By News Team
23rd December 2020
One of the biggest weekends of the season is upon us as Boxing Day football returns to our screens and there are some wonderful fixtures on both Saturday and Sunday for us to get our teeth into.
We’ve taken a look at the standout fixtures.
The battle for second place at the King Power
Saturday sees an in-form Man Utd side travel to the King Power Stadium as they home in on taking second position away from Leicester City.
Last time out, United cruised to a 6-2 demolition of Leeds United, while Leicester produced one of their performances of the season as they swept Spurs aside 2-0. Th Red Devils head into this fixture as slight 11/8 favourites which is understandable considering their recent form against the Foxes. United are unbeaten in their last 11 fixtures against Leicester in the league, winning eight and drawing three.
Boxing Day for Leicester has been one of their worst days of the year in recent times with the Foxes losing five of their last six fixtures since returning to the Premier League in 2014. Although Leicester notoriously struggle on this day, they are still only slight underdogs on Saturday at 2/1. The main man to look out for is of course Jamie Vardy. Since Brendan Rodgers took over, the striker has scored more Premier League goals than any other player in the league with 43. You can get him to score first at 16/5 on Saturday.
A Boxing Day London Derby for the history books?
Arsenal versus Chelsea is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the Premier League season, but things seem to be a little different this season with one of the London sides seriously struggling around the bottom of the table.
Chelsea will be heading into this derby coming off the back of a 3-0 win against West Ham on Monday evening which saw Frank Lampard’s side bounce back after back-to-back defeats. Chelsea are priced at 10/11 to take home all three points and with the Blues having lost just two of their last 17 league fixtures against Arsenal, you wouldn’t put it past them to continue this impressive run against their arch rivals.
Arsenal continue to struggle and are still much close to the bottom of the table than the end we’ve come to expect them to be at. They are desperately in need of points and are winless in their last seven Premier League games, with their last victory coming against Manchester United in early November. If they fail to beat Chelsea on Saturday, they would have equalled their longest ever run of Premier League games without a win which ran between November 1992 and January 1993. You can get Mikel Arteta’s side to win on Boxing Day at 29/10.
Fireworks at Molineux?
Two familiar foes go head-to-head as Jose Mourinho’s Spurs travel to Molineux to take on Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves on Sunday evening.
With Spurs coming off back-to-back losses to Liverpool and Leicester City, the first time that has happened this season, they will be aiming to bounce back promptly after falling from second place in the league to sixth in little over a week. Understandably, Spurs head into this fixture as 23/20 favourites and with Mourinho’s men winning each of their last three away Premier League games against Wolves, many will expect them to make it four in a row here.
Wolves, on the other hand, are having a rather odd season and this has been summed up in the last week. They defeated Chelsea 2-1 last Tuesday before losing 2-1 to Burnley on Monday evening. Wolves are priced at 13/5 to defeat Spurs on Sunday, but Nuno Santo’s side are looking to win back-to-back league games against their north London rivals for the first time since the 2009/10 season.