By William Hill
Last Updated: 24th December 2019
It’s a packed schedule of Premier League action on Boxing Day. We take a glance at some of the best bets to look out for.
Share of the spoils at Leicester will suit Liverpool
Leicester enjoyed a dream start against Manchester City on Saturday, with that man Jamie Vardy putting them ahead with just 22 minutes played.
However, their celebrations were short-lived as last season’s Premier League champions roared back in style, notching three goals to secure all three points.
That was the first time the usually solid Leicester defence had conceded three on the road since February – but the third time in succession they had failed to win in 90 minutes.
There’s no doubting their ability and there’s no shame in losing at City. However, Brendan Rodgers will be frustrated they weren’t able to beat Norwich earlier this month.
And the visit of Rodgers’ former club Liverpool this Boxing Day is hardly the game he would have been wanting when it comes to getting back to winning form.
Liverpool are relatively blemish-free in the league this season, with a draw the only blot on their record, having won 16 of their 17 games to go top of the pile.
It’s therefore no surprise to see Jurgen Klopp’s side priced up at as short as 11/10 to take all three points home in the late kick-off.
However, if it weren’t for two games, one of which went to extra time, in Qatar this week at the FIFA Club World Cup then the Reds would no doubt be even shorter for this.
Liverpool were crowned Club World Cup winners, but it did come at a cost with jet lag, extra miles on the players’ clock and injuries all hampering Klopp’s men.
With a 10-point cushion at the top of the table and a game in hand over both Leicester and City, anything but a defeat will be a great result.
Taking all that into consideration, it’s worth backing Leicester and Liverpool to draw at 13/5 to take the Reds one step closer to winning the title.
Mourinho can be Spurred on by Boxing Day results
It’s safe to say Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will have been left thoroughly frustrated with his side’s efforts against former club Chelsea on Sunday.
The Blues turned up in north London with far more fight and determination than their opposition and it resulted in them returning back home with all three points.
If Mourinho is looking for some good omens to get back on track against Brighton on Thursday, then a quick glance at Tottenham’s previous Boxing Day fixtures will leave him feeling positive.
Last season they smashed five past Bournemouth on that day, while the season before they hit Southampton for the same number as the Saints were put to the sword.
The opposition were given a chance the season before that as Tottenham didn’t play on Boxing Day, but they did win the fixture in 2015, 2014 and 2012.
In that time Spurs netted a whopping 19 goals, so they clearly love putting on a Boxing Day show for the fans and it’s no surprise to see Tottenham are 8/15 to beat Brighton.
If that’s too short for you to get involved with, then Tottenham to score more than 2.5 goals is 13/8 and history suggests you could be on to a winner.