By William Hill
Last Updated: 23rd December 2019
There’s nothing quite like tuning in to the latest sporting events during the festive season. While many of us are tucking into minces pies and chocolate, our favourite sporting stars are dedicated to entertaining the fans. Here’s some of the best sporting events taking place over Christmas to keep an eye out for.
Boxing Day in the Premier League is known to throw up some cracking games of football, as well some interesting results.
Last year saw Leicester stun Manchester City with a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium to leave the title race wide open, and the Foxes host Liverpool this year, which could also have a big impact on the title race.
A win for the Reds would see them extend their lead at the top of the Premier League, and it would take a miraculous downfall for them to throw away the title from that position nearly halfway through the season.
Elsewhere, Manchester United host Newcastle at Old Trafford, Arsenal travel to Bournemouth and Tottenham take on Brighton at home, while Manchester City head to Wolves in a tough fixture on December 27, knowing they need a win to keep themselves in the race for the title.
Arsenal and Chelsea will face off at the Emirates Stadium on December 29 as the Gunners, under new boss Mikel Arteta, look to salvage some pride from a so far disappointing season. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s Blues side will look to strengthen their position in the top four, as they look to secure another season of Champions League football.
It wouldn’t be Boxing Day without the King George VI Chase at Kempton, and all eyes will be on Cyrname, Lostintranslation and last year’s winner Clan Des Obeaux, who head the market for the Grade One spectacular.
Harry Cobden still has the difficult decision between the Paul Nicholls pair of Cyrname and Clan Des Obeaux, and racing fans will be keeping a close eye on who last year’s winning jockey chooses.
Cyrname finished strongly over two miles and five furlongs to beat reigning Champion Chaser Altior at Ascot, and at 13/8 is the market leader ahead of Boxing Day’s main horse racing event.
The William Hill World Darts Championship is back to help lift the post-Christmas blues, with third and fourth round and quarter-final sessions set to take place on December 28, before a semi-final event on December 30 and the grand final on New Year’s Day.
The William Hill World Darts Championship has already said goodbye to a legend of the game as Raymond van Barneveld bowed out in the first round, but the sports is ready to create new legends, and it’ll take one to beat championship holder Michael van Gerwen.
Mighty Mike had a decorated 2019 season winning last year’s competition, The Masters, Premier League of Darts, World Grand Prix, Champions League of Darts and Players Championship Finals. He looks like the man to stop in this tournament at 8/11, but Gerwyn Price at 5/1 and Peter Wright at 12/1 will fancy their chances of pushing him all the way as we get ready for another bumper event this year.
We expect fireworks at New Year, but Celtic vs Rangers on December 29 could light up the sporting schedule early this year.
The Glasgow giants are well ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, and the winner here will have the momentum going into 2020, as Rangers look to stop Celtic from winning nine league titles in a row.
The last four Glasgow derbies have produced three red cards, so expect tempers to fray in the red hot mist of Glasgow on Old Firm day. A red card to be produced at any time could well be worth a punt.