Skysports 1: Mon 19.45 & Tue 17.00 & 19.30: Boxing day sees Man United (-2, 11/8 Betdaq) against Wigan while Stoke host Aston Villa.
At Old Trafford on Monday, Manchester United are a home banker at 1/5 (Paddy Power) as they tackle Wigan and it’s worth backing Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the handicaps, where they’re 4/7 with Skybet when kicking off a goal behind the Latics and 11/8 with Betdaq to win by a clear three goals.
Neighbours Manchester City should also pick up a maximum haul and Stan James agree, quoting Roberto Mancini’s troops at 1/2 to overcome West Brom at the Hawthorns, where Sportingbet post 8/11 against both teams finding the net.
In the West London derby, Chelsea are just 1/3 at best with bet365 to send Fulham on the short journey home empty-handed but it might not be as straightforward as the odds suggest so Betfred’s 6/1 for the Blues to bag the only goal is arguably the best bet at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool and Arsenal meanwhile, also look set to register victories; they’re 3/10 (Ladbrokes) and 1/4 (Totesport) respectively to overcome Blackburn and Wolves and the duo double up at a more appealing 8/13 with Betfred.
In Boxing Day’s televised encounter at the Britannia Stadium Stoke should have the edge over Aston Villa, Stan James rating the Potters at 21/20 to get the better of Alex McLeish’s men and also in front of the cameras, this time on Tuesday, is Swansea’s clash with QPR, which Boylesports quote at 12/5 to finish all square.
At the Reebok Stadium, Bolton and Newcastle are also 3.4 (12/5), this time via Betdaq, to share the spoils but Sunderland can fare a touch better than their local rivals by beating Everton at the Stadium of Light, a result bet365 price at a generous 6/4.
The respective squads of Tottenham and Norwich might be permitted to imbibe a sherry or two with their turkey on Christmas Day as they enjoy a rest on Boxing Day before locking horns at Carrow Road a day later.
It’s Spurs that are considered the team likely to provided their supporters with some late festive cheer, Ladbrokes installing them as 5/6 favourites to collect three points at the expense of the Canaries, Boylesports’ 7/2 outsiders and it’s hard to oppose Harry Redknapp’s charges despite the fact that they’re carrying a couple of injuries.
The hosts score plenty of goals on their own patch but also concede regularly, so a high-scoring affair could be on the cards. Betdaq’s 1.8 (4/5) for the two teams to find the net at least three times between them catches the eye then and with that in mind, a strong case can be made for Skybet’s 15/2, marked against a 2-1 Tottenham triumph.
Less specifically, Skybet quote Redknapp’s high-flyers at 11/4 to shade it by a one-goal margin and it’s 7/4 courtesy of Paddy Power for the visitors to be in front at both the half-way point and the full time whistle in a match that could see the deadlock broken fairly early in proceedings.
It’s 17/20 via for the first goal to arrive before the 27th minute and Emmanuel Adebayor is the man that can grab that opener, Partybets pricing the Spurs front man at 9/2 to put his side 1-0 up.