The festive feast of football is almost upon us and to celebrate, our tipsters have analysed the big Premier League action – providing you with a few top tips along the way.
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WATFORD v CRYSTAL PALACE
Boxing Day – 12:30
Walter Mazzari has done a fine job since taking over at Watford in the summer.
The former Inter and Napoli boss has guided the Hornets to 12th place in the Premier League after taking 21 points from their 17 games so far.
Despite their below par 2016/17 campaign, Crystal Palace haven’t actually performed too badly on the road so far. In fact, the South Londoners are ranked in 11th when it comes to Premier League away form, avoiding defeat in 50% of their games when playing away from Selhurst Park this season.
The Eagles have been dominant in recent meetings with Watford, losing just two of the last 12 games between the sides.
Palace have been particularly impressive in away clashes against Watford. The South Londoners have managed two wins from their last three trips to Vicarage Road and haven’t lost at Watford since 2009.
This will alarm Watford fans, who have already seen their side drop points in four of their eight home games this season.
Taking all of the above into consideration, the hosts’ price looks way too short for us and we are more than happy to lay them here.
BEST BET: DOUBLE CHANCE – PALACE OR DRAW @ 1/2
LEICESTER v EVERTON
Boxing Day – 15:00
Leicester enjoyed themselves in last season’s two league games against Everton. The Foxes won both fixtures, scoring six times along the way – including braces from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the respective home and away games.
It is fair to say that Ronald Koeman and Claudio Ranieri are both feeling the pressure at present.
Despite a great start to this season, Koeman has seen his Everton side fall to mid-table mediocrity after a run of just two wins in their last 12 league games.
Things have been even worse for Ranieri and Leicester. The Champions sit just three places and three points above the relegation zone – losing eight of their 17 league games this season.
To say that recent meetings between Leicester and Everton have been exciting would be an understatement.
The sides have shared a whopping 17 goals in their last four meetings, with all of those games ending with at least four goals and with both sides scoring.
Leicester and Everton have also been amongst the goals in the Premier League so far this season – netting on 44 occasions between them during the campaign.
We are going for a high scoring draw at the King Power.
BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 10/11
HULL v MAN CITY
Boxing Day – 17:15
Despite wins against Leicester and Swansea in the opening two games of the season, Hull’s season has quickly faltered and they now sit bottom of the Premier League table.
Free-scoring Manchester City currently occupy third place in the league after their comeback victory against Arsenal last weekend, however their leaky defence is a real cause for concern.
Pep Guardiola’s side have conceded 20 league goal this season and have only managed three clean sheets from their 17 ties.
Man City have won four of their last five clashes against Hull, scoring 13 goals in the process. However, it is also worth noting that Hull have failed to score in only two of those games.
Hull have won just one home game this season and failed to keep a clean sheet at the KCOM Stadium.
However, home goals haven’t been an issue for the Tigers of late. In fact, Hull have netted on six occasions during their last three home games.
Although Man City have won three of their last four away games, they have only managed to keep a single clean sheet – conceding at Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester along the way.
However, it is worth noting that City have managed to score 10 goals during that period.
We see Man City winning this one with relative ease, but we don’t fancy them to keep a clean sheet.
BEST BET: MAN CITY WIN & BTTS @ 15/8
LIVERPOOL V STOKE
Tuesday – 17:15
Liverpool have had a fine campaign so far, and will be coming into this game with an abundance of confidence after a late Sadio Mane goal winner in the Merseyside derby a week ago. That victory lifted the Reds to second in the league – they now find themselves just six points behind leaders Chelsea.
Things weren’t so rosy for Stoke in the last round of fixtures. The Potters surrendered a two-goal lead to ten man Leicester, eventually drawing the game 2-2 at the Britannia Stadium.
Liverpool are yet to lose at Anfield this season – winning five times and drawing twice. That said, the Reds have only played home games against two sides who currently occupy places in the top half of the table.
Jürgen Klopp’s men have failed to score in just one of their eight home Premier League games in the league this season, however, they have only managed to keep two clean sheets during that time.
Coincidently, Stoke have failed to score in just one of their last six Premier League away matches and have managed to net at both the Emirates and Old Trafford this season.
While they’ve had no trouble scoring on the road, the Potters have conceded in six of their eight away league games this season.
In the last five league clashes between Liverpool and Stoke, both teams have managed to net on three occasions with 22 goals being scoring in total.
We see both sides finding the net on Tuesday.
BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 10/11
SOUTHAMPTON v TOTTENHAM
Wednesday – 19:45
Many people worried about Southampton’s Premier League safety when Claude Puel took over at the club in the summer.
The former Monaco and Lyon manager was fairly unknown on these shores when he arrived in June and had to deal with losing key players such as Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama almost immediately after taking the hot seat.
However, the Frenchman has settled wonderfully. Southampton sit seventh in the Premier League and will also be competing in January’s League Cup semi-finals.
Tottenham are having another decent campaign and find themselves in fifth place after back-to-back Premier League wins over Hull and Burnley in recent weeks.
That said, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have tasted defeat in each of their last two away league games. However, it is worth noting that those losses were against Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
While Southampton got the better of Spurs in their last meeting, it is the North Londoners who have dominated recent games between the two sides.
Spurs have won six of their last eight games against Southampton and haven’t tasted defeat at St Mary’s since 2005.
We see Spurs getting the better of Southampton again on Wednesday night.
BEST BET: TOTTENHAM TO WIN @ 8/5
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