The Best English Teams Square off for Goals and Glory on Boxing DayPublished December 26, 2015 by Florin P
The race for the Premier League trophy continues unabated on Boxing Day (3:00 p.m UK Time).
Some of the most important domestic championships are in recess, but English football continues unabated. Some fascinating games are scheduled for Boxing Day in what appears to be one of the most exciting Premier League seasons of the decade.
Critical Home Games for Chelsea and Liverpool
Chelsea has been bleeding points from the beginning of the season and now that they have a new manager, they are in dire need of winning back-to-back games. Defeating Sunderland was more difficult than pundits expected and on Boxing Day, the Blues will take on Watford.
The newly promoted team is a stringy opponent and one riding an impressive four-game winning streak that includes a triumph over Liverpool. Speaking of which, the Reds are mired in a losing streak and if Klopp wants to bring his new team to a Champions League spot, he needs to defeat Leicester at home. They are the surprising leaders of the Premier League and they haven’t lost a match in the last 3 months.
Seemingly Easy Tasks for Manchester City and Tottenham
Manchester City plays at home against Sunderland and is expected to claim all 3 points with relative ease, as their opponents are struggling in the relegation area. The visitors are hardly a major threat, but it would be a mistake to underestimate them, given their past performance against top Premier League teams.
Tottenham is taking on the newly promoted team, but Norwich has just proven its ability of winning on the road against former Premier League winners. They defeated Manchester United and held both Arsenal and Everton to a scoring draw and that’s the result they are hoping for at White Hart Lane.
Manchester United and Arsenal Seek Victory on the Road
Bet365 offers odds that exceed even value on both Arsenal and Manchester United to claim all three points away from home. The Gunners are in superb form and their morale was boosted by the home victory against Manchester City. They had plenty of players injured or suspended, yet they managed to score twice while preventing opponents from leveling the score in the second half.
Arsenal is expected to take the initiative against Southampton, which is mired in a losing streak, but it’s uncertain if Manchester United can do the same. Stoke has a reputation for defending well for as long as it takes and they are deadly on the counterattack, a particularly useful weapon against United. Manchester has a couple of impressive strikers, but all seem to be out of form, including veteran Wayne Rooney.
The Relegation Area Is in Turmoil
Football fans are probably less enthusiastic about the games taking place at the bottom of the standings, but these are every bit as intense. Aston Villa is making a last-ditch attempt to avoid relegation and this time they need to claim all three points against West Ham.
Newcastle and West Bromwich have home pitch advantage, but both are credited with a second chance by Bet365, due to their injury concerns and better placed opponents. Crystal Palace and Bournemouth were among the teams regarded as sure contenders for relegation, but both of them are far from the dangerous area and could settle for a draw.