Boxing Day will be played in Premier League and PlayOn99 News brings you all the news, line-ups and predictions of the most festive day of the year in English football. Matchday 19 will bring us vibrant matches, although the suspensions of Liverpool-Leeds, Wolves-Watford and Burnley-Everton have already been confirmed.
Manchester City – Leicester City (8:30 PM)
Boxing Day will be played in Premier League, Citizens will host the Foxies at Etihad Stadium and will look to achieve 9 consecutive victories. The Premier League leaders will not have Ferrán Torres, a recent addition to Barcelona, and Kyle Walker available.
Leicester beat Newcastle 4-0 on the final day of the Premier League, but were eliminated from the Carabao Cup this week by Liverpool. Those led by Brendan Rodgers have many casualties between coronavirus and injured, although in the cup match, they proved to be up to the task of facing big teams.
The visit will wait until the last minute to have Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Pérez and Ademola Lookman, all between cottons. You will not be able to count on Ricardo Pereira, injured in the last match.
Manchester City: Ederson; Cancello, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Foden, Grealish.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Vestegaard, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Bertrand; Albrighton, Tielemans, Soumaré; Maddison, Daka, Vardy.
Leicester victory pays 15! And we must not forget that in H2H it was Leicester who snatched the Community Shield from Manchester City in August this year and has scored 5 away goals in 2020.
Norwich – Arsenal (8:30 PM)
The Canaries will receive Arsenal with the aim of leaving the relegation zone at least for this day. The low table is becoming more even and a victory against the big teams could be worth gold.
Dean Smith’s team could put together an alternate team with all the injured. The most sensitive casualty is that of Milot Rashica and they will wait until the last minute for Ozan Kabak and Josh Sargent.
Arsenal is in great shape and has a 3-game winning streak, but the staff raised the alarm for possible cases of coronavirus. The names of those affected have not yet been known. Mikel Arteta summoned 9 youth players: Hutchinson, Awe, Flores, Swanson, Biereth, Salah-Eddine, Hillson, Patiño and Rekik.
Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Kabak, Gibson, Williams; Gilmour, Sorensen, McLean; Placheta, Pukki, Cantwell.
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Magalhaes, Tierney; Saka, Partey, Xhaka, Martinelli; Odegaard; Lacazette.
Arsenal have a great moment, they are in the Champions League zone and they have an 80% chance of winning this game, but it all depends on the cases that force the team to build. If all goes well for the Gunners, the best option would be to go with more than 2.5 goals.
Tottenham – Crystal Palace (8:30 PM)
The Spurs will host Palace with the intention of ratifying the last game they played against Liverpool. They did not win, but they drew and scored 2 goals against the second in the Premier League. Tottenham have not lost for 6 games and have only two casualties: Cristian Romero and Ryan Sessegnon.
Crystal Palace does not have a bad season and reached great performance peaks, but it is a very unstable team. He is still unable to put together a good defense or maintain good individual performances.
Tottenham: Lloris; Sánchez, Dier, Davies; Royal, Skipp, Winks, Reguilón; Moura, Son; Kane.
Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Gallagher, Hughes, Kouyaté; Ayew, Édouard, Zaha.
Tottenham had a great period of inactivity, but in the last game they showed that they are still in great shape. His odds are quite good (1.65) and he has a great chance of winning.
West Ham – Southampton (8:30 PM)
The Hammers seemed to be the revelation of this Premier League and Carabao Cup, where they eliminated 2 teams from the Big Six, but in just one month the dream has been demolished: they achieved only one victory of the last 6 matches for the tournament and were left out of the cup against Tottenham.
West Ham will not be able to count on Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna. While Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are among cotton wool.
Soton has a fairly similar reality, although more settled. Hasenhuttl’s team is one of the worst in the tournament when it comes to play and is going to flirt with relegation all season. Southampton will be able to count on Adam Armstrong and Che Adams.
West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Antonio.
Southampton: Gentleman; Livramento, Lyanco, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Tella, Broja.
West Ham will be local and will have the possibility of returning to victory against a weak rival. The Hammers pay 1.83 with over 50% chance of winning.
Aston Villa – Chelsea (11 PM)
Villans and Blues will meet in the most passionate match of matchday 19 of the Premier League. Boxing Day will present us with a duel between two teams that attack well and understand the ways of their rival.
Aston Villa will not be able to count on Steven Gerrard giving directions because he tested positive for coronavirus. He will have to wait until the last minute for Ashley Young, Morgan Sanson and Anwar El Ghazi.
Chelsea have lost points in the last two matches of the tournament and are in dire need of a win. After a major coronavirus outbreak on campus, Thomas Tuchel will be able to count Havertz, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Lukaku, Werner and Ziyech.
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendía, Ings, Watkins.
Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kanté, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Hudson-Odoi; Pulisic.
Chelsea will go for victory at any cost, but Aston Villa has shown that it knows how to take refuge. The quota of the locals pays very high (5.25) with respect to the expectation of victory (50%). Both will score.
Brighton & Hove Albion – Brentford (1:30 AM)
The locals will have a tough match against The Bees in what will be perhaps the most even duel. Brighton have not won the last 11 matches and are in desperate need of a win.
He will not be able to count on Yves Bissouma for suspension, he will wait for the recovery of Joel Veltman and Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster are ruled out.
Brentford has the same points as Brighton, but has spread its victories throughout the tournament. He faces a stage with many injured and infected with coronavirus and will hope to have Charlie Goode and Mathias Jorgensen.
Brighton: Sánchez; Lamptey, Duffy, Burn, Cucurella; Mwepu, Lallana, Moder; March, Maupay, Trossard.
Brentford: Fernandez; Pinnock, Jansson, Sorensen; Canós, Baptiste, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbeumo, Toney.
Brighton and Brentford are two teams that have a hard time making their chances. If it is for quality, the locals can twist the meeting with Maupay and Trossard with a defense that in recent games has defended far behind.