Premier League Boxing Day Preview

The Boxing Day programme is one of the busiest of the season in the Premier League with all but two of the teams in action.

Liverpool lead the way at Christmas and have the chance to extend their lead to seven points as they host Newcastle United – led by their former boss Rafa Benitez.

Champions Manchester City in second will be urgently looking to bounce back from their shock home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at Leicester – who are coming off the back of a brilliant 1-0 win at Chelsea.

Like City, Chelsea will be anxious to recover from their unexpected loss at Stamford Bridge, and they will be hoping to do that against Watford at Vicarage Road – which would keep them in fourth.

Tottenham, lying in third, recorded a brilliant pre-Christmas win over Everton with a 6-2 thrashing of the Toffees and they will be hoping to continue their good form against Bournemouth at Wembley.

Arsenal will look to keep up the pressure on the top-four as travel to Brighton in one of the day’s late kick-offs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game back at Old Trafford is against Huddersfield and he will be hopeful of making it back-to-back wins after a 5-1 win at Cardiff in his opening game.

Neil Warnock will hope his Cardiff side can bounce back to victory, as he takes his Bluebirds to one of his former clubs, Crystal Palace.

The day’s opening game sees bottom-of-the-table Fulham host Wolves knowing victory would lift them off the foot.

See below for a preview on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Fulham 12:30 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Craven Cottage

TEAM NEWS: Wolves have a near fully fit squad with the only missing member being Diogo Jota.

Fulham hope to welcome back Ryan Sessegnon from a groin problem but midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is sidelined until the New Year.

KEY FACT: Wolves have never won in four previous Premier League trips to Craven Cottage
MATCH ODDS: Fulham 9/4 Draw 12/5 Wolves 11/8
bet365 Pick: Draw @12/5
ANDY SAYS: I see Wolves taking this, not too impressed with Fulham under Ranieri…0-2
GRAEME SAYS: Fulham need to get something here, I will take them for a draw but only just…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Ruben Neves – super player and is destined for big things

Burnley 15:00 Everton
Turf Moor

TEAM NEWS: Burnley hope to have Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady, back but Steven Defour looks to join Aaron Lennon, Stephen Ward and Nick Pope.

Everton could be without midfield duo Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gueye, but Yerry Mina should return.

KEY FACT: Burnley have won three of their past four Premier League fixtures against Everton
MATCH ODDS: Burnley 10/3 Draw 5/2 Everton 19/20
bet365 Pick: Michael Keane anytime @10/1
ANDY SAYS: I believe Burnley will get something here, Everton need to recover from their Spurs loss…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Everton bouncing back from their thrashing last time out and claiming a win here…1-3
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – a huge talent and one who still looks value for money on the Index

Crystal Palace 15:00 Cardiff City
Selhurst Park

TEAM NEWS: Cheikhou Kouyate, Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey are all expected to be available but Christian Benteke remains sidelined.

Cardiff hope to have Joe Bennett and Jazz Richards available, but Danny Ward remains sidelined.

KEY FACT: This will be the first Premier League fixture between two managers aged over 70
MATCH ODDS: Palace 4/6 Draw 3/1 Cardiff 19/4
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @10/11
ANDY SAYS: Only going one way here, and I am backing my former club to bring home the three points…3-1
GRAEME SAYS: Cardiff have been playing well but have to think that Palace claim the win here…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Andros Townsend – the former England man is playing well – so could still be some potential here

Leicester City 15:00 Manchester City
King Power Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Leicester hope star striker Jamie Vardy will be available, but Matty James and Daniel Amartey miss out.

Fernandinho, David Silva and Vincent Kompany could all be in-line to return for Man City, but Benjamin Mendy, Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are sidelined.

