Boxing Day Preview
Around the Christmas time period, Premier League fans get excited when it comes to Boxing Day. With ten matches being hosted, there is potential for fans to watch some exciting Boxing Day football.
The last time these two sides met in the Premier League was in January 2014. The meet up between the two sides ended in a goal-less draw with Chelsea dominating the game with 72% possession. A combined number of 39 shots from Chelsea couldn’t find their way into the back of the net. On the other hand, West Ham got the result they were looking for, being able to stop one of the best teams in the League from putting the ball in the net. The early kicks off shows promise to be a great Boxing Day match. After 12 matches Chelsea were yet to lose a match this season whilst scoring 30 goals.
Our Prediction: 3-1
Liverpool and Burnley are two sides that are struggling this season in the Premier League. After 12 matches Burnley had only gathered 10 points and Liverpool were sitting mid table with 14 points. Liverpool’s form has been taking a downward turn and they are winless in their last 4 league games which is a stark contrast to last season. Burnley started off this season on a run of draws and losses, but have found success in games 11 and 12 with two vital wins. The last time these two sides met in the Premier League was back in 2010 where Burnley were facing a relegation battle. Sadly Burnley couldn’t keep up with Liverpool and lost 4 – 0, causing them to be relegated with two games left to play. With the recent form of the two sides it will be interesting to see who will come out on top.
Our Prediction: 1-1
Crystal Palace were languishing in 17th place and need as many points as possible to lift them away from the relegation zone, however Southampton’s surprise form sees them sitting in the top two with only Chelsea above them. After the high profile exodus of players and manager, many predicted that they would be struggling to gather points but their recent form sees them only losing 2 games out of their first 12. Crystal Palace should not be ruled out though as they caused an upset against Liverpool, showing the potential they have to offer.
Our Prediction: 0-2
Everton and Stoke both sit in the middle of the Premier League table. With both sides having mixed results that are causing them to move up and down the table, this match could prove to be vital for either team to kick start a good run of form. January 2014 saw the two sides battle out in a 1–1 draw with Leighton Baines rescuing a well-deserved point for Everton with a last minute penalty. It will be interesting to see if this match on Boxing Day will be an exciting game, as their last meeting was not the most exciting of matches and neither of the two teams are in form.
Our Prediction: 2-1
With a seven point difference, both of these sides will be looking to gather three points to help move up the table. Leicester City are currently in the bottom three and Tottenham are sitting in the middle of the table. With Leicester City knocking out Tottenham in the FA cup in 2006 and the current form of Tottenham, Leicester will be looking to cause an upset.
Our Prediction: 1-2
The well documented recent struggles of Manchester United has made their games more interesting however, despite their ever growing injury list, and ever changing back line, Man Utd have won their last two games and are improving as a team as weeks roll by. Newcastle United have also turned their league form around and are currently on a 5 game winning streak which includes beating Liverpool and Spurs. Undoubtedly a shaky and makeshift backline for Man Utd will make this game great for the neutrals and we will all be hoping for goals.
Our Prediction: 3-3
Sunderland have had a mixed bag in terms of their form, 2 wins 2 draws and 2 losses in their last 6 games tells that the team hasn’t found its stride yet. Hull however are on a 3 game losing streak and they will be desperately hoping to halt their slide towards the bottom three. Neither team are particularly free scoring with both averaging about one goal a game, so one goal in the game may snatch a much needed victory.
Our Prediction: 1-0
Swansea City are another team whose current form is somewhat mixed, but overall they have performed well and are currently sitting in 7th. Aston Villa however are on a bad run of games with 4 defeats and 2 draws in 6 games; they are currently bottom of the form table. Villa are also the lowest scoring team in the Premier League, averaging a goal every 2 games. They will be desperately hoping that their strikers will hit a run of form and start firing them to safety as they are only 2 points above the relegation zone having played 12 games.
Our Prediction: 3-0
Manchester City have stuttered and not played particularly well at the start of this season however they are still picking up wins thanks to Aguero who is firing on all cylinders. With a morale boosting win against European Champions Bayern Munich, Pellegrini will be hoping that City will start playing like champions and start reigning in Chelsea who are 8 points ahead of them. West Bromwich are currently sat near the top of the bottom half of the table and whilst they aren’t playing well, they aren’t playing badly.
Our Prediction: 0-2
QPR are currently bottom of the pile with 8 points and aren’t showing any indications of changing this. Arsenal are currently experiencing some indifferent form with the team struggling to find any resemblance of consistency despite a big money signing in Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal should be able to win this at a canter but QPR are capable of causing upsets as shown by their 2-2 draw to Manchester City and their narrow defeat to Liverpool.
Our Prediction: 1-1