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Premier League predictions, betting tips & match previews: Best bets for Boxing Day’s 3pm kick-offs

Leigh Copson 19 Dec 2017
  • Six Premier League matches are scheduled for 3pm on Boxing Day
  • Get free betting tips for each of the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League
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Premier League predictions for Boxing Day’s 3pm games. Can Manchester United see off high-flying Burnley and will Chelsea avoid another disappointing outing at Stamford Bridge? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips for 3pm on Boxing Day.

Please note, these previews were written prior to the December 23 games.

Bournemouth v West Ham United

West Ham United were mocked for appointing David Moyes as manager, but it has worked out pretty well for the Hammers so far. They have beaten Chelsea and drawn with Arsenal since the Scot took the reins, and he has also been able to lead them to their first away win of the season as they beat Stoke City in comprehensive fashion. But can they keep the ball rolling over the chaotic Christmas period? I believe they can by taking something from this trip to Bournemouth. The Cherries possess one of the worst home records in the entire top flight and have not managed a victory at the Vitality Stadium in over a month, so this is a great opportunity for West Ham to keep the momentum going.

Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion

Chelsea can forget about successfully retaining their Premier League title this season, but there is still plenty of pressure on them to keep racking up victories because the competition for a top-four spot is fierce. Next up for them is a meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion and while the Blues have been guilty of dropping points at home this season, it is hard to see them giving any up here. The Seagulls have collected only seven points from a possible 27 on their travels so far this season and have managed to score just six goals, so everything points to Chelsea winning this match and keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Huddersfield Town v Stoke City

If Stoke City were beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion on December 23 then there is every chance Mark Hughes may not be holding the reins, and even if he is still in charge of the Potters his position is on shaky ground. Stoke desperately need to start stringing together some wins to climb away from the relegation zone, but I do not expect them to take anything from this trip to Huddersfield Town. The Terriers may have lost quite a few games over the past month or so, but for a side with very little top-flight experience they have been doing well this season and their home record is not too bad when you consider the strength of the opposition they have faced. I am backing them to make the most of their home comforts on Boxing Day, sending Stoke home empty-handed.

Manchester United v Burnley

Another match, another must-win outing for Manchester United. That recent derby defeat to Manchester City means Jose Mourinho’s men cannot afford to drop many more points – if any – between now and the end of the season, and they do face a tricky task on Boxing Day with Burnley being the visitors to Old Trafford. The Clarets have enjoyed a sensational first few months of the season that have seen them spend some time in fourth place, and their away form has improved dramatically from their woeful efforts on the road in 2016/17. However, this is Manchester United and this is Old Trafford. Mourinho’s men have won eight of their nine league matches at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ this season, with the only defeat coming to City, and that is a record I simply cannot ignore. The Red Devils should run out winners here but it is likely to be a close affair – Burnley have one of the best away records in the top flight when it comes to goals conceded away from home.

Watford v Leicester City

Leicester City’s recent surge was brought to a shuddering halt when they suffered a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace earlier this month, but the Foxes will go into Boxing Day in the top half of the table and that has to be pleasing for manager Claude Puel, who was only appointed in late October. They will look to consolidate their position during the busy festive period and I fancy their chances of claiming three more points from their Boxing Day visit to Watford. The Hornets have struggled for points since late November and were crushed 4-1 by Huddersfield Town in their most recent home outing, so this is certainly a winnable game for Puel’s men. 

West Bromwich Albion v Everton

Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew were both appointed to their latest jobs within days of each other, and it is safe to say ‘Big Sam’ has enjoyed the better start to life at his new club. While the Toffees have been piling up points under the former England boss, the Baggies will still be seeking a first win of the Pards Era, and a first Premier League victory since August 19, if they failed to beat Stoke City on Saturday. And even if West Brom did take all three points from that trip to the bet365 Stadium, it is hard to have any confidence in them beating Everton here. I am tempted to back the Toffees to win, but the Double Chance market appears the better option. Only the very top clubs have managed to beat West Brom at The Hawthorns and they have drawn five of their nine home games in the league this season. A Boxing Day stalemate is a real possibility.

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