By News Team
Last Updated: 30th December 2020
The feast of Premier League festive football serves up its final course over the coming days.
New Year’s Day sees West Ham travel to Everton and Manchester United host Aston Villa, then there’s action every day up until Monday night. We take a look at the pick of the fixtures below.
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games and head into their New Year’s Day clash with Aston Villa as the 3/4 favourites, while Marcus Rashford has got his name on the scoresheet in their two previous league matches and is 9/2 to break the deadlock here.
But Villa will be no pushovers in this Friday night fixture and have the advantage of an extra 48 hours break over United. Dean Smith’s men picked up a respectable point on the road to Chelsea on 28th December and have won three of their last five.
A win here could see Villa climb into the top four, while maximum points for United would keep them right in the title race with fierce rivals Liverpool. One not to be missed.
West Brom v Arsenal
Seeing off London rivals Chelsea 3-1 last week appears to have put a much-needed spring back in Arsenal’s step. The Gunners were struggling badly for form until that Boxing Day win and have since gone on to beat Brighton away from home and keep their first clean sheet in seven league games.
They’re fancied at 11/20 to overcome a West Bromwich Albion side on Saturday that suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Leeds United on Tuesday. Sam Allardyce’s side have just eight points from 16 games and they’re 16/5 to grab a point here and 5/1 to win it.
Much will depend on whether we see the Baggies side that rolled over against Leeds or the one that secured an impressive point at Liverpool last weekend.
Chelsea v Manchester City
Chelsea’s form over the Christmas period has been patchy to say the least and they’ve looked a little leggy at times heading into Sunday’s huge clash with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The festive period can take its toll on teams, but Blues boss Frank Lampard will be hoping his recent player rotation will have freshened his side up enough for this clash with City at Stamford Bridge.
It looks a tight one to call with City the marginal favourites at 11/8, with Chelsea at 19/10 to secure their first win in three games, while the draw is 5/2. The Blues will hope history is on their side having won three of their last four top-flight matches at Stamford Bridge against the Citizens, while the two teams have not played out a draw in the league in almost six years.