Premier League Betting Tips: Wins for Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City?
Boxing Day Football is a fine tradition, and we’re ready to do it all again with six Premier League games on the way.
We’ll start with a cracker at Leicester, before games at Aston Villa and Fulham at 15:00. That’s followed by Arsenal versus Chelsea and a double-header from the Etihad and Bramall Lane.
And so, much like a Christmas turkey, let’s get stuck into our Boxing Day Premier League betting tips…
Leicester v Man United (12:30)
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester were at their clinical, disciplined best in their 2-0 win over Tottenham last weekend.
The Foxes sit second in the table, but five defeats from 14 games suggests they aren’t the complete package just yet. For all their flaws, Man United are flying up the league table, and sit just a point behind the Foxes with a game in hand.
Both of these sides love playing on the road. Leicester have lost four of their seven games at the King Power, conceding 10 goals. United have won all six games away from Old Trafford. Does that tip things towards the Red Devils?
Whichever way it goes, we should see a few goals. Matches involving Leicester are averaging 3.07 goals per game, with games involving United increasing to 3.77 goals per match. With that in mind, we’re 8/15 about both teams to score, and 4/6 for over 2.5 goals in the Boxing Day opener.
Jamie Vardy has scored five times against United in the past, and with 11 Premier League goals already this season, the Leicester number nine is 16/5 to score first and 21/20 anytime.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are each 11/2 to score first, with Bruno Fernandes 7/4 to strike anytime.
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace (15:00)
If they can win their games in hand, Dean Smith’s Aston Villa could be jumping into the Champions League spots. But with games against Chelsea, Man Utd, Spurs and Everton coming up, the Villans will want to make the most of this home clash with Crystal Palace.
Villa are 19/20 favourites, with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, looking to bounce back from that 7-0 trouncing to Liverpool last week, are at 11/4. A draw can be backed at 13/5.
Smith’s side have kept clean sheets in their last three games, and it’s 6/5 that both teams don’t score.
Ollie Watkins is 7/2 favourite to score first, with Villa talisman Jack Grealish 12/5 anytime. For Palace, ex-Villa frontman Christian Benteke is 13/5 anytime, with Wilfried Zaha 6/1 to score first.
Fulham v Southampton (15:00)
Fulham have been markedly improved in recent weeks, collecting six points from their last five games.
Scott Parker’s side are 21/10 to beat high-flying Southampton, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints 13/10 favourites.
Southampton have been excellent so far this season, have only lost once away from St Mary’s.
Goals may be in short supply at Craven Cottage however. Each of Fulham’s last four games have seen under 2.5 goals, as have both of Southampton’s last two. Under 2.5 goals is 4/5, with a 1-1 draw 11/2.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Che Adams are 9/2 joint-favourites to score first, with Ivan Cavaleiro at 11/2 for Fulham and Shane Long 6/1 for Saints.
Arsenal v Chelsea (17:30)
Mikel Arteta and the Gunners sorely need a performance – and a result – but will it come on Boxing Day? In a bruising sign of the times, Arsenal are 3/1 to win at home, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea odds-on at 10/11 having responded to back-to-back defeats by downing West Ham 3-0 on Monday night.
Only Burnley, West Brom and Sheffield United have scored fewer than Arsenal’s six home goals. The Gunners have struck just twice in their last five league games at the Emirates, and 21/20 says both teams do not score, while under 2.5 goals is 20/23.
After missing the defeat to Everton, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 5/1 to score first with what would be just his fourth league goal of the campaign.
The Gabon striker isn’t the only forward out of sorts, however, with Chelsea’s Timo Werner also on a barren run. The German is 4/1 to score the opening goal, ahead of ex-Gunners man Olivier Giroud at 9/2.
Man City v Newcastle (20:00)
Something still isn’t quite clicking at Man City. They may have started the season a week late, but Pep Guardiola’s side have yet to sit higher than seventh in the table so far this term, and only once have they strung together two wins on the spin.
Nevertheless, the Cityzens should be plenty confident of three points versus Steve Bruce’s Newcastle. Our traders make City skinny 1/8 favourites, with the Magpies 25/1 for a Boxing Day knockout.
The Toon Army have lost their last 10 trips to the Etihad, by an aggerate 39-7 scoreline. Seven of the last eight meetings at City have seen four goals or more, and over 3.5 goals is 10/11, with Guardiola’s side 19/20 on the -2 handicap.
It remains to be seen if this one again comes too soon for Sergio Aguero, with Gabriel Jesus 3/1 to score first, ahead of Raheem Sterling (16/5) and Kevin De Bruyne (7/2). All four players are odds-on to net anytime. Callum Wilson has done well leading the line for Newcastle this season, but has his work cut out for him here, and is 11/1 to score first and 10/3 anytime.
Sheffield United v Everton (20:00)
Everton have regained their composure after their autumnal wobble, and will be keen to grab all three points against still-winless Sheffield United.
With just eight goals scored, the hosts are the joint-lowest scorers in the division, and are up against an Everton defence which has leaked just three goals in five games in a spell featuring clean sheets against high-flying Chelsea and Leicester.
Lys Mousset netted in the 2-0 win at Goodison Park last season, and is 13/2 to grab the opener here, ahead of Oliver Burke and Rhian Brewster at 7/1.
United will have their hands full trying to contain their former prodigy Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with Everton’s number nine already pinging in 11 goals this season. The England international is 3/1 favourite to score first and 11/10 to strike anytime.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing