BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen‘s Boxing Day tips are here. He’s previewed every game from Premier League Matchday 15.
Both teams to score
Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United
It’s fair to say that Manchester United’s season has come alive in recent weeks. The Red Devils are up to 3rd and if they win their game in hand, they’ll go 2nd. It’s been quite the turnaround for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and they should arrive here full of confidence, aiming for an 11th win in a row on the road in the Premier League.
Leicester put their home defeat to Everton behind them with a fantastic away result at Tottenham, and for all they have been a bit inconsistent this season, they will be delighted with their 2nd place in the table just now.
This one could be tight. I don’t think there is much between the sides and I reckon a draw could be the outcome with both sides scoring.
Southampton to win
Fulham 1-2 Southampton
Fulham are another side that have seen an upturn in results. Unbeaten in 3, Scott Parker’s men are starting to find their feet after a shaky start.
As for Southampton, they lost out to Manchester City by a solitary goal last time out. That said, they arrive here undefeated in their last 6 in the Premier League away matches.
Ralph Hasenhüttl will have his players well prepped ahead of this, and despite Fulham’s decent form, I think the Saints will have enough to take the points home.
Ollie Watkins to score anytime
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa have been playing well for a few weeks. They have been unlucky in front of goal, so I wasn’t too surprised to see them finally get a few goals against West Brom.
I’ve also been impressed with Crystal Palace. They are a big threat on the counter and Villa will have to be wary of them pouncing on any mistakes.
However, Villa seem to have hit a good vein of form and Ollie Watkins may well be the league’s most unlucky striker at the moment. The forward has had multiple goals chalked off by VAR and I think it’s only a matter of time until he starts converting.
Chelsea to win
Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
Where to start with Arsenal? The Gunners are hapless at the moment. Mikel Arteta doesn’t seem to know anywhere near what his best starting XI is and there is no sign of their fortunes changing any time soon.
Chelsea arrive here after a solid showing at home to West Ham and I think the Blues should have more than enough going forward to win this against a side that are really struggling in every area.
Manchester City to win to nil
Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United
Things are starting to look on the up for Manchester City. Unbeaten in 5, they have been solid of late, especially at the Etihad where they are undefeated in 16 of their last 17 matches.
What’s most impressive is their defensive record. City have only conceded two goals in their last nine matches.
I can see that being the case again here. Newcastle’s record against the top sides leaves a lot to be desired, so I’ll be going for a comfortable home win.
Under 2.5 Goals
Sheffield United 0-1 Everton
Everton arrive here unbeaten in their last 4. The Toffees have turned the corner after a poor run of form, and they take on a Sheffield United side that have failed to win any of their last 17 Premier League matches.
It could be argued that the Blades have been a tad unlucky as they’ve lost by a one goal margin in their last 4 league matches.
Unfortunately for the home side, I think that could be the case again. Typically, Carlo Ancelotti has his side well-organised at the back, and I think they’ll have enough at the other end to take the points in a low scoring encounter.
Both teams to score
Leeds United v Burnley
Leeds are earning plaudits for their attacking displays, but they must be concerned at the amount of goals they are conceding. Yes, they are great to watch, and when teams come at them, they can certainly take advantage and hit hard and fast on the counter.
That said, you need to be good defensively in this league if you are to be successful.
They play a Burnley side that will have no problem sitting in and letting the home side come at them. If this materialises, there could be a frustrating afternoon ahead for Leeds and I can the points being shared.
West Ham Half-Time/Full-Time
West Ham United 2-1 Brighton
West Ham suffered a 3-0 defeat away at Stamford Bridge last Monday night. The result probably flattered Chelsea a bit as the Hammers were well in the game until the late second goal.
Brighton’s draw at home to Sheffield United must have been a disappointment for Seagulls fans. This has happened so often this season, and despite looking good on the eye at times, they now languish in 17th position.
I’ve seen enough of West Ham to think they’ll have enough to beat a Brighton side that could find themselves in trouble if they don’t start winning matches soon.
Liverpool 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
West Brom suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Villa last time out. That was Sam Allardyce’s first match as boss and the task doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Anfield coming up here.
The champions are in fantastic form. They were purring against Crystal Palace and have really got some momentum going.
I just can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win in this one.
Tottenham to win to nil
Wolves 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham will want to forget last week fast and get back on track away to Wolves.
Jose Mourinho’s sides’ title hopes took a huge dent, with a defeat to Liverpool and a home defeat to Leicester rubbing salt in their wounds.
That said, they play a Wolves side that are tame in front of goal just now. These are the types of fixtures where I really fancy Spurs. Wolves should come out and play, and if they do, I think the away side will take advantage on the counter.