1. Brighton vs Arsenal – Arsenal win
Having been disappointed in their last three consecutive games, Brighton look likely to make it four in a row.
Brighton have amassed enough points so far to ensure that such a slump is not a disaster, although Hughton will know that they cannot let it afford to go on too long despite their next five league matches all coming against teams currently above them in the table.
At the same stage of last season – the club’s first in the top flight for 35 years – the Seagulls were 13th in the table and only three points clear of the relegation zone.
Arsenal were handed an early Christmas present at the weekend when Chelsea slipped up at home to Leicester City, leaving the Gunners level on points with their London rivals in the race for Champions League football next season.
Unai Emery’s side had applied the pressure with a bruising 3-1 win over Burnley in the day’s early kickoff, and will now spend Christmas Day with only goal difference separating them from a place in the top four.
The imminent trip to Anfield in their final match of 2018 may nip hopes of a repeat in the bud, and the Gunners will know from experience that they cannot afford to take this game for granted either, having lost this exact fixture last season.
Arsenal actually sit in the same position after 18 games of this season as they did in their final campaign under Arsene Wenger – fifth place – but they are four points better off and have suffered two fewer defeats than the same stage of 2017-18.
On the flip side, Arsenal are yet to keep a single clean sheet on their travels this season, and that is a drought they will be desperate to end before visiting league leaders Liverpool on Saturday.
The Gunners did finally end their wait for a half-time lead against Burnley at the weekend, though, and if Emery’s side can begin to string together a full 90 minutes of their best form then they could be a force to be reckoned with during the second half of the season.
Brighton had lost this fixture five times in a row before the most recent contest in March, which they won 2-1 at the Amex Stadium courtesy of goals from Dunk and Murray.
Indeed, the Seagulls have now won each of their last three home games against Arsenal in the top flight, with their last such defeat coming in April 1981.
However, those are Brighton’s only three wins against Arsenal in 17 previous meetings, with the Gunners coming out on top 12 times.
It will be a surprise if Brighton picks a point in this game; A win for Arsenal looks very likely.
2. Burnley vs Everton – Everton win and over 1.5 goals
Burnley have endured a very poor form this season but they will be hoping to take advantage of an Everton side devoid of confidence after their loss against Spurs.
Burnley have really struggled after going on their first European tour at the beginning of the campaign.
Their opposite number on Boxing Day will know a thing or two about that after last season.
Everton will be looking to bounce back after their disgraceful thumping by Tottenham last Sunday.
Despite that heavy loss to Tottenham and being without a win in five games, Everton go into this game as pretty decent favorites.
Burnley on the other hand have have only won three games during the campaign and have lost a stunning 12.
Everton are in a pole position to win this tie even though they will be playing away from home. We predict a narrow 2-1 victory for Everton.
3. Tottenham vs Bournemouth – Tottenham Hostpurs win and over 1.5 goals
Tottenham are flying high after a thumping win over Everton and now host another team flirting with the Premier League big boys in Bournemouth.
Spurs hit six at Goodison Park just days after speculation heightened over a possible move to Old Trafford for manager Mauricio Pochettino. Now Pochettino faces a man who has been touted as a possible successor, Eddie Howe.
Title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City are also in action at 3pm so Boxing Day could prove pivotal during a busy festive schedule.
Tottenham have never lost to Bournemouth in six league meetings, winning five and scoring 17 goals in the process.
Christian Eriksen was the match-winner in the corresponding fixture last season.
We expect no upset to be caused by Bournemouth, Tottenham are expected to win this fixture coolly by at least a 2 goal margin.
A goal scorer bet can also be placed on Hyeung Min Son and Harry Kane to score in this particular tie considering their blistering form this season.
4. Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town – Manchester United win
Solskjaer got off to a winning start on Saturday with a 5-1 thrashing by setting an immediate record as the first time United have scored five goals since Sir Alex Ferguson left the Club.
This is a morale booster for the player and the Manager going into a home fixture where the Statistics are on the side of the Red Devils.
Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford against Yorkshire opposition.
They have won 26 and drew 6. The last Yorkshire side to win away against Manchester United in the top-flight were Sheffield Wednesday in April 1986.
Manchester United haven’t lost a home league game on Boxing Day since 1978/79 (0-3 versus Liverpool), winning 14 and drawing three since.
Manchester United find themselves outside the top five positions of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the third time in six seasons since Alex Ferguson retired (also in 2013-14 and 2016-17). Under Ferguson, United were never outside the top five places on Xmas Day in any of the 21 Premier League seasons.
Huddersfield are looking for their first away win against Manchester United since September 1930, when they won 6-0 in a top-flight clash. They’ve failed to win any of their last 15 trips in all competitions since then (D5 L10).
Huddersfield have failed to score in seven of their last 10 games against Manchester United in all competitions, netting just four goals in total in this period.
Manchester will hope to continue their blistering form; at least 2 goals from United is expected to seal a win for them.
5. Liverpool vs Newcastle – Liverpool win over 2.5 goals
The Reds will continue to protect their unbeaten record this season when they face struggling Newcastle this Afternoon at Anfield which remains a fortress this season.
With their talisman Mohammed Salah fiinding his goal-scoring booths lately, he is expected to be a thorn in the flesh of the Newcastle defense. Virgil Van Dijk has been a pillar for Liverpool this season. He has helped to improve his center back partners; Matip, Gomez and Lovren something Jurgen Klopp is cheerful of.
Ki Sung-yueng is unavailable now after jetting off for the Asian Cup. Rafa Benitez will hope Jonjo Shelvey can recover in time to replace him at Anfield.
Federico Fernández was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham but is expected to return to the side here.
DeAndre Yedlin is also expected to rotate into the side after only managing a cameo appearance against the Cottagers.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 29 home matches (Premier League) winning 10 of their last 12 home matches against Newcastle in all competitions.
They have also scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 home matches against Newcastle in all competitions.
We give Newcastle no chance to score, Liverpool is expected to win at least by 3 goals to nil.
6. Crystal Palace vs Watford – Crystal Palace win or Draw
Crystal Palace climbed up to 14th in the league ladder after a staggering win over Manchester City on Saturday afternoon at Etihad. They made it consecutive league wins after the previous 1-0 victory over Leicester City at Selhurst Park.
Roy Hodgson’s men have a great opportunity to keep it up and make it three on the spin on Wednesday afternoon when they play host to league’s worst travellers Cardiff City.
It’s been four years since these two likes last battled it out.
Crystal Palace claimed two impressive wins over the Bluebirds in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign (3-0 and 2-0).
The Glaziers scored two or more goals in three of past four encounters with Cardiff City.
Cardiff City on the other hand have claimed just one point form eight league games on the road, bagging no more than five goals in the process.
A win or draw bet is likely to be on the cards for Crystal Palace.
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