KEY FACT: City have suffered two defeats in their last three league games, as many as they had lost in their previous 61 top-flight matches.
MATCH ODDS: Leicester 17/2 Draw 17/4 Man City 4/11
bet365 Pick: Man City win & Both Teams To Score @13/10
ANDY SAYS: Man City will return to form with victory, little doubt…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: This is a tough game for Man City but you have to think they bounce back with a win…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Kevin De Bruyne – one of the world’s best players, plenty of value

Liverpool 15:00 Newcastle United

TEAM NEWS: Liverpool will welcome back Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita is expected to be fit, but Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain sidelined.

Newcastle’s are without Ki Sung-yueng, whoh is on international duty with South Korea, and Ciaran Clark is also out – but they are hope Jonjo Shelvey could feature.

KEY FACT:Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 22 Premier League home games against Newcastle
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/6 Draw 5/2 Newcastle 18/1
bet365 Pick: Liverpool to win to nil @8/11
ANDY SAYS: Liverpool win coming up, could be quite comfortable…3-0
GRAEME SAYS: Table topping Liverpool will win this, little doubt for me…4-0
Football Index – One to follow: Mo Salah – really is coming back to the form, the Egyptian is one to watch on the Index

Manchester United 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Old Trafford

TEAM NEWS: Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay could feature for United, but Alexis Sanchez is injured and Romelu Lukaku is away on compassionate leave.

Danny Williams, Tommy Smith, Aaron Mooy and Adbelhamid Sabiri remain long-term absentees but Jonathan Hogg and Rajiv van La Parra could return.

KEY FACT: United have lost just one of their past 14 games against Huddersfield in all competitions
MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 1/4 Draw 11/2 Huddersfield 14/1
bet365 Pick: Man Utd to win & Over 2.5 goals @8/11
ANDY SAYS: A comfortable first win for Ole Gunnar coming up here…4-0
GRAEME SAYS: United will win this, three points on the way and could be another big win…4-0
Football Index – One to follow: Jesse Lingard – finding form, one to watch on the Index

Tottenham Hotspur 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith remain sidelined, whilst Ryan Fraser is pushing for a recall.

Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko have joined a lengthy absentee list at Spurs, which already consists of Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Wanyama and Moussa Dembele.

KEY FACT: Tottenham have never lost a league match against Bournemouth
MATCH ODDS: Spurs 4/11 Draw 9/2 Bournemouth 8/1
bet365 Pick: Spurs to win & Both Teams To Score @13/i8
ANDY SAYS: Spurs are playing well, don’t see them not winning although Bournemouth are a decent side…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Bournemouth will find this too hard, home win coming off the back of a brilliant win at Everton…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Son Heung-min – a great player, who should get more praise, plenty of value left in him

Brighton & Hove Albion 17:15 Arsenal
Amex Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Shane Duffy returns from suspension for Brighton, but Lewis Dunk is banned. Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jose Izquierdo remain sidelined.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith-Rowe on the sidelines, but they hope to have Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi available.

KEY FACT: Brighton have won each of their last three home games against Arsenal in the top-flight
MATCH ODDS: Brighton 17/4 Draw 29/10 Arsenal 8/11
bet365 Pick: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1st Goal @13/5
ANDY SAYS: I think Arsenal will be too strong for Brighton…1-3
GRAEME SAYS: Brighton have been decent at home, I think they can get something here for sure…1-1
Football Index – One to follow: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – has been superb this season, worth looking at

Watford 19:30 Chelsea
Vicarage Road

TEAM NEWS: Watford remain without Will Hughes, Andre Gray, Sebastian Prodl and Adalberto Penaranda.

Alvaro Morata could return for Chelsea, but Victor Moses and Andreas Christensen remain sidelined.

KEY FACT: The Hornets have not won back-to-back matches against Chelsea since April 1987.
MATCH ODDS: Watford 17/4 Draw 14/5 Chelsea 3/4
bet365 Pick: Both Teams To Score @7/10
ANDY SAYS: I can see Watford holding Chelsea to a point here…1-1
GRAEME SAYS: Really tough call, but will just go with Spurs who have shown good form…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Eden Hazard – whilst he isn’t number one, still value

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