The day that every serious gambler is waiting for is here – Boxing Day! This year boxing day will bring us some very exciting Premier League fixtures. The day will start with the Spurs trying to get back to winning ways against Brighton. Arsenal will have their first game with the new coach as they travel and hope for points against the Cheries. The Red Devils are desperate for points at the moment as they lost to the worst team in the league during the last round. However, the day will be crowned with a fixture between Leicester and Liverpool. Last but not least, we also have to mention the Wolves in action against City on Friday. More about all of this below, in our weekly Premier League predictions for the upcoming matchweek.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton >> click here for live odds
The Spurs have been performing much better since Mourinho arrived. However, they have lost all the “big” games since his arrival. Against United, Bayern, and most recently Chelsea, the Spurs looked like a different team. This is something Mourinho will have to work out with his squad if they are to challenge for a TOP 4 position. They are playing the early fixture on Thursday and Tottenham should have no problem taking care of Brighton. If results go their way, the Spurs could return to 5th position with a win over Brighton.
Brighton have been on a bad run lately as they haven’t won in the last 3 rounds. As a matter of fact, Brighton have only 1 win in the last 5 matchweeks. They are currently 13th on the table but have only 20 points which is just 5 points above the relegation zone. Last year, they created a lot of trouble for the Spurs. This fixture ended with a narrow 1:0 win for the Spurs while the reverse one finished 3:0 in favor of Brighton. Their fans will be hoping for a similar performance like the one last year as Brighton will try their best to get a positive result.
The Spurs can’t afford to drop more points at this stage of the season. They need to try and get to the TOP 4 as soon as possible. This one has their name written over it which is why we are backing a Home Side Victory outcome.
Leicester City vs Liverpool >> click here for live odds
The Foxes have been having some trouble with their performances in the last few weeks. After playing just a draw against Norwich, Leicester lost to Manchester City in the last round even though they scored first. To make things worse now they have to face Liverpool. In the reverse fixture, the Foxes had a 1:1 score but conceded a penalty in stoppage time. Now they will be playing at home against a tired Liverpool side. Rodgers needs to prepare his squad and they need to go for all 3 points. If they fail to take points from Liverpool here, the title race would most probably be over for them.
The Reds didn’t play in the Premier League during the last round because they traveled to feature in the Club World Cup. They managed to win that competition as they defeated Flamingo in the final thanks to a extra time goal scored by Firmino. Now that they are back, Liverpool have a packed schedule in front of them. To start off, they need to travel and face Leicester who will definitely try and take points from them. The Reds won the reverse fixture through a lot of luck and this time it will be even harder. They are tired from traveling so much and playing so many games in a short period of time. Leicester can take advantage of that and surprise them on Thursday.
Liverpool are favorites due to their fantastic performances in the Premier League this season. However, with so many games on the horizon, Liverpool will have to rotate their squad and rest some players. Travelling to Leicester is always hard and this time it could be a title deciding fixture. For that reason, we are backing an Over 2.50 Goals outcome.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City >> click here for live odds
The Wolves have had some mixed performances in the last couple of weeks which saw them drop below the TOP 6. In the last round, they trailed to Norwich but 2 late goals saw them turn things around. However, they will now host the holding Champions who can’t be dropping any more points. Still, Wolves are the team that has created the most trouble for this Manchester City side in the last 2 seasons. Nuno’s side are always playing good against top tier teams and they will definitely try and surprise City on Friday.
The Manchester Blues have been back to their usual self in the last 2 weeks. Against Arsenal and Leicester they played real good football and their opponents had no chance of taking points from them. It’s a perfect time to travel to Wolves because this has proven to be a hard fixture for them. Guardiola’s side can’t drop any more points. They have to hope that Liverpool drops points during this packed schedule so they can catch up to them. If things don’t go their way starting from Friday all the way through the start of the New Year, City will definitely be out of the title race.
The Wolves are always a hard side to face especially when they are playing at home. However, City have to get all 3 points from this one. For that reason, we are backing an Away Side Victory & Over 2.5 Goals outcome.
Full Premier League Round 19 Predictions >> click here for all PL Live Odds
Above, we made predictions about the most exciting matches of the 19th Premier League round. However, we have to mention the rest of the games as well. Below, you can see our predictions for the rest of the fixtures.
- Everton vs Burnley – Home Side Victory
- Sheffield United vs Watford – Home Side Victory
- Crystal Palace vs West Ham United – Both Teams to Score
- Chelsea vs Southampton – Over 2.5 Goals
- Aston Villa vs Norwich – Both Teams to Score
- Bournemouth vs Arsenal – Away Side Victory
- Manchester United vs Newcastle United – Under 2.5 Goals
For more Premier League Predictions, tune in with us next week!