Meanwhile, Manchester City look to bounce back at Leicester, while Southampton host West Ham
Boxing Day (26 December) marks the halfway point in this season’s FA Premier League campaign, and current table toppers Liverpool will be looking to extend their advantage at the top of the table when they host Newcastle United. Defending champions Manchester City head to Leicester after that shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace, while the following day Southampton host West Ham.
First things first
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First up, Liverpool welcome Newcastle United to Anfield. The Reds are in formidable form, having won their last seven league games in a row.
They sit top of the pile, four points ahead of champions Manchester City, are the only undefeated side remaining in the division and are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game. And to put the icing on the cake they also boast the best defensive record in the league, having leaked just seven goals all season.
Newcastle, in stark contrast, are struggling at the wrong end of the table and sit just five points above the dreaded relegation zone. They are however undefeated in their last two league outings, taking four points from those games and keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Nevertheless, it is Liverpool who come into this clash as the red hot favourites to make it eight wins on the bounce. You can back the Reds to take all three points at just 1.16, with Newcastle all the way out at 19.00 to record what would be a shock win – a draw is priced in the middle at 8.50, according to Oddsshark.
And we are expecting Liverpool to win with minimum fuss. A 3-0 win for the home side comes in at 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$37.50 pay out, with the in-form Mo Salah at 3.60 to open the scoring – just as he did last time out away to Wolves.
City must bounce back at Leicester
On the same day, champions Manchester City will be looking to get back to winning ways against Leicester. These two met in the EFL League Cup last week with City prevailing on penalties, but Pep Guardiola’s side are suffering a slump in form, having lost two of their last three league games.
Leicester sit in the top half of the table but can be buoyed by their excellent 1-0 win away to Chelsea last time out. Now with home advantage, the Foxes are looking for their second major scalp in just a matter of days.
And it will be of little surprise to see that it is City who are the overwhelming favourites to win this contest. You can back the visitors to take the points at just 1.40 while Leicester, despite home advantage, are out at 8.50 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.25.
And we are expecting this one to end honours even. A repeat of the 1-1 score line from their cup tie last week is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, while you can more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at 2.30.
Southampton to make it three in a row against West Ham
And finally, Southampton host West Ham the following day looking for their third league win in a row. The Saints were deep in relegation trouble but two successive victories have seen the side climb up to 16th – three points above the drop zone.
West Ham, by way of comparison, had won four league games in a row until they were beaten at home by Watford last time out. The Hammers currently sit 12th in the table but could potentially move into the top half with a win here, depending on how other results go.
Yet it is Southampton who come in as the favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing the Saints to make it three victories on the bounce at 2.30, with West Ham out at 3.20 to do the same – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.60.
And Southampton should make home advantage count. A 2-1 win for the Saints is priced at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out, while you could quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a home win and both teams to score, which comes in at 4.00.
Premier League round 19 fixtures:
Wednesday, 26 December
(3.40) Fulham x Wolves (2.30); draw (3.40)
(4.50) Burnley x Everton (1.95); draw (3.50)
(1.66) Crystal Palace x Cardiff City (5.75); draw (4.00)
(8.50) Leicester City x Manchester City (1.40); draw (5.25)
(1.16) Liverpool x Newcastle United (19.00); draw (8.50)
(1.25) Manchester United x Huddersfield Town (15.00); draw (6.50)
(1.36) Tottenham x Bournemouth (9.00); draw (5.50)
(5.25) Brighton x Arsenal (1.75); draw (3.80)
(5.25) Watford x Chelsea (1.75); draw (3.80)
Thursday, 27 December
(2.30) Southampton x West Ham United (3.20); draw (3.60)Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.