Christmas is close, and while it’s a special day for families all over the world, the English Premier league spice the same by giving us more Football. Why should players be with their families, when people want to watch football, that simple, right?
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on the day following Christmas Day, in football world it’s a day when we get even more football, but what’s even important is that on average, much more goals we get to see. Who doesn’t like to watch goals, right? Happy times.
On Boxing Day in the English Premier league on schedule for play is the 18th round and here’s a quick guide.
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
After losing both away games with the same result 2-1, against Everton and Manchester City in the last round, despite being in a lead at both of them, the Gunners dropped to the fourth place and now Wenger’s men are nine points behind the league toppers, Chelsea FC.
Boxing Day might be just what Wenger needs for his team to bounce back to the winning ways given that in the last three mutual games against WBA at the Emirates, Arsenal was victorious.
Chelsea v Bournemouth
The Premier league toppers Chelsea will host Bournemouth. Antonio Conte’s men are on a hot run of 11 straight consecutive wins in Premier league competition, and when we look at the stats, it seems that the Blues 12th win is already, pre-signed. However, football is more than the stats, where everything can happen. Chelsea last season lost the game at the Stamford Bridge to Bournemouth, and for sure will want to take a revenge. The Blues home form this season is the second best with seven wins and just one defeat, while the guests this season on tour have celebrated only once, drew twice and have lost five games.
Leicester City v Everton
The Reigning Champions, Leicester City sits on the 15th place and Claudio Ranieri’s men in the last 10 games in all competition, have tasted a win only twice. Against Man City 4-2 at home and against Club Brugge in Champions league competition. In the last round away at Stoke City the Foxes snatched a 2-2 draw after going 2-0 behind and were with a man less. Vardy was sent off in the 28th minute, meaning the English striker is out for this game. Everton in the Merseyside derby has lost the game in the injury time, and the Toffees are yet to beat the Foxes. However, their current away form of four defeats and one draw doesn’t suggest it will happen on the Boxing Day. A draw is the most likely outcome here.
Manchester United v Sunderland
Jose Mourinho’s men have enrolled three Premier league consecutive wins and thus jumped to the 6th place. Boxing Day might be an opportunity for Manchester United to extend their winning streak to four as they host The Black Cats who sit on the 18th place. The last two visits of Sunderland to the Old Trafford ended with two Red Devils’ win.
Hull City v Manchester City
The Citizens after a winless period have enrolled two home wins and thus salvage the most after a bad period. For the Boxing Day, Pep Guardiola’s men will play away at Hull City. Four wins and one draw from the last five games between these two sides, both home and away, suggest that Man City is a big favorite here. Only two home wins of Hull City, suggest the same. The Citizens currently are on the third, and considering that the second place team, Liverpool is playing a day later, Man City could jump to the second place.
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Full Boxing Day Schedule
Watford v Crystal Palace 12:30
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion 15:00
Burnley v Middlesbrough 15:00
Chelsea v Bournemouth 15:00
Leicester City v Everton 15:00
Manchester United v Sunderland 15:00
Swansea City v West Ham United 15:00
Hull City v Manchester City 17:15
Liverpool v Stoke City 17:15 (27.12.2016)