Premier League New Year’s Day Preview

The first Premier League games of 2019 take place on New Year’s Day.

Everton host Leicester City in the opening top-flight clash of the year, before a capital derby clash as Arsenal entertain Fulham.

The final game of the day sees Tottenham travel to the Welsh capital to take on Cardiff.

See below for a preview on the game, 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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Everton 12:30 Leicester City
Goodison Park

TEAM NEWS: Daniel Amartey is sidelined for Leicester, who have doubts over Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan.

Everton have a near fully fit squad with only Ademola Lookman a doubt for The Toffees.

KEY FACT: Everton are looking for a third successive win over Leicester
MATCH ODDS: Everton 19/20 Draw 23/10 Leicester 3/1
bet365 Pick: Under 2.5 goals @4/5
ANDY SAYS: Everton to open the year with victory, but it will be close…1-0
GRAEME SAYS: I can see Leicester getting something here, draw for me…2-2
Football Index – One to follow: Richarlison – has looked great at Everton, well worth investing in

Arsenal 15:00 Fulham
The Emirates 

TEAM NEWS: Danny Welbeck, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are all sidelined for Arsenal, but Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal could feature.

Fulham are without Alfie Mawson and Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa whilst Calum Chambers is ineligible to face his parent club.

KEY FACT: Fulham have the worst defensive record in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 1/3 Draw 9/2 Fulham 13/2
bet365 Pick: Arsenal to win & Both Teams To Score @7/5
ANDY SAYS: Arsenal win coming, they will be too strong for Fulham…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Fulham have improved in recent weeks but Arsenal will win here…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Aleksandar Mitrovic – is proving what a good striker he is

Cardiff City 17:30 Tottenham Hotspur 
Cardiff City Stadium


TEAM NEWS: Kenneth Zohore, Danny Ward and Jazz Richards are all missing for Cardiff.

Spurs should have Serge Aurier back but Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Wanyama and Moussa Dembele all miss out.

KEY FACT: Cardiff have never scored against Tottenham in the Premier League
MATCH ODDS: Cardiff 6/1 Draw 10/3 Spurs 4/9
bet365 Pick: Draw @12/5
ANDY SAYS: Big win coming here for my former team…0-3
GRAEME SAYS: I don’t see this being a walk in the park for Spurs but they should have the edge…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Harry Kane – what a player and won’t let you down if you have him in your portfolio

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