Premier League Matchday 19: Liverpool To Continue Dazzling Home Run7 min read
Liverpool lead the Premier League by four points at Christmas, but the games come thick and fast over the busy Festive period. Brand ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the Boxing Day action.
Fulham v Wolves
A first clean sheet of the season for Fulham at St James’s Park on Saturday but Wolves played well in defeat at home to Liverpool and I think the visitors will edge what promises to be an entertaining clash to begin the Boxing day action at Craven Cottage.
Wolves to win and both teams to score at
Correct score: 2-1 to Wolves
Burnley v Everton
Burnley didn’t have the rub of the green at the Emirates on Saturday but did the double over Everton last season and will be hoping for a change of fortune back at Turf Moor.
The clubs have met eight times previously in the Premier League without playing out a draw although I feel the points will be shared on this occasion.
Game to finish in a draw at
Correct score: 1-1
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
Palace entertain Cardiff on the back of their brilliant win at the Etihad and it is hard to see past the Eagles even though Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is unbeaten in his last nine visits to Selhurst Park.
The Bluebirds were on the receiving end of a 5-1 thrashing by a resurgent Manchester United on Saturday and I expect the hosts to keep the points.
Palace to win to nil at
Correct score: Palace to win 2-0
Leicester City v Manchester City
Leicester gained a famous win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and this will be no “gimme” for the champions as they try and put behind their shock defeat to Palace at the weekend.
The sides drew 1-1 in the League Cup last week, before City made it through to the last four on penalties, and City cannot afford any more slip ups with Liverpool forcing such a strong pace at the top of the League.
City to win and both teams to score at
Correct score: Man City to win 3-1
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 22 home games with Newcastle United in all competitions and I expect the Reds to keep the points with Anfield sure to be rocking on the back of events at the Etihad on Saturday.
Another clean sheet for Alisson at Molineux, but once again it was Virgil van Dijk whose star shone the brightest as he added a goal to another outstanding defensive performance.
Liverpool halftime/fulltime at
Correct score: Liverpool to win 2-0
Manchester United v Huddersfield
Pace, flair, energy, commitment – what a transformation in the United side at Cardiff on Saturday. The Old Trafford faithful will have a smile back on their faces and will be looking forward to the visit of a Huddersfield side who did find the back of the net against Southampton at the weekend but were still well beaten.
It is far too early to suggest that the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bring a return to the glory days at Old Trafford and there will be much tougher assignments to come. That said it was an exciting start.
United to win to nil at
Correct score: Man Utd to win 2-0
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Bournemouth have never beaten Spurs in the league and I don’t expect them to buck that trend at Wembley despite the Cherries picking up three points against Brighton on Saturday.
At the time of writing the north London outfit were yet to play their final pre-Xmas fixture at Goodison Park, but they were excellent at the Emirates when reaching the League Cup semi-finals last week and I feel they will keep the points in the capital.
Spurs -1 on the handicap at
Correct score: Spurs to win 3-1
Brighton v Arsenal
Brighton must do without the suspended Lewis Dunk at the Amex and they have lost five of their last six games against Arsenal in all competitions.
The Gunners failed to impress but kept the points against Burnley at the weekend and continue to consistently score goals on the road in the PL. Two more at the Amex are likely to bring another valuable three points.
Arsenal to win 2-1 at
Correct score: Arsenal to win 2-0
Watford v Chelsea
This is a severe test for Chelsea who need to win if they are to have any chance of making a realistic title challenge in the second half of the season given their home defeat to Leicester at the weekend.
A rare clean sheet and three points for the Hornets at the London Stadium on Saturday, but I feel it will be the Blues who take the points home in what promises to be a Christmas cracker.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score at
Correct score: Chelsea to win 2-1
Southampton v West Ham
Six goals and six points for Southampton in their last two games under Ralph Hasenhuttl, but they may have to settle for a point in Thursday’s sole PL fixture.
The Hammers missed a host of opportunities against Watford, but I expect them to play their part in another entertaining clash with opportunities at both ends.
Game to finish in a scoring draw at
Correct score: 2-2
Michael’s Boxing Day treble: Wolves, Crystal Palace and Spurs at