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Boxing Day Premier League Acca – 26th December

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you enjoyed yesterday and that Santa was good to you!

Well, last week was a bit of an odd one, seeing as two of the matches that I picked for my fourfold were postponed due to the Covid-19 cases at a couple of the clubs, in the end only my double went forward and at very low odds, so while Arsenal won, Chelsea let me down, however I am not too distressed as I think I’d have stood to win around £2.50 for a £10 bet!

I have to be honest and think that the EPL have shot themselves in the foot by not postponing at least one set of games over the festive period. Their directive that if a team has 13 fit players, including one goalkeeper, is a nonsense. For example, if Chelsea have 10 players go down, they can still pick a strong team. As Can Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd.

However, if that happens at Newcastle, Watford, Norwich, Burnley or a team lower down the table, how can they be expected to cope with a mix of youth players and players who seldom get a first team game?

The plus side is that we do, apparently, have a set of games to look forward to on Boxing Day and while I am convinced a fair few of these games may fall by the wayside over the coming days, I have tried to put together an accumulator that offers decent value with games that may well be played.

Here’s my set of tips for Boxing Day in the EPL.

Boxing Day EPL Acca Tip – 26th December

    • 12:30
    • Sun - Wolves v Watford Home Win
    • 3:00
    • Sun - Burnley v Everton Away Win
    • 3:00
    • Sun - Tottenham v Crystal Palace Home Win
    • 8:00
    • Sun - Brighton v Brentford Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Sunday 26th December

Wolves v Watford – Home Win

If there is one word to describe Wolves at the moment, it is obdurate. They are a very tough team to beat and it is hard to score goals against them. Case in point, in three games against Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea, they have conceded two goals, one in injury time, the other a penalty. Watford have pretty much been the opposite in terms of goals conceded and Claudio Ranieri, while overseeing some good results, has also seen his team massively underperform at times. Wolves away has been tricky for even the best teams in recent times so a Watford side that concede lots of goals should not be too difficult a game for the home side and I would back them to land the win.

Burnley v Everton – Away Win

Are we seeing Rafa Benitez start to pull Everton out of the doldrums? A win over Arsenal was followed by defeat at Crystal Palace, but then the Toffees Covid-hit squad produced a superb performance to earn a 1-1 draw at Chelsea. That should give them a massive boost of confidence as they head into their Boxing Day game with a Burnley side who have won just once in the league this season. Both teams will be well-rested ahead of this game too after their game last week was postponed and that may allow them to get some players back for this one. There won’t be many goals here, but I just feel that Everton have that extra quality in attack to grab the majority of those that are scored.

Tottenham v Crystal Palace – Home Win

After an exciting 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the weekend, Tottenham come into this game after a Carabao Cup quarterfinal, Covid permitting, in the week against West Ham and a second London derby in five days is a big ask. However, I think Spurs have been showing a bit more of the Antonio Conte spirit in recent games and there was no doubt that they caused Liverpool more problems this season defensively than any other team I’ve seen against the Reds including West Ham, Man City and Chelsea. Palace are well-rested ahead of this game and will make it tough for Spurs, but I think with Kane and Son starting to rekindle their partnership and Dele Alli back in favour, Spurs should land the win here.

Brighton v Brentford- Home Win

Brighton have not won any of their last 13 games in all competitions, but they have picked up an awful lot of draws in those games and perhaps should have won a number of them, and would have but for some wasteful finishing in front of goal. Brentford have a better record of late losing just one of their last five, but these are the games that Brighton seem to excel in, against teams around them in the table and with home advantage, and with Brentford having played in the week prior to this game, I am backing the home side to come away with a win here.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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