in truth, I can’t see that improving any here against an Everton side in great form with three wins against very good opponents (Leicester, Chelsea and Arsenal) on the bounce. The Toffees do look like genuine top 6 or even top four challengers in this form and I expect them to win here. Take Everton to win 2-1 at 16/1.
27th December Games
- Leeds United v Burnley (12.00pm)
Leeds United have been a great team to watch in the Premier League this season and they come into this game having scored more goals in the bottom half than any other team (and more than Manchester City). Conceding goals has been their issue but in truth with 6 goals from 12 games, Burnley find scoring them a real problem too and I think that is why Leeds will be celebrating a victory here. Take Leeds to win 3-1 at 12/1.
- West Ham v Brighton (2.15pm)
West Ham’s lofty position is probably unexpected for most Hammers fans, but they deserve to be in the upper echelons of the table after some solid performances and big wins in key games. Brighton have performed well but found converting that into wins tough and I think the Seagulls will struggle here too. West Ham look formidable at home again and I can see them picking up another three points here. Back West Ham to win 2-0 at 12/1.
- Liverpool v West Brom (4.30pm)
After seeing Palace ship seven to the Reds in their last game, new West Brom Sam Allardyce’s game plan will be to defend deep, try and hit the Reds on the counter and snatch a point from the game. It is a tactic he has used consistently before, to good effect at Anfield at times but given the form Liverpool are in at the moment, I am backing them to pick up another big three points here. Take Liverpool to win 3-1 at 11/1.
- Wolves v Tottenham (7.15pm)
There is no doubt that Raul Jimenez’s injury has blunted Wolves attacking threat and against a team like Tottenham that have a massive threat of their own in Son and Kane, that is a huge loss. Spurs recent record is generally good away from home, a defeat at Anfield is no disgrace, and although Wolves are tough to beat at home, I fancy Jose Mourinho’s men to deliver the win. Back Tottenham to win 2-0 at 10/1.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12pm on Sunday 20th December 2020.