Once the big day is done and dusted, football fans around the country cast their weary eyes towards one of the most anticipated days in the footballing calendar: the Boxing Day schedule.
It’s a day for rest and relaxation as overfilled bodies recover from the festive feast, and what better way to burn off those extra calories than screaming at professional athletes on your TV from the comfort of your sofa?
And, with six Premier League games and a full schedule of EFL and Scottish Premiership action to divulge in, this Boxing Day is shaping up to be a cracker!
Of course, with so many games to choose from it can be difficult deciding where to put your money, and that’s what our range of experts are here for.
Here at FST we’re blessed with a range of fantastic tipsters, and the results speak for themselves. We landed a huge 119/1 mega accumulator last Sunday and that was far from the only winner of the week. We also hit a 23/1 winner on Saturday (as well as landing five of our seven Bet of the Days) and landed yet another BTTS acca on Tuesday!
But we’re far from the only tipsters on the internet, and we’ve teamed up with a duo of high-profile football experts to bring you the top bets for Saturday’s action.
Our midweek instalment saw Alex continue his perfect record with a third consecutive winner thanks to Lille’s victory, while Simon landed the biggest winner so far as Spurs win & BTTS came in at 11/5. James Milton also made it two wins from three as Manchester City coolly dispatched of Arsenal on Tuesday.
Boxing Day best bets
Serie A writer and journalist at Free Super Tips.
Sheffield United vs Everton – Everton to win @ 17/20
The Toffees have won three Premier League games on the spin and should be able to hold off a spirited Sheffield United side. The Blades have made contests out of many of their league games, but they’ve still lost 12 of 14 matches.
The Blades have claimed their two points so far against sides in the bottom four, losing to every side from 16th and above. Fourth placed Everton have won four of five clashes with the bottom six and should be too strong for their opponents.
Premier League expert and journalist at Free Super Tips.
Manchester City vs Newcastle – Man City to win and under 3.5 goals @ 6/5
Manchester City have lost just once in 19 games in all competitions, however, while the Citizens remain huge favourites to land a knockout blow against Newcastle on Boxing Day, we don’t expect a glut of goals at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens’ attacking output this season pales in comparison to some of their free-scoring exploits from previous years, and a City side averaging just 1.46 goals per game in 2020/21 could find running up a big score against the notoriously defence-minded Magpies difficult.
Newcastle had been conceding on average of just 1.3 goals per Premier League before their anomalous battering against Leeds, and the massed ranks of Magpies defenders should be able to keep the score down against a City team still searching for their best form.
Sports Editor at Free Super Tips.
Arsenal vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win @ 10/11
It’s not shaping up to be a particularly merry Christmas for Mikel Arteta and his floundering Gunners. Arsenal head into this game without a win in seven Premier League games and were expertly dismantled against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
They have lost seven of their last ten league matches and have picked up a meagre one point from their last five home matches.
Chelsea have suffered some setbacks in December, but they bounced back from consecutive defeats with an assured performance against West Ham last weekend and have still won five of their last eight top flight matches. With form on their side and a few extra days of recuperation in the bag, the Blues should return to Stamford Bridge with three points.
Sports journalist at Racing Post
Fulham vs Southampton – Southampton to win @ 13/10
Fulham have looked more resilient of late in the Premier League but could still only hold the likes of Newcastle and Brighton to stalemates and they are worth opposing when they take on in-form Southampton.
The Cottagers have lost eight of their 14 league fixtures in 2020-21 and their only successes came against strugglers West Brom and against the run of play away to Leicester City.
Southampton, meanwhile, have already won seven times in the Premier League this term and even in the potential absence of Danny Ings, they can call on Che Adams and Theo Walcott in the final third. They came close against Man City last time out and are worth a bet.
Head of Sports Content at Racing Post and regular appearances in The Guardian, FourFourTwo and more.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace – Aston Villa to win @ 10/11
Aston Villa have kept three straight clean sheets during a hot spell spell of seven points from the last nine available and they should be able to beat a Crystal Palace side that shipped seven against Liverpool last week.
Palace are known for being tight at the back yet they have not managed a Premier League clean sheet since the opening weekend and that should be a concern for Eagles boss Roy Hodgson.
Opposite number Dean Smith has no such concerns. Villa look organised defensively, lively in attack and have a magician in Jack Grealish to pull everything together.
English Football League expert and regular columnist at Racing Post.
Barnsley vs Huddersfield – Barnsley to win @ 11/10
Barnsley lost 2-0 away to promotion-chasing Swansea last weekend but they won the shot count 8-5 and should return to winning ways at home to Huddersfield.
The Tykes had won eight of their previous 12 Championship matches before the defeat at the Liberty Stadium and that run includes home wins to nil against QPR, Watford and Nottingham Forest.
Huddersfield are above Barnsley on goal difference but they are poor on the road, taking just two points from their last five away matches and failing to score in four of them.
Former Premier League left back and current host of the Different League podcast.
QPR vs Swansea – Swansea to win @ 7/5
Swansea have a great chance to jump into the top two after Bournemouth’s game was postponed and they should take full advantage against QPR.
Playing away could be a blessing at the moment seeing as the Liberty Stadium pitch has become difficult to play football on and Swansea’s slick play can bring rewards at Loftus Road.
Rangers are winless in seven and that includes home defeats to Reading and Bristol City.
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