Huge Boxing Day Preview: Predicting all 8 Premier League games

It’s Boxing Day. It’s football day! Get ready, this will be quite a ride.

December 26th is, and forever will be, football day. The Premier League lines up eight games, and even though there’s no big clashes, there are tons of interesting matchups. What’s most amazing is that this already is must win football games for Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. Cause if you don’t start collecting 3 points in a hurry… Manchester City will not be caught.

  • We talked about the Boxing Day games on ValueLive:

Tottenham vs Southampton
Wembley Stadium – Boxing Day, 13:30 CEST
Referee: Graham Scott

 Expected line-ups:
Tottenham Southampton
 Lloris
Trippier – Sanchez – Vertonghen – Rose
Dier – Sissoko
Eriksen – Alli – Son
Kane
 Forster
Stephens – Hoedt – Yoshida – Targett
Lemina – Romeu
Tadic – Davis – Redmond
Gabbiadini

Harry Kane finally gave his Fantasy owners something to cheer for with his hat-trick on the 23rd. He’ll be up against a Southampton team without a win on their last five games, and even though Tottenham is at home (such a weird thing to say), they should have no issues beating Soton. Charlie Austin has been in form for the away team, but he serves a suspension after kicking Jonas Lössl in the face.

Prediction:

Tottenham 3 – 1 Southampton
Goal: Kane X2, Alli, Tadic.


Bournemouth vs West Ham
Vitality Stadium – Boxing Day, 16:00 CEST
Referee: Robert Madley

 Expected line-ups:
Bournemouth West Ham
 Begovic
Smith – Francis – S. Cook – Ake
Ibe – Cook – Surman – Frasier
Afobe
Wilson
 Adrian
Reid – Ogbonna – Cresswell
Zabaleta – Kouyate – Obiang – Masuaku
Antonio – Lanzini
Arnautovic

Still no Norwegian goal scorer, nor Jermain Defoe, for Bournemouth, but both Wilson, Afobe – and Ibe are capable of finding the net. West Ham wasn’t able to beat Newcastle last week, and the David Moyes project is already looking like a failure. What is really interesting about this game though, is that Bournemouth has netted a hat-trick in both of their wins over West Ham in the Premier League. Josh King in 2017, and Callum Wilson in 2015. Maybe this is Wilson’s game.

Prediction:

Bournemouth 2 – 1 West Ham
Goal: Arnautovic, Wilson X2


Chelsea vs Brighton
Stamford Bridge – Boxing Day, 16:00 CEST
Referee: Mike Dean

 Expected line-ups:
Chelsea Brighton
 Courtois
Azpilicueta – Christensen – Cahill
Moses – Drinkw. – Fabr. – Kanté – Alonso
Hazard
Morata
 Ryan
Bruno – Duffy – Dunk – Bong
Schelotto – Stephens – Pröpper – Izquierdo
Gross
Murray

This will be the first meeting between these two teams since 1989, and Chelsea won the last four before that. Brightons only win against Chelsea was in … 1933. This is the first time they meat in the top tier. Morata is expected back on top for the home team, and that should be enough for them to keep the winning streak alive.

Prediction:

Chelsea 1 – 0 Brighton
Goal: Morata


Huddersfield vs Stoke
John Smith’s Stadium – Boxing Day, 16:00 CEST
Referee: Anthony Taylor

 Expected line-ups:
Huddersfield Stoke
 Lössl
Smith – Schindler – Zanka – Lowe
Hogg – Mooy
Quaner – Ince – Van La Parra
Mounie
 Butland
Edwards – Shawcross – Zouma – Wimmer
Cameron – Fletcher
Shaqiri – Allen – Choupo-Moting
Crouch

Not the prettiest game of the day, but Huddersfield and Stoke can both do some damage. Huddersfield is actually unbeaten against Stoke in the last five meeting between the two, even though the last time they met were in 2001. Lössl is expected to play with his broken nose, and Stoke isn’t expecting to do any changes to their team.

Prediction:

Huddersfield 1 – 1 Stoke
Goal: Mounie, Choupo-Moting


Man Utd vs Burnley
Old Trafford – Boxing Day, 16:00 CEST
Referee: Martin Atkinson

 Expected line-ups:
Man Utd Burnley
 De Gea
Lindelöf – Jones – Rojo – Young
Pogba – Matic
Mata – Lingard – Rashford
Lukaku
 Pope
Lowton – Mee – Long – Taylor
Gudmundsson – Defour – Cork – Arfield
Hendrick
Barnes

Manchester United can’t afford to lose another game. No, really, they just can’t. Manchester City looks invincible, and if United wants to stay in the title race, only 3 points is good enough at home vs Burnley. Burnley was man-handled by Tottenham, and Jose Mourinho will look to copy his colleagues methods. It’s a copy-cat league.

Prediction:

Man Utd 2 – 0 Burnley
Goal: Lukaku, Pogba


Watford vs Leicester
Vicarage Road – Boxing Day, 16:00 CEST
Referee: Chris Kavanagh

 Expected line-ups:
Watford Leicester
 Gomes
Janmaat – Kabasele – Prödl – Zeegelaar
Cleverley – Doucoure
Carrillo – Pereyra – Richarlison
Gray
 Schmeichel
Simpson – Maguire – Morgan – Chilwell
Mahrez – Iborra – Ndidi – Albrighton
Okazaki
Vardy

Leicester was able to steal a point from Manchester United on the 23rd, and their self esteem is high going into this game against Watford. Mahrez and Vardy is looking like the 2015 version of Mahrez and Vardy, and the home team has a lot of injuries and suspensions.

Prediction:

Watford 0 – 3 Leicester
Goal: Vardy x2, Gray


West Brom vs Everton
The Hawthorns – Boxing Day, 16:00 CEST
Referee: Roger East

 Expected line-ups:
West Brom Everton
 Foster
Nyom – Hegazi – Evans – Gibbs
Livermore – Barry – Brunt
Robson-Kanu – Rondon – Rodriguez
 Pickford
Kenny – Holgate – Williams – Martina
Schneiderlin
Lennon – Davies – Rooney – Sigurdsson
Calvert-Lewin

Everton suddenly looks like a good fotball team again. They managed to get a draw against Chelsea, but this week the roles has turned. West Brom will be clinging to that one point, while Everton must attack. Rooney should be back from his illness, but is that enough to break through Tony Pulis’ wall? The Baggies has lost their last three home games vs Everton…

Prediction:

West Brom 1 – 1 Everton
Goal: Rondon, Calvert-Lewin


Liverpool vs Swansea
Anfield – Boxing Day, 18:30 CEST
Referee: Kevin Friend

 Expected line-ups:
Liverpool Swansea
 Mignolet
Trent – Lovren – Klavan – Robertson
Ox – Milner – Wijnaldum
Salah – Solanke – Coutinho
 Fabianski
Rangel – Fernandez – Mawson – Olsson
Mesa
Dyer – Clucas – Carroll – Ayew
Abraham

I think Klopp is thinking about resting some players for this match. Solanke will most likely get a start, and Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves a spot in the starting eleven as well. Swansea is the worst team in the league, and I can’t imagine them being able to stop Salah and/or Coutinho. Good luck Fabianski.

Prediction:

Liverpool 4 – 1 Swansea
Goal: Salah X3, Milner, Ayew

 


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WRITTEN BY MATTIS HOLT, SPORTS WRITER AND VALUELIVE SHOW HOST

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