EPL: 5 Boxing Day matches we could see shock results


After all the dine and wine of Christmas, Premier League football returns with Boxing Day fixtures.

The English topflight is responsible for our annual dose of entertainment during this period.

And from Tuesday, there will be matches to binge on.

1. Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest: This round of fixtures kick off at St James’ Park. It would sound like a no-brainer to tip Newcastle to win this easily. But remember that Nottingham have a new manager in Nuno Espirito Santo and we could see a different side. In his first game, they were giving Bournemouth a tough ride until the unfortunate red card for Wily Boly.

2. Burnley vs Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s men are clearly becoming one of the maybe three/four teams that will compete for the Premier League title. But they face a tricky trip to Burnley, who have recorded some positive results recently and would want to continue that in front of their fans.

3. Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Mauricio Pochettino’s men lost again at Wolves last weekend. The Blues have now lost their last four consecutive away fixtures. What is funny, is that they are also not winning a lot at Stamford Bridge. Palace, on the other hand, pulled off a 1-1 draw at Manchester City and could pull it off again against Chelsea.

4. Arsenal vs West Ham: Punters know that Arsenal almost always concede at the Emirates. And the Hammers have a few good attackers in good form – Jarrod Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta. So we could be in for a cracker. Also, Mikel Arteta’s men will likely kick off in second place. Will they be able to deal with the pressure?

5. Everton vs Man City: This is the first time Manchester City will be playing in England since they were crowned world champions. But Everton and their fans at Goodison Park will not care for that. The Toffees are fighting for their lives, as they have been slammed with a 10-point deduction. On the other hand, Pep Guardiola’s men have looked vulnerable this season.