Liverpool host Leicester in Boxing Day Premier League liaison


Lee Gormley | December 22, 2015

Liverpool v Leicester City

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, December 26th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
  • Anfield, Liverpool

Reds meet league leaders Leicester

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will hosts surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City at Anfield for an intriguing Premier League match-up during Boxing Day’s many afternoon kick-offs, with the Foxes seeking a first win over their opponents since March 2001.

Furthermore, Leicester have not overcome the Reds on Merseyside since before the turn of the Millennium, but they are flying high at the top-flight’s summit this season, making Claudio Ranieri’s men 6/1 with Coral to triumph and both teams to score (£20 max stake).

The Foxes stunningly sit top at Christmas ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City, holding a two-point lead over Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, while Liverpool lie further down in ninth position after a recent blip against Watford in their last outing.

Foxes can capitalise on Reds struggles

After a previous four-game winning run in all competitions, Klopp’s Reds are have now gone the same amount of time without a victory, with Odion Ighalo helping the Hornets earn a shock 3-0 triumph last time out. Although, the Merseyside outfit are 14/5 to secure three points and a clean sheet in this latest domestic encounter.

Injury-plagued hitman Daniel Sturridge is 4/1 to open proceedings an Anfield as he looks to build some form and momentum after many setbacks, while Belgian attacker Divock Origi is 7/4 to continue his encouraging streak with another goal anytime.

The record run of Jamie Vardy could continue too, and the clinical Foxes frontman is 6/1 to strike the game’s last goal, with fellow Leicester star Riyad Mahrez 2/1 to net anytime in this interesting Boxing Day Premier League encounter.

Chelsea v Watford

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, December 26th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
  • Stamford Bridge, London

Blues battling for revival under Hiddink

The second post-Jose Mourinho era recommences at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on Watford on home soil under the temporary guidance of veteran Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, with the Hornets aiming for a first Blues win since September 1999.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side actually sit eight places and 10 points above their London rivals ahead of this Boxing Day dust-up, with the hosts 27/20 to earn a fifth successive home win to nil in this fixture since 2004, while Watford are 6/1 for another upset.

The visitors will hold plenty of confidence for their latest encounter, after stunning Liverpool in their previous match-up, with deadly marksman Ighalo bagging a brace in that victory to maintain his fine form in front of goal. He is 7/2 to dispatch again at the Bridge anytime, with a £20 max stake, while Troy Deeney is 15/2 to score first.

Former Barcelona wideman Pedro helped the Blues get back on track last time out against Sunderland with well-taken strike on home turf, and he is 5/1 to net last here, with fellow Black Cats conqueror Oscar 7/4 to strike anytime.

Man City v Sunderland

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, December 26th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
  • The Etihad, Manchester

City seek Sunderland home ruling

Manchester City lost ground in the title race with a recent defeat to fellow silverware chasers Arsenal, but Manuel Pellegrini’s Sky Blues are seeking to bounce back with a vengeance against Sunderland, who they have toppled in three consecutive meetings.

City smashed four past the Wearsiders in their last meeting in September during a League Cup clash and during a domestic match-up last term, making the Citizens 7/2 to win by four or more goals this time around on home soil.

Sunderland’s last triumph over City in Manchester came back in 1998 but, with Sam Allardyce now at the helm, they are 12/1 to end that torrid run with a shock victory and are 9/2 to score first, with a £20 max stake.

Sergio Aguero opened proceedings in the most recent Capital One Cup tussle though, and he is 11/4 to do so again here, while Kevin De Bruyne is 5/4 to strike anytime and follow up his goal in that most recent win too.

The Black Cats will be reliant on prolific poacher Jermain Defoe, with the former England international having netted seven times so far this current campaign, and he is 11/2 to dispatch anytime again.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Jamie Vardy to bag the last goal in Leicester City’s Boxing Day clash with Liverpool.

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