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Boxing Day Football tips: Can Chelsea and Arsenal grab away wins?

| 25.12.2018

Santa may have come and gone, but for footy fans, Boxing Day is the real present at Christmas time.

The annual football feast is a British tradition, and we should be in for another blockbuster edition of this season’s Premier League.

There are nine games to enjoy, with three live on the box. Here’s your one-stop guide to the big day…

Fulham v Wolves (12.30, Sky Sports Premier League)

The day begins in West London where Fulham take on Wolves.

The Cottagers are bottom of the table, but picked up a useful point against Newcastle United on Saturday, collecting their first clean sheet of the league campaign too.

But Wolves have won three of their last four games, and are the 13/10 favourites. Claudio Ranieri’s hosts are 11/5, with a draw available at the same price.

Aleksander Mitrovic heads up the goalscorer betting. The Serbian is 9/2 favourite to net the opener, ahead of Wolves’ Raul Jimenez at 5/1.

3pm games

There are five games at 3pm, with each of the top three and Manchester United in action.

League leaders Liverpool are 2/13 to win at home to Newcastle. Manchester City, after that shock loss to Crystal Palace, are 4/11 to bounce back and return to winning ways at Leicester.

Tottenham, on a high after that 6-2 trouncing of Everton, are 1/3 to beat Bournemouth at Wembley. And Ole Gunner Solskjaer takes charge of Man United at Old Trafford for the first time. The Red Devils are 2/9 to beat Huddersfield Town.

Brighton v Arsenal (5.15, Sky Sports Premier League)

Arsenal were made to sweat against Burnley on Saturday, but eventually prevailed 3-1.  Now they take on a Brighton side which has only lost twice at home this season, but who have lost each of their last three matches.

Our traders make the Gunners odds-on favourites at 7/10. The Seagulls are 15/4, while a draw is 14/5.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in the win over Burnley, to take his Premier League tally to 12 this season. The in-form Gabon striker is 10/3 favourite to score first, ahead of Alexandre Lacazette at 7/2.

Glenn Murray scored in Brighton’s 2-1 home win over Arsenal last season, and the veteran is 9/5 to net anytime.

Watford v Chelsea (7.30, Sky Sports Premier League)

The day’s footy feast concludes in Hertfordshire where Watford are out to heap more strife on inconsistent Chelsea.

The Blues lost 1-0 to Leicester at the weekend and have struggled at Vicarage Road in the past, losing 4-1 last season.

Maurizio Sarri’s men are 7/10 favourites, but there’s 15/4 about Javi Gracia’s Hornets to win.

It’s 13/2 for Watford to win and over 2.5 goals once again, with Troy Deeney 9/1 to score first, as he did in this fixture last term.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.