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Sport Preview: Premier League Tips- Mon 26th Dec

Premier League Tips: Boxing Day 2022

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Brentford vs Tottenham: Mon 26th Dec, 12:30pm

Brentford signed off for the World Cup break with a brilliant 2-1 win at Manchester City and the break came at the wrong time for the Bees.

The away-day showing was as good as it has been under Thomas Frank, but at home they have drawn their last two against Chelsea and Wolves. And the warm-up action at home has also seen the Bees struggle.

Defeats to Bordeaux and Celta Vigo were followed by a draw with Wolfsburg, but the time together for Frank and Brentford could prove to be invaluable.

The Bees had just six players at the World Cup, whereas Spurs had 11 players involved, including Hugo Lloris and Cristian Romero, who both played in the World Cup final.

Rodrigo Bentancur and Richarlison both sustained injuries on World Cup duty and will miss out while Ivan Perisic is also likely to be absent.

Antonio Conte did not manage to get his squad away for any warm weather training and the XI that drew with Nice may well be pretty close to the side that takes on Brentford.

With that in mind it does not make too much sense to back Spurs at a shade odds on. Instead Brentford, who have thumped Leeds and Man Utd on home soil, could be a value punt.

Key Stats:

  • Brentford drew 0-0 with Spurs last season at home and lost 2-0 away
  • Tottenham have conceded at least two goals in their last five Premier League matches
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Tottenham’s last four Premier League games

Leicester vs Newcastle: Mon 26th Dec, 3:00pm

The King Power Stadium will host two of the Premier League’s most in-form teams on Boxing Day.

Leicester have turned things around in a big way and they have won four of their last five. They also had a tune-up in midweek with a 3-0 win over MK Dons in the EFL Cup.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong side and that workout was valuable after some down time and a trip to Abu Dhabi.

However, Newcastle also had a run out in the Carabao Cup and the 1-0 win over Bournemouth kept up their brilliant form.

Eddie Howe’s men had won five on the spin before the World Cup and they headed off on their trip to Saudi Arabia in good spirits.

Howe put out a strong team and a similar line-up to what he will probably field against the Foxes. It certainly looks like being one of the best games over the Christmas period.

Leicester have been rock solid defensively, keeping a clean sheet in five of their last six Premier League matches. But only Manchester United have stopped Newcastle from scoring in their last nine league games and both teams to score looks like following closely.

Leicester have also hit the goal trail recently and they look like a bit of value at odds of around 9/4 for a home win. Newcastle, though, are starting to look like genuine top-four contenders and it may well pay to back goals in the Midlands on Boxing Day.

Key Stats:

  • Newcastle have won their last five Premier League matches
  • Leicester have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six Premier League matches

Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Mon 26th Dec, 5:30pm

Liverpool sprung back into action at The Etihad with a 3-2 EFL Cup defeat against Manchester City on Thursday. But while Jurgen Klopp was moaning about VAR after the defeat, Liverpool’s players will have been switching their focus back to the Premier League.

Liverpool, without Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, showed plenty of spirit and caused City problems, but Pep Guardiola’s men were good value for the win. And that game should give the Reds the upper hand at Villa Park on Boxing Day.

“We should defend all three goals much better,” said Klopp. “Third goal especially, we are not switched on when they start their little routine. We were not in the right position, not enough players watching the ball. But we had our moments.

“It was a spectacular game, high intensity. A lot to take from it.”

Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was ill on Thursday, are expected to come into the frame, but Ibrahima Konate will be available after his World Cup efforts.

New Villa boss Unai Emery took his squad to Dubai for some warm weather training and they have faced Cardiff and Brighton, while they defeated Chelsea 1-0 and lost to Villarreal by the same scoreline at Villa Park.

Emery will have had plenty of time to get his ideas across, but Villa face a tough assignment against a Liverpool side who had a valuable tune-up against City.

Key Stats:

  • Last season Liverpool won both games against Aston Villa (1-0 at home and 2-1 away).
  • Aston Villa haven’t won any of their last four games against Liverpool

Arsenal vs West Ham: Mon 26th Dec, 8:00pm

If ever a team needed a break over the last month it was West Ham.

David Moyes’ men went into the winter sabbatical on the back of three straight defeats in the league. A 1-0 defeat at Manchester United was followed by damaging home defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace.

The Hammers have worked at home in the break, but they did make a trip to Italy and defeated Udinese 3-1. They also warmed up for their return to league action with a draw against Fulham.

Moyes desperately needs to find some form from somewhere, but with only one away win under their belts, a win against Arsenal at The Emirates looks beyond them.

West Ham have not been conceding too many goals of late and five of their last six games have gone under 2.5. That may well be the call once again, but Arsenal should be too good in north London.

Mikel Arteta has challenged his side to go and grab their title opportunity by the horns and they have been busy over the last month.

A trip to Dubai has been supplemented with friendlies against Watford, AC Milan, Lyon and Juventus.

The 2-0 defeat to Juventus may well have been a wake-up call for the Gunners, who fielded a strong line-up.

In the league, though, they hold a perfect record at The Emirates and interestingly all of their six wins have gone over 2.5 goals. But the Hammers have not shipped many goals on their travels,  instead they have lost 1-0 on four separate occasions.

The visitors will be hard to break down in Moyes’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and there’s value in going on the under 2.5 goals line. But expect Arsenal to get the job done and make it seven from seven at home.

Key Stats:

  • Arsenal have won seven of their last eight Premier League matches
  • Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last three Premier League matches
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in five of West Ham’s last six Premier League games

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