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Boxing Day: Premier League betting preview

24/12/2014
One of the great traditions of English football is the full programme of league games on Boxing Day, and this Friday will be a rare occasion that all 20 Premier League clubs are in action on the same day.

Here is a look at some of the eye-catching odds being offered by Bet365.

The day’s earlier kick-off sees league leaders Chelsea take on fourth placed West Ham United as west meets east in a London derby.

The visitors are searching for their first win at Stamford Bridge since 2002, though they did manage to take a point from the corresponding fixture last season, with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho calling their defensive tactics towards achieving a 0-0 draw “something from the 19th century.”

But the Hammers are better placed to upset the Blues this time around, despite the fact that Mourinho’s men have won all eight of their home league games this season and are placed as 1/3 favourites.

West Ham have lost just once in their last 11 games, but are 9/1 outsiders, and an edge could be found in a draw – Chelsea half time/full time bet at 11/4.

Moving on to the 3pm kick offs, the best value for a result bet could be found at the King Power Stadium, where Tottenham Hotspur are priced at a tasty 21/20 to grab an away victory at Leicester City.

Spurs have won their last three matches, while Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City are still searching for their first success since their enthralling 5-3 home win against Manchester United in September, a run spanning 12 games.

They will need to show spirit reminiscent of the last time the two sides met, when the Foxes came back to win 3-2 from a 0-2 deficit in an FA Cup third round tie in 2006, and they are 14/5 to be victorious on this occasion.

Another notable option is 15/4 on Radamel Falcao to score first for Manchester United against Newcastle United, having bagged his second goal for the Red Devils in his first start since September in his team’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last week.

Some value can be found with 21/20 odds of over 2.5 goals between Everton and Stoke City, with Everton’s 17 matches so far containing 54 goals, more than any other team in the league, and Stoke having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 matches.

The day’s action finishes at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal facing Queen’s Park Rangers.

With Rangers having failed to pick up one point from their eight away matches in the league this season, it is no surprise that they are as heavily priced as 12/1 to pull off a shock against the sixth-placed Gunners, who have won this fixture 1-0 on each of QPR’s previous two visits, and are a lowly 2/7 to win this time.

But a 6/4 price on Arsenal to win with a handicap of -2 would seem more realistic, though QPR forward Charlie Austin is well priced to score first or last at 8/1, who scored his first Premier League hat-trick in his team’s 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion last Saturday and is the league’s third highest scorer with 11 goals.

David Cook
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