While many of us are tucking in to our Christmas dinner, or perhaps getting ready for a late night out on New Years Eve, there will be one group of people enjoying a rather quieter and less gregarious time. Premier League teams have a run of three matches in the space of just over a week over the festive period and that means little time to indulge in the festivities for the players and managers of the 20 teams.
This time of the year is also a very busy time for people that enjoy a bet on the games and with so many to choose from over such a short space of time, it is not difficult to see why that is the case. So with that in mind, we are going to bring you a briefer selection of tips than normal this week, but we will cover all three sets of games taking place in the Premier League over the festive period from the 26th December right the way through to the 2nd January 2019.
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Let’s now preview the three sets of fixtures coming up across the week between Christmas and the early days of 2020 starting with the matches set to take place across the country on Boxing Day (26th December).
Festive Fixture List and Tips
Boxing Day Fixtures – Matchday 19
- Tottenham v Brighton – Home Win
- Bournemouth v Arsenal – Away Win
- Sheffield Utd v Watford – Home Win
- Chelsea v Southampton – Home Win
- Aston Villa v Norwich City – Draw
- Crystal Palace v West Ham – Home Win
- Everton v Burnley – Home Win
- Manchester United v Newcastle United – Home Win
- Leicester City v Liverpool – Draw
- Wolves v Manchester City – Draw
There’s no doubt what the star attraction is on Boxing Day in the Premier League. There was a time when it would have been Manchester United facing Newcastle at Old Trafford, but this season the top two clash between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power could well be one of the highlights of the season so far, especially after the two fought out a close battle at Anfield, with Liverpool emerging as narrow 2-1 winners earlier on in the season.
Other big games see Manchester City trying to earn revenge for their shock home defeat to Wolves earlier on in the season as they face a tricky trip to Molineux, while Tottenham’s recent improvement in form should see them confident of picking up the win at home to Brighton. Equally, Chelsea will feel that a home game with Southampton should see them claim three points.
There’s some key action at the foot of the table too with a special focus on the game between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park, while Everton and Burnley will both be desperate to pick up some points as they meet at Goodison Park. West Ham too will also be trying to claim a vital point or three as they take on an improving Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Weekend Fixtures – Matchday 20
- Brighton v Bournemouth – Draw
- Southampton v Crystal Palace – Draw
- Newcastle United v Everton – Home Win
- Watford v Aston Villa – Draw
- Norwich City v Tottenham – Away Win
- West Ham v Leicester City – Away Win
- Burnley v Manchester United – Away Win
- Arsenal v Chelsea – Away Win
- Liverpool V Wolves – Home Win
- Manchester City v Sheffield United – Home Win
Following on from Boxing Day’s game, we have a full weekend of action in the Premier League at the weekend too starting off with a big south coast derby as Brighton face Bournemouth in the lunchtime game on Saturday. Other big games on Saturday see Newcastle facing Everton in what should be a very even contest while there is a crucial relegation six pointer as well as Watford face Aston Villa.
Leicester City take the trip south to face an inconsistent and out of sorts West Ham and they should be confident of a win here, as should Manchester United who face a short trip to take on their Lancastrian rivals Burnley. Leaders Liverpool face a very tough home game as Wolves come to Anfield in great form.
The big game of the weekend though is in London as Arsenal and Chelsea clash in what should be a feisty and freescoring London derby game between two teams for whom defensive stability is not a byword for them this season. Finally, Manchester City take on Sheffield United in what is essentially a game where Pep Guardiola’s side must not drop any points.
New Year’s Day Fixtures – Matchday 21
- Brighton v Chelsea – Away Win
- Burnley v Aston. Villa – Home Win
- Newcastle United v Leicester City – Draw
- Watford v Wolves – Away Win
- Southampton v Tottenham – Away Win
- West Ham v Bournemouth – Draw
- Manchester City v Everton – Home Win
- Norwich City v Crystal Palace – Away Win
- Arsenal v Manchester United – Draw
- Liverpool v Sheffield United – Home Win
2020 will dawn with a full complement of fixtures across the first two days of the year. The majority of games take place on the 1st including an intriguing clash at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal and Manchester United clash in what could be a key game for both as they seek to close the gap on the top four teams above them.
Tottenham will be doing likewise as they face a trip to the south coast to take on a Southampton side whose home form has been better of late. Leicester will be heading in the opposite direction as they head north to take on a Newcastle United side that have been particularly difficult to beat at home this season.
Manchester City face Everton at home in what will be a big north west battle where no quarters will be given or asked while a day later, Liverpool face Sheffield United at Anfield in a game that will round off a very hectic period for the teams and after which, the Premier League table could look very different.