Watford v Crystal Palace
Big Pards went the journey on Thursday after two years in charge of the Eagles. It was pretty inevitable as his record in 2016 was as shocking as his dancing. 36 games played and just six wins in the calendar year means he can’t have too many complaints, and the word round the campfire is Sam Allardyce is going to be thrust into the Selhurst Park hot seat to try and safeguard Palace from a potentially disastrous slide into the Championship. Watford have seen off some good teams at home this season including Manchester United, Leicester and Everton. They look the pick here.
Betting: Watford to win and both teams to score at 9/2 (Betfair)
Arsenal v West Brom
The Gunners need a win after blowing in from winning positions in their last two league games and should get it against a side who they’ve had five straight successes against in this fixture. Four of those have been by more than one goal and I’m expecting a reaction from the Wenger boys after last weekend’s surrender at the Etihad.
Betting: Arsenal (-1) to win at 10/11 (Boylesports)
Burnley v Middlesbrough
Now here’s a stat. Burnley have claimed 16 of their 17 Premier League points this season at home. Both teams have actually found goals rather hard to come by this season so you would think low goals would be a lock. But it’s Christmas and miracles do happen so while my head says snoozer, my heart says punt the Desmond.
Betting: 2-2 draw at 20/1 (bet365)
Chelsea v Bournemouth
The Blues will miss Diego Costa but are in the zone just now and in Eden Hazard have a schemer who had scored eight goals in 16 league games to date. I see them being too hungry for the Cherries as they look to extend their lead at the top of the pile.
Betting: Chelsea – Chelsea HT-FT at 23/20 (Coral)
Leicester City v Everton
The Foxes did the double over the Toffees last season and look a big old price at 6/4 to win this. They’ve been wretched for the most part away from home but showed glimpses of the form that saw them shake up the world last season. It’s worth noting too that both teams have scored in Leicester’s last five home games.
Betting: Leicester to win and both teams to score at 19/5 (Stan James)
Manchester United v Sunderland
United are a warm order to record a Boxing Day win here against former boss David Moyes. The Red Devils have suddenly clicked into gear and should be took got for a Sunderland side who will come to try and pinch a point. United to win to nil f**king stinks of win.
Betting: Manchester United to win to nil at 10/11 (Paddy Power)
Swansea v West Ham
Swansea are sh**e but not nearly as sh**e at home as they are sh**e away. If you catch my drift. They’re also unbeaten in three games against West Ham, winning 4-1 at Upton Park back in May. Massive game again for beleaguered baldy boss Bob Bradley. Trying saying that last sentence with a mouth full of raw mince.
Betting: Swansea to win 1-0 at 10/1 (bet365)
Hull City v Man City
The Citizens have bagged 19 goals in 11 away matches this season and should have too much for the Tigers, who will know only too well that only three teams in the history of the Premier League have been bottom on December 25 and stayed up. The away win looks a pure stick-on here.
Betting: Manchester City to win 3-0 at 17/2 (Bet Victor)
Liverpool v Stoke City
The Reds will be happy enough with their position at Christmas. Second top of the table and scoring goals for fun. Stoke are no mugs but the Reds will be buoyed by that late, late winner in the Merseyside Derby and Sadio Mane can notch again for them here.
Betting: Mane to score first at 9/2 (Sky Bet)
Southampton v Tottenham
The Saints look in good order as they best Bournemouth 3-1 away the other week. Spurs will know only too well this won’t be a cake walk on the south coast and I would rather lump both teams to score than have my obligatory Christmas £5 off my Aunty Eileen on Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Betting: Both teams to score at 10/11 (Betfair)