Premier League Preview - Game 20 Boxing DaySunday, December 24 2017
The blank from Chelsea and the last minute equaliser at Leicester won’t be the only shockers of the festive period. Boxing Day’s coupon looks a testy one too.
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Tottenham v Southampton
Normal service looked to have been resumed at Burnley. Just in time for a tidy run of fixtures before a double header with Liverpool and Man United at the end of January. Another quick start will take care of Southampton, who have taken just one point from seven matches against Top Eight teams.
Tap in: Home Win at 1/3.
Smart Money: Tottenham Win & Under 3.5 Goals at 11/10.
Scorecast: Solid 2-0.
Bournemouth v West Ham
Four defeats on the spin and a growing injury list has left Bournemouth reeling a bit. Although they have been decent against Bottom Half teams so far – W4 D3 L1. West Ham’s revival has stuttered in the last two, but their performances have been good enough to get something here.
Tap in: Both Teams to Score at 5/6.
Smart Money: Draw & Both Teams to Score at 10/3.
Long Shot: West Ham Win & Both Teams to Score is value at 9/2.
Scorecast: A point apiece will be a decent afternoon’s work. 1-1.
Chelsea v Brighton
Chelsea are not anywhere near the fluent unit we saw last season but they are efficient at home and there’s no escaping Brighton’s away record. Six trips to Top Half teams has yielded just one point and not a single goal.
Tap in: Home Banker but 1/5 is an insult.
Smart Money: Chelsea & Under 3.5 Goals is more like it at 10/11.
Long Shot: Chelsea Win, Under 12.5 Corners & Under 35.5 Booking Points at 11/5. (Coral #YourCall)
Scorecast: A fifth 2-0 defeat on the road for Brighton.
Huddersfield v Stoke
Huddersfield’s six-pointer over Brighton a month ago has been a mini turning point. Four points since has them going into this six-pointer in better fettle than Stoke. Beating West Brom was essential, but won’t have improved their mood. It’s just one point from four on the road.
Tap in: Huddersfield Draw No Bet at 8/11.
Long Shot: Draw & Both Teams to Score is value at 17/5.
Scorecast: 1-1 written all over it.
Man United v Burnley
This is an ugly one for Man United on the back of a sloppy late goal loss in the EFL Cup and spilled points at Leicester. They’ll be glad to be back at home – where only City have been better this season. But Burnley have had points off Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs already and will enjoy this more than United.
Tap in: Burnley (+3) at 2/5 looks better than the Home Win at 1/4.
Smart Money: Man United Win & Under 3.5 Goals is decent value at 20/23.
Long Shot: Man United Win, Under 10.5 Corners & Under 35.5 Booking Points at 3/1. (Coral #YourCall)
Scorecast: A nervy 2-1.
Watford v Leicester City
It’s all gone a bit wonky for Watford lately. After 15pts from their opening eight matches, they have mustered just 7pts from their last 11. Leicester arrive in good shape, seven unbeaten on the road and buoyed by draws against the Manchester pair in their last two (all comps). Can’t see them leaving empty handed.
Tap in: Both teams to Score at 6/10.
Smart Money: Leicester Draw No Bet is solid at Evens.
Long Shot: Both Teams to Score, Over 10.5 Corners & Over 35.5 Booking Points at 6/1.
Scorecast: Could see a desmond. 2-2.
West Brom v Everton
Everton will fancy their chances of taking at least one, possibly all three points here. Likewise, if West Brom go another match without winning some of the faithful might start pining for the type of dull-Pulis style football that has turned Everton’s season around.
Tap in: Double Chance Everton or Draw at 8/15.
Smart Money: Draw & Under 2.5 Goals at 12/5 good easily happen.
Long Shot: Draw/ Everton in the HT/ FT is value at 11/2.
Scorecast: Fancy Everton to pinch this 0-1.
Liverpool v Swansea
After three draws from the last four matches, Liverpool cannot accept anything less than maximum points here. With little threat on offer offer, Liverpool’s standard three goals should be more than enough to take the points. The Swans are bang in trouble and it’s going to worse (here) before it gets better.
Tap in: Home Win but 1/6 can do one.
Smart Money: Even Liverpool Win To Nil is tight at 3/4.
Long Shot: Liverpool Win, Both Teams to Score: NO & Under 10.5 Corners at 11/4.
Scorecast: Threesy does it - 3-0.
There are another couple of games on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll get to those on Boxing Day.
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