Boxing Day promises to deliver more fun than Father Christmas this year.
Santa’s sack was emptied last night, but reports suggest that Louis van Gaal will get it if his Manchester United side lose at Stoke City, which we think they will.
Check out our Boxing Day predictions in full below:
Stoke City 3-1 Manchester United
The Potters have already beaten Manchester City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium. United are without a win in six games and Van Gaal’s players seem to lack spirit, which is something they will need to show in spades to survive in Staffordshire.
Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United
Remi Garde’s Villa were much improved last time out, earning a respectable 1-1 draw at Newcastle United. They are good enough to replicate that result tomorrow, but relegation seems inevitable, as a consequence of their horrific start to the season.
Bournemouth 2-3 Crystal Palace
Both sides will look to attack at every opportunity. Palace at better at both ends of the pitch, so their superior quality should see them victorious.
Chelsea 1-1 Watford
Sunderland gave Chelsea an easy ride in their first match since Jose Mourinho’s sacking, but Guus Hiddink’s first game of his second coming is unlikely to be such a walk in the park. The Hornets, who beat Liverpool 3-0 on Sunday, are 10 points above the Blues for a reason.
Liverpool 1-2 Leicester City
Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has never won a Premier League game on Boxing Day (having managed in six), but that could be about to change. The league leaders fear nobody. They travel to Anfield high on confidence, while Liverpool have key injuries in defence and attack, and are still finding their feet under Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester City 5-1 Sunderland
Sergio Aguero didn’t have the best of times against Arsenal on Monday night, but his 63-minute shift will have done him the world of good. Sunderland better watch out!
Swansea City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
West Brom have injuries and suspensions aplenty, so this is a prime opportunity for Swansea to get out of their recent rut.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Norwich City
Norwich won at Old Trafford last weekend, so they have the potential to upset Spurs. However, with their recent home defeat to Newcastle United still fresh in the memory, Tottenham’s players will be ultra-focussed, so Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unlikely to be as complacent as the Red Devils were.
Newcastle United 1-2 Everton
Everton are almost impossible to predict, but, if they perform close to their best, they should pick up three points. The Toffees have won four of their last five games against the Magpies.
Southampton 0-2 Arsenal
Having lost five of their last six games, Southampton shouldn’t expect to get anything against Arsenal, even though the Gunners have not won at St Mary’s in four visits.