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MARSHY’S CORNER – BOXING DAY TIPS FROM THE PRO

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SPURS V BRIGHTON
Tougher one to predict than it looks. Brighton are a deceptively good team and Spurs will be reeling from their comprehensive home defeat to Chelsea. Spurs looked completely inept against Chelsea and will need to bounce back quickly. Brighton lost 1-0 at home to one of the best away teams in the league in Sheffield United. There is no shame in that and their form can be unpredictable. I see Spurs rebounding here with a brace from Dele Alli.
Spurs 2, Brighton 0

BOURNEMOUTH V ARSENAL
Bournemouth are really struggling – both with injuries and form. Losing at home to Burnley over the weekend will not only have hurt but its their 6th Premier League loss in 7 games and they are now getting dragged toward the relegation zone. Arsenal will no doubt get a lift from the arrival of new manager Mikel Arteta and it’s for this reason only that I think Arsenal take this one.
Bournemouth 0, Arsenal 1

ASTON VILLA V NORWICH
This one is a massive 6 pointer for both clubs. Villa have been unlucky for the most part this season but did look very poor vs Southampton over the weekend. Norwich are enterprising and can stun any team on their day. Their defence is just too weak for them to maintain any form of consistency though. They create plenty of chances but then just undo their hard work by being so sloppy at the back.
Villa 3, Norwich 2

CHELSEA V SOUTHAMPTON
Having endured a miserable patch of 4 losses out of 5, Chelsea bounced back with aplomb in dominating London rivals Spurs in their own back yard. Chelsea will be way too strong for this Southampton team, who admittedly do prefer to play away from home. Again a C grade defence will not be able to contain the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Willian.
Chelsea 3, Southampton 0

CRYSTAL PALACE V WEST HAM
A match up between a team that has a home record of W3, D3, L3 vs a team with an away record that reads W3, D3, L3! So this one is anyone’s guess. Call it a hunch but I think West Ham edges this one. Palace lost at Newcastle over the weekend while the Hammers managed to get some extra rest having had their game against Liverpool postponed due to the Reds’ World Club commitments.
Palace 0, West Ham 1

EVERTON V BURNLEY
Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge will have the Everton players giving that bit extra to impress their premium grade manager. Burnley are another team to blow hot and cold but they will need to be at their best to go toe-to-toe with a pumped Toffees lineup. Look for a comfortable home win here.
Everton 2, Burnley 0

SHEFF UNITED V WATFORD
If this was away from home you would have to fancy Sheff United, such is their away form this season. Watford have been extremely impressive in their last two outings and since Nigel Pearson took over. An unlucky defeat to Liverpool and a comprehensive win over Man United shows that they have the ability. Sheffield United don’t give anything away but I am looking for an upset here.
Sheff United 0, Watford 1

MANCHESTER UNITED V NEWCASTLE
Pressure is once again mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. If I was Man United, I would swap him for Mauricio Pochettino before that window of opportunity closes. That said, and as tough as Newcastle have been this season, I see a home win here. The return of Paul Pogba will add some much needed creativity but Solskjaer needs to be more positive with his team selection and pick Mason Greenwood to start. He could do no worse than Jesse Lingard or Anthony Martial.
Man United 2, Newcastle 0

LEICESTER V LIVERPOOL
Top of the table clash. Liverpool are running away with this league and will have been boosted by the addition of the World Club trophy to their cabinet. Leicester look like they are running out of a bit of gas at the moment. That may sound harsh as it’s not as if they are off form, it’s just that they may be a victim of their own success. I would say that they are not realistic title contenders but should cement a top 4 place this season which would be an outstanding achievement. Liverpool have not been convincing of late but nevertheless have been finding a way to get the job done. I see them doing the same again vs Leicester.
Leicester 1, Liverpool 2

WOLVES V MAN CITY
Man City really look like they are hitting their straps now. With Kevin de Bruyne in top form and pulling the strings, Man City look unbeatable. They will have to be if they have any hope of catching Liverpool. Wolves pose a very tough challenge but they are just not in the same league as Man City.
Wolves 1, Man City 4

Written by Ian Marshall

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