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Premier League acca: Best bets for Boxing Day

23 Dec | BY Tom McGarry | MIN READ TIME |
Premier League acca: Best bets for Boxing Day

Tom McGarry's best bets include wins for Bournemouth and Liverpool.

The festive treats keep on coming in the top flight with 10 teams in action on Boxing Day, and the pick of the action is set to take place at Old Trafford where misfiring Manchester United will take on surprise title challengers Aston Villa.

Best Bets

Bournemouth to win and both teams to score @ 3/1
Sheffield United to beat Luton @ 13/10
Liverpool to beat Burnley to nil @ 8/5
Aston Villa or draw v Manchester United @ 8/15

Bournemouth v Fulham (15:00)

Bournemouth have only lost one of their last 12 meetings with Fulham and the Cherries will head into their Boxing Day clash with the Cottagers full of confidence having taken seven points from their last three home fixtures, scoring twice in each of those games.

Scoring goals has also not been a problem for Fulham over recent weeks, as emphasised by their recent 5-0 victories over both Nottingham Forest and West Ham.

Both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings between these sides and it would be no surprise to see that occur again on Boxing Day, but Bournemouth should ultimately outpower their visitors, particularly if the in-form Dominic Solanke can net for the third Cherries home match in a row.

Sheffield United v Luton (15:00)

A Boxing Day relegation six-pointer looks set to take place at Bramall Lane, but hosts Sheffield United will approach this contest with renewed belief after an upturn in results following the return of Chris Wilder as manager.

The Blades have collected four points since Wilder’s reappointment at the start of the month, picking up a victory over Brentford in their last home fixture before claiming a credible point away at high-flying Aston Villa on Friday night.

Both of their league wins this season have come on home soil and they may have too much for fellow strugglers Luton, who have also been improving but still only collected four points on the road this season – only the Blades have picked up fewer in the division.

Burnley v Liverpool (17:30)

Setting aside their unforeseen 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield United at the start of the month, Burnley have lost all of their other eight home games in the Premier League this season, conceding 22 goals in the process.

That makes for grim reading for Vincent Kompany’s side and things could get worse when Liverpool head to town.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have won on their last five trips to Turf Moor, keeping a clean sheet in the most recent three off those, and they can secure another shutout against a Burnley team that failed to net in their last home fixture, which also came against Merseyside opposition, when Everton claimed a 2-0 win on December 16.

Manchester United v Aston Villa (20:00)

Manchester United’s struggles this season could well be hitting new lows, as Saturday’s 2-0 loss at West Ham means it is now just one win in seven across all competitions for Erik ten Hag’s under-fire side.

The Red Devils have failed to score in four successive matches – the first time that has happened for more than 31 years – and they could be in for another tough evening against Aston Villa.

Villa will be disappointed to have been held by Sheffield United last time out, but Unai Emery’s side are still unbeaten in 10 matches, claiming victories against Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal during that run.

The Villans have recent memories of winning at Old Trafford – a 1-0 success in September 2021 – and it will have been a long time since they were heading into a trip to the Theatre of Dreams in such high spirits